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Commentary by Richard Louv & Guest Writers

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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The Essential Role of Libraries in Creating Nature-Rich Communities

Richard Louv


Do We Need a No-Child-Left-Inside Legal Defense Fund?

Richard Louv


Prestigious International Scientists and Health Experts Call for Cities Rich in Nature
Richard Louv


How Animals Can Help a Child Grow Up to be a Good Human Being
Richard Louv

THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT: Commentary by Richard Louv & Guest Writers

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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.


I spent hours at my father’s feet. I can still see the dirt dried on his shoes. I watched his shoes sink into the garden. I remember now a small grass...

Early Learning Institute: Cultivating Our Natural Learning Community – June 5-6, 2015 in Knoxville, TN

Friday’s program includes sessions, workshops, and
a keynote address by Richard Louv.

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Feeling Down? Take a Walk in the Woods

A Ph.D. research team from Standard University surveyed 38 healthy people to evaluate how prone they were to think negative thoughts. Afterwards, they sent the participants on a 90-minute walk: half of the group to walk in nature, the other half to walk on a busy street. Learn what they discovered.

A Camp for Kids Who Love to Dig into the Dirt

Shared Legacy Farms in Elmore, Ohio offers a new opportunity for first and second graders this summer. Farm Science Camp teaches kids about where our food comes from, including learning about the earth’s soil, plants and bugs through hands-on activities.

Splish-Splash! – The Preschool with the Puddle!

A preschool in Kumamoto, Japan houses a natural puddle accumulation system to collect rain water during Japan’s rainy season. Japanese architect Hibino Sekkei designed the preschool’s roof to allow rain water to accumulate and then drop into the school’s atrium so kids can interact and play with the water rather than keeping them inside.

Diversity, Equity, and America's Conservation Legacy

As the largest and fastest growing minority group, Latinos will play a critical role in how we address our conservation and outdoor recreation challenges. What drives this passion for Latinos in the 21st century?

Juan Martinez, C&NN Director of Leadership Development and the Natural Leaders Network, will be speaking about this and other topics on May 12th at Seattle REI

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