Santa Fe, NM. July 25, 2013. The Children & Nature Network today announced the publication of the Natural Leaders Network 2013 Curriculum Guide. The purpose of this Guide is to serve as a resource and practical tool for developing young leaders who will help to reconnect children with nature.
Young leaders throughout North America are worried about the disconnect between children and nature—and many are doing something about it. Richard Louv, co-founder of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) and Chairman Emeritus, coined the phrase nature-deficit disorder to describe this societal change in which so many children and youth are sedentary, indoors and missing the many benefits from direct experiences in nature. Rising to the challenge, the Children & Nature Network created the opportunity for outstanding young people to come together to form the Natural Leaders Network. Natural Leaders are young people between the ages of 15 and 29 who care about nature and helping other people, especially children, find a connection to nature.
“We are dedicated to the long but beautiful struggle to connect every youth with nature and to give a new generation a special place in the outdoors to call their own. Only through empowering young people in their own communities can we solve nature-deficit disorder. Fighting nature-deficit disorder will make our families stronger, our children stronger and our communities stronger,” said Juan Martinez, C&NN’s Director of Leadership Development and the Natural Leaders Network.
A team of Natural Leaders at the national level began…