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THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT

THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT

Commentary by Richard Louv

Our co-founder and author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” and “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age.”

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Richard Louv is a journalist, author and a leading voice in the New Nature Movement. Louv created the term nature-deficit disorder to describe the negative consequences when children,adults and communities move away from frequent contact with the natural world. Louv is a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network.

Special Key Note Appearance by Richard Louv


Clinical Trends in Pediatric and Adolescent Health September 23 – 25, 2015 – San Diego, CA

Richard Louv will offer a book signing following his presentation at 12:30, September 24.

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Safety Concerns Transform Many of Toronto’s Playgrounds

In Toronto, risky, free play and safety concerns are at odds on city playgrounds. The city, school board and other agencies have recently installed playground equipment in many playgrounds with gear designed almost exclusively for very young children while more traditional elements such as sandboxes and some swings have been removed in the name of risk management. The proliferation of the “safer” playgrounds has resulted in a wave of effort to bring back unstructured outdoor play.

In Singapore, Play Should be Serious Business

A study that surveyed over 1400 children in Singapore from ages eight to 12, found that children are getting excessive screen time. The study, conducted by DQ Institute and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), found that nine-year-olds are spending over 24 hours a week, or about three and a half hours daily, on electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets. Parents say that time is a key barrier to more outdoor play.

‘Virtual Field Trips’: Technology Connects Kids to Remote Classrooms out in Nature

In Washington state, classes are taking virtual field trips to study nature. The high-tech distance learning virtually transports students from across the country to remote state parks in Washington. Washington State Parks Foundation has spearheaded the effort, facilitated by Inspired Classroom and the state-of-the-art satellite-based mobile classroom comes from GCI, Alaska’s largest telecom. The organizers of the effort hope the mobile classrooms will offer thousands of students the opportunity to visit far-away places they would not experience otherwise.

Study Finds Children’s Inactivity Has High Costs

A new study published in the journal “Health Affairs” finds that the current lack of activity among US children ages 8–11 years (just over 30 percent get 25 minutes of high-calorie-burning physical activity three times a week), could result in $1.1 trillion of direct medical costs over the course of their lifetimes.

Explore Austin's 2nd Annual Ascent Speaker Luncheon

The 2nd Annual Ascent Speaker Luncheon
Thursday, October 1, 2015
11:30am – 1:00pm 
JW Marriott Austin

Featured guest speaker, Juan Martinez, Director of Leadership Development and Natural Leaders Network for the Children & Nature Network, will inspire the audience with stories of his life changing journey from detention, to Ecology Club, to North Face Ambassador.

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