Multi-City Spring Tour: Hear Louv Speak on The Nature Principle

About the Author

Susan Sachs Lipman (Suz) has more than 25 years experience as a writer, editor, social media manager, community builder, and advocate for getting children into nature. She is the author of Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, which was named a TIME magazine Top 10 Trend of 2012. She has written for the New York Times Motherlode blog, the Christian Science Monitor’s Modern Parenthood blog and others. Suz serves as the Director of Social Media Promotion and Partnerships for the Children & Nature Network.

Richard Louv will be appearing across the U.S. and Canada this spring in a series of book release events and presentations. Many of these local appearances are free and open to the public, providing an excellent opportunity to introduce community members and potential partners to the goals and vision of the children and nature movement.

In his bestselling book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv helped launch a vital dialog that spawned an international movement to reconnect children and nature. In his new book, The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder, Louv delivers another powerful call to action—this time for adults. He will be speaking about the book in various cities.

What do adults have to do with the children and nature movement? Plenty. While time in nature helps people of all ages vastly improve our physical, psychological and spiritual health, children cannot make the nature connection without the help of the adults in their lives. In addition, Louv suggests, it will take people of all ages, working together, to shift the cultural norms that apply to all of us, to address and restore the fundamental human need for nature that he describes in his book, calling on much current research to underscore his case.

The more high-tech our lives become, Louv writes, the more nature we need. The Nature Principle lays out a scenario that integrates nature into every aspect of our lives, from homes and family life to offices, urban planning and recreational spaces.

You can hear Richard Louv speak about The Nature Principle in the following cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Denver, Austin, Vancouver, Toronto and Saskatoon. More information is available about Richard Louv’s appearances. Not on one of the tour stops? You’ll be able to join him for live chats on Twitter, dates to be announced.

For more information about some of the concepts in The Nature Principle and how they apply to the children and nature movement, please see A Conversation with Richard Louv.


  1. That’s fabulous. You should consider stopping in California’s Central Valley. It’s near San Diego, your home base, so there are opportunities for partnership and real change. The Central Valley is an extremely under-served area despite is fantastic natural lands. We could really use more support from well-established programs like C&NN.

  2. Thanks for the head’s up! Can you please link to registration pages where available? The Chicago host isn’t able to accommodate my registration since they don’t know who the event is linked to and its not under Richard Louv’s name.
    Thank you!

  3. Please keep us informed of the where and when he will be speaking. I’d love to hear him speak about his new book.

  4. Thank you so much for the follow up on the Nature Deficit Movement. We are forging into research with school age children and their exposure to the outdoors here in the urban area of the midwest (high crime, poverty, unemployment).
    Should you have any additional information on current and similar research, please let me know.
    Thank you
    Kim Keenan, MSW, LCSW

  5. So sorry the tour doesn’t include the east coast. I would have loved to go.

  6. Now having read an advanced copy of Louv’s new book The Nature Principle, I am moved by his case for bringing nature into our urban centers, and the need to weave our affinity with the natural together with our day-to-day surroundings. Louv presents a growing body of research that suggests that a lack of ‘nature nearby’ may be associated with an epidemic of obesity and diabetes, asthma, behavior disorders, depression and a diminished sense of place and community. However, as Louv conveys in his book, he is optimistic the trend can be reversed if we bring nature back into our backyards, neighborhoods, and schools. This book is entirely worth reading and incorporating into our experience of life.

    Join Richard Louv on May 1st at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge in Palo Alto, if you are available:—may-1-2011.php

  7. I have been running a community garden in Woodbury, New Jersey with the desire to provide a place for folks in the area to grow their own vegetables and for all involved to reconnect with nature. I absolutely agree that being outside and experiencing the wonders of the natural world with our children is crucial.

    The Woodbury Community Garden was conceived to create a shared space where gardeners and visitors of all and any age are encouraged to enjoy nature through community-based gardening on city park property.
    With an emphasis on education and preservation, this community garden is dedicated to teaching sustainable practices to help preserve the environment for future generations.

    Many of the gardeners bring their children and/or grandchildren.
    I delight in this and hope that being involved with the soil, being a caretaker of the earth and learning through observations, will develop positive attitudes towards nature and become more prevalent here.

    I wondered if Richard Louv ever comes towards the Philadelphia area.
    It would be amazing and wonderful to have him speak at the Woodbury Community Garden.

    Amelie Harris-McGeehan

  8. Richard Louv

    Thanks for all the kind comments. Letting your friends and networks know about The Nature Principle will help, of course. I’m hoping to see many of you during the tour and other travels. That’s the part of touring that authors actually enjoy. Also looking forward to hearing your thoughts on how TNP, along with Last Child, might be used as an organizing tool for the children (people) and nature movement. Suggestions welcome. Again, thanks. – rich

  9. when ya gonna come and speak in/near my school district?
    we are heading to the galapagos tomorrow…very nice!!

  10. I teach Environmental Science at an Environmental Studies Magnet School inspired by your books and ideas. Our school is in Indianpolis, Indiana and is part of the Lawrnece Township Public Schools. We would LOVE to host an evening with you for our families. Please consider this…we have so much to show you!

  11. In the WuDeBo community garden’s idea is to create a Shared space, the gardener and all, any age tourists enjoy encouraged through community-based city garden property garden of nature.
    For education and protection of with attention, the community’s garden is devoted to teaching practice to help the sustainable for future generations to protect the environment.


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