QUESTIONS FROM AUSTRALIA: Students in Sydney Ask About Nature-Deficit Disorder

About the Author

Richard Louv is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization supporting the international movement to connect children, their families and their communities to the natural world. He is the author of ten books, including "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder," "The Nature Principle," and "Vitamin N." His newest book is "Our Wild Calling: How Connecting to Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs." In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal. He speaks frequently around the country and internationally.

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Australia is hopping with folks committed to the children and nature movement.

Please click here for a list of some (not all) of the great organizations doing inspiring work across Australia.

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The list was assembled by and graciously shared with C&NN by Antje Dun, librarian with ACF. If your Australian organization should be on this list, please let us know by commenting below.

I’m pleased to be headed back to Australia. From Feb. 22 through Feb. 26, 2014, I’ll be helping the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) raise awareness about connecting children, adults and communities to nature. I’ll be visiting Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.

During my first visit, in 2007, I worked with several organizations across the country, and was asked to help launch Nature Play WA, a campaign led by the state of Western Australia. Nature Play WA is now collaborating with IslandWood, a nature education program in the United States.

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And in 2012, New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service invited me to come to Sydney. While I was there, the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre taped a series of short interviews done by elementary and high school students at the Royal Botanic Gardens, published online in 2013.

As you’ll see, the six students were exceedingly smart and charming. Maybe I’ll see them on this trip, too…


Engaging Children with Nature
Interview No. 1
Other student videos in the series:

No. 2No. 3No. 4.


Learn about the Children & Nature Network Worldwide

A Shared Vision, by Cheryl Charles

Join the Worldwide Movement

New International Attention to a Forgotten Human Right

The Movement Down Under


  1. The Natureweavers Place would love to be included on this list.

    Natureweavers is where children intentionally gather to experience their local wildspace with head, heart and hands. We are a local forest school program that has been operating on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, since 2010.

    Alongside their guides, Fiona Ball and Carly Garner, Natureweavers work and play interpretively to discover the awe and wonder of green spaces through making, being and doing. A balance of practical and wonderful, risk and reward, self and other, internal and external, noise and silence – these dualities allow space for participants to experience their whole self and the whole space around them.

    We aim to ‘earth’ children and enable foundational empathy within them, such that they uncover connections, have experiential understanding and develop life skills that inform their existence ongoing. Our work is hands on, dirty, smelly and messy – we believe that education arises through exploration and we immerse our Natureweavers completely in the greenspaces in which we teach within.

    Love your work, Richard, and the many other inspiring and enlightened individuals working to bring earth to children and children to earth.

  2. Fantastic. I really dislike how much our youth is retreating from nature for their technology. Its starting to create quite the disconnect, I think.

  3. A great movement to help our Mother Earth. Our Future lies in the hands of our children. It is a wonderful idea to educate them on the importance of Nature and have them influence the adults. Nowadays, far too many adults are killing Earth for their own short term gains since they can’t see or don’t care what consequences their actions will bring for our future generations.

  4. Matters of nature should definitely be inculcated early in the life of the children. If possible included in the curriculum. With the increasing industrialization and sophistication of society, gravity of climate change is totally lost from the kids.


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