Articles covering the children and nature movement, and observations and studies verifying the benefits of children and families connecting with nature.
Articles, excerpts, opinions and musings by the author and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network.
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
VITAMIN N FOR THE SOUL: 10 Ways Faith-Based Organizations Can Connect Children, Families and Communities to the Natural World
Faith-based communities, and religious organizations could play a much larger role in helping children and adults know the world through nature. In this blog post, Richard Louv shares ways places of worship can realize their potential to reduce nature-deficit disorder.
Guest writer Steve Chase shares insight on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to recruit more diverse employees. Steve encourages youth to apply for green jobs, and provides advice on how to apply and secure that perfect nature job.
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
Inspired by the children and nature movement, John Linehan, CEO of Zoo New England, hopes the redesign of the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston will help fight nature-deficit disorder. Re-opening in 2017, zoo visitors will be able to observe animals more clearly, and offer educational play structures designed to mimic the animals’ natural habitats.
Derek Ward of Natural Habitat Adventures weighs in on the ongoing discussions and research on how nature is good for our health and happiness. Ward reminds us that while the research is new, nature as a healing concept has been around for centuries.
Children that attend Cedarsong Nature School have an entire forest for their school, learning through authentic exploration of the natural world. Erin Kenny, Cedarsong’s founder, has trained 75 schools over the past three years, with a goal to establish cohesiveness among forest schools.
Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear Township, Minnesota celebrates ten years by moving their nature preschool program to a bigger location. Once an experimental program, the nature preschool can now enroll twice as many kids.
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.