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.”
THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT: Commentary by Richard Louv & Guest Writers
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
A recent study from King’s College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine suggests that the elevated rates of myopia, or short-sightedness, may be related to keeping children inside. This new study of over 3000 volunteers found strong correlations between current eyesight and volunteers’ lifetime exposure to sunlight. The research joins a growing body of research indicating that a lack of direct sunlight may reshape the human eye and impair vision.
Nature preschools, or preprimary schools where children spend all or part of their days outdoors, are on the rise in the United States with close to 250 nature preschools open across the country. According to the Natural Start Alliance, a coalition supporting early childhood and environmental education, only a few dozen nature preschools operated in the United States just five years ago. However, some experts see room for improvement in such schools, particularly regarding access for many urban and economically disadvantaged children.
The National Park Service reports that visits to U.S. national parks is on track to surpass 325 million in 2016, breaking the all-time high of 307 million set in 2015. The increased interest is likely due to a major marketing campaign launched by the National Park Service to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2016, including free passes for every fourth-grader and their families. The Parks Service says the increased visitation is good news but it also brings challenges for the Park Service such as overcrowded roads and trails and increasing visitor misbehavior.
In Melbourne, “simulated outdoor environments” in schools— or indoor areas simulating the outdoors— are under debate. Educators cite research establishing the developmental benefits of the outdoors and nature to children in complaints to the Australian Education Union regarding its approval of childcare centers without outdoor space. Proponents of indoor spaces stress the all-season functionality of the approach.
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.