THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT
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.”
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.
In the News
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 efforts to bring back unstructured outdoor play.
A survey of more than 1400 children in Singapore identified excessive screen use in the study group of eight to twelve-year-olds. 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.
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.
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
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.