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K-State Today

April 17, 2012

Natural learning expert to speak April 26

Submitted by Lauren Swirbul

Robin Moore, director of the Natural Learning Initiative, will speak April 26 at the 2012 Engagement Symposium, "A Day of Learning: Communities Engaging Landscape." The symposium is hosted by the Center for Engagement and Community Development and the department of landscape architecture/regional and community planning.

The keynote address, provided by Moore, will begin at 1 p.m. in the Flint Hills Room of the K-State Student Union. Moore’s address will focus on how and why communities are engaging childhood learning through landscape.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to bring in Dr. Robin Moore to talk about his Natural Learning Initiative, which promotes the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of children, through environmental design, action research, education and dissemination of information," said David Procter, director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development.

Moore holds degrees in architecture and urban planning and is currently a professor at North Carolina State University. He speaks at universities around the world on various topics such as child development, landscape architecture, and environmental education.

Moore has many well-known design pieces such as the Environmental Yard in Berkeley, Calif.; Nature Playscape in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Kids Together Park in Cary, N.C. In addition, he has authored and co-authored multiple books and articles including "Children’s Domain: Play and Place in Child Development," 1986; "Plants for Play," 1993; and "Natural Learning," 1997.

For more information on Moore, go to www.naturalearning.org. Learn more about attending the Engagement Symposium at www.k-state.edu/cecd; click “featured events” in the right hand corner.