Earth and people friendly designs

How can people live happier, healthier lives by incorporating nature into their environments? Find out Feb. 23 during a seminar sponsored at LC by the Central Virginia Master Naturalists and Central Virginia Environmental Education Alliance.

The lecture will be in Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall, with displays in the lobby as follows:

  • 7 to 8 p.m.: Community Expo Informational Displays
  • 8 to 9 p.m.: Lecture: “Earth and People Friendly Designs for Homes and Schoolyards” by Nancy Striniste

Striniste, landscape designer and former teacher, maintains that spending more time in nature can relieve stress, resulting in fewer sick days, as well as improved concentration and learning, particularly among children.

Her designs advocate habitats for homes and schools that harvest rainwater and include native and edible plants, as opposed to traditional lawns. Her emphasis is on sustainable materials and natural play areas, such as playhouses built of earth, natural climbing areas, and sparkling mosaic streams, all designed to bring people outside.

Striniste will also talk about the most effective native plants for all four seasons and include images of homes and schools transformed into sustainable, natural environments.

Light refreshments will be available and the event is free and open to the public.