Natural Learning Initiative Publications and Research

Creating environments for healthy human development and
a healthy biosphere for generations to come.

The purpose of the Natural Learning Initiative is to promote the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.

 Publications:

Behavior Mapping: A Method for Linking Preschool Physical Activity and Outdoor Design

The preschool that children attend has been shown to be a significant but variable predictor of physical activity of 3- to 5-yr-olds, whereas the time outdoors has been found to be a strong correlate of physical activity.

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Download: Cosco_Moore_Islam_BehaviorMapping.pdf

 

Sensory Integration and Contact with Nature: Designing Outdoor Inclusive Environments

In The NAMTA Journal Vol. 34, No. 2

Healthy Planet, Healthy Children: Designing Nature into the Daily Spaces of Childhood

In Biophilic design: the theory, science, and practice of bringing buildings to life

Developing evidence-based design: Environmental interventions for healthy development of young children in the outdoors

In Open Space People Space

What makes a park inclusive and universally designed? A multi-method approach

In Open Space People Space

Greening Montessori School Grounds by Design

In The NAMTA Journal Vol. 32, No. 1

Reasons to Smile at Teardrop

In Landscape Architecture Magazine

Playgrounds: A 150-Year-Old Model

In Safe and Healthy School Environments

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