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The New Nature Movement Blog


FEATURED WRITING BY RICHARD LOUV

GOD AND MOTHER NATURE: Mister Rogers and the Gift of the Honest Self

It’s 1993. Fred Rogers enters a noisy hotel lobby, taking pictures of the people who have come to meet him. You realize that you have lowered the volume of your voice. I look down at my son, Matthew, who had turned 6 on the day before Halloween. Normally ebullient and...
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A TREASURE CHEST: What Mothers Leave Behind

My mother, perhaps like yours, gave the gift of nature. I remember her here. The old chest of drawers proved to be a treasure chest. It was a small piece of furniture, perhaps an old washstand, with three drawers. It sat in a storage unit for over a year, and when we...
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DEAR VIRGINIA: On Writing

Dear Virginia, Time has slipped by, and I’ve been meaning to write to you. I met you about a year and a half ago at a conference of environmental educators in Asheville, North Carolina. You were 11 years old then. Your mother had brought you to one of my sermonettes....
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SINGING FOR BEARS: Reclaiming Our Senses, Including Our Sense of Humility

My son Matthew and I were wading up a stream of Alaska’s Kodiak Island. For a second year, Joe, our guide, was teaching us how to sense the presence of Kodiak brown bears, the largest grizzlies — the ones that can run 35 miles per hour, the ones you cannot...
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ALL CHILDREN NEED NATURE: 12 Questions About Equity & Capacity

The children and nature movement may be more diverse than many others, but it needs even more diversity of ethnicity, culture, abilities and economics. I invite you to join us by becoming a Member of the Children & Nature Network. Your support will help children...
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GOING ON A TECHNO-FAST: Taking a Break from the Virtual World

  On the way out of town, I got the shakes. Well, not the shakes exactly, but I wasn’t a happy pre-camper. My wife, Kathy, and I had committed to four days away from beeping gadgets, ringing phones, sawing neighbors, the on-demand life. It had been too long since...
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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, GIVE THE GIFT OF THE UNIVERSE: Share it with your family, and with a child who has never seen the stars

Two-thirds of the U.S. population and more than one-half of the European population may have already lost the ability to see the Milky Way with the naked eye. When air pollution and urban domes of artificial light obscure our view of the night sky, our mental and physical health pay a price. Stars or no stars, natural darkness has value; our biological clocks count on it. In this blog post, Richard Louv shares the importance of seeing stars and why it is a great gift to give to ourselves and to our loved ones.

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WHY HIGHER ENTRANCE FEES WILL HURT OUR NATIONAL PARKS: Better Ways to Support Them

The National Parks are called that for a reason. They’re not the Parks for the One Percent. Not just the Parks for People with Cool Gear. Some people say there are too many people visiting the nation’s parks. They argue that increasing entry fees...
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FIRE AND FERMENTATION: Tragedy and Renewal

At first light, my wife Kathy woke up and walked outside to get the paper. She felt a wave of heat and looked up. The sky was amber and black and foul. “Something’s wrong,” she said, shaking my shoulder. Four hours later, we were driving out of...
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THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING DOWN THERE! Because his parents were Natural Teachers, we all know his name today.

One afternoon, a friend was hosting a backyard barbeque for some neighborhood families. A child called out to the other kids: “Let’s go down to the creek.” The group of kids ran toward a small stream at the end of the yard. “No, stop!” cried one of the parents. “There...
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Richard Louv is our co-founder and best-selling author of the quintessential “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” and two follow-up books on nature connection, “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age,” and “Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life.”

GUEST  BLOGGERS

WRITING FROM A TREE: On the Inspiration of Nature

I first met young Virginia Bee Ward a few years ago when she asked me for tips on launching her writing career. The young naturalist and writer left such an impression on me that I later wrote a blog post about her. My advice to Virginia was: Start writing now,...
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NATUREHOOD: Rediscovering Nature in Your ‘Hood

As you head out the door today to go to work, run errands or hike with friends, stop for a moment to think about your neighborhood. What does your neighborhood represent?  How important is it to you? Now consider how your neighborhood and your concept of neighborhood...
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PARENTING WITH NATURE: Raising Our Kids on Wilderness Adventures

  Inside the Sawtooth National Recreation Area office outside tiny Stanley, Idaho, I told a ranger that my son and I were setting off on a three-day, 18-mile backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Mountains, where we’d camp by remote mountain lakes and cross a pass at...
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BEHOLD THE EARTH: An Interview with Film Director David Conover

In the new music-rich film “Behold the Earth,” director David Conover seizes upon Richard Louv’s observation in “Last Child in the Woods” that most committed environmentalists can recall one special outdoor place from their childhood, a living...
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FLUENCY IN NATURE: A Guide Shares Tips for a Successful Bilingual Camping Trip

This fall, I taught nature lessons from our new Ecologist School Curriculum at TA Brown Elementary School. Mid-semester, we took a group of their families out to McKinney Falls State Park to camp, fish, hike, and enjoy some Texas beauty. It was my first time leading a...
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SPECIAL PLAY SPACE POPS UP IN NEW ZEALAND: Inspired by the 2017 International C&NN Conference

  While attending the 2017 Children and Nature Network International Conference in Vancouver last year, I was inspired by Adam Bienenstock of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds and his pop-up playground, set up specifically for the conference.   I’ve been...
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NOT JUST TINKING AROUND: The Story of Tinkergarten

As awareness of the benefits of outdoor early education has grown, so has the number of “nature-based preschools” (at least 500 percent since 2012). One approach among many to early childhood education in natural settings is Tinkergarten, a nation-wide movement that...
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PLANTING A SEED: A Call to Action Heard and Accepted in the Netherlands

“We need you.” That was the subject line of Richard Louv’s e-mail that arrived in my inbox in April of 2016. He was calling for children and nature leaders from around the world to come together later that spring in Vancouver, B.C. for the 2017 Children &...
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A TIME TO UNPLUG: Get Ready for Screen-Free Week!

Imagine a week when children give their undivided attention to the natural world around them. With the exception of school and homework, they spend that week outdoors – hiking, biking, reading, exploring, gardening, collecting, stargazing, dreaming. With not a...
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RISKY PLAY: Losing a Childhood “Right” of Passage — and a Tool to Help Protect that Right

“Be careful!” “Not so far!” “Get down!” Most parents can relate to having shouted these words. The children typically react with disappointment that their fun was cut short, worry that they are less capable than they thought, or even confusion as to what their...
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Blog posts from guest writers worldwide sharing their work and ideas to connect children to nature.


WRITING FROM A TREE: On the Inspiration of Nature

I first met young Virginia Bee Ward a few years ago when she asked me for tips on launching her writing career. The young naturalist and writer left such an impression on me that I later wrote a blog post about her. My advice to Virginia was: Start writing now,...

NATUREHOOD: Rediscovering Nature in Your ‘Hood

As you head out the door today to go to work, run errands or hike with friends, stop for a moment to think about your neighborhood. What does your neighborhood represent?  How important is it to you? Now consider how your neighborhood and your concept of neighborhood...

A TREASURE CHEST: What Mothers Leave Behind

My mother, perhaps like yours, gave the gift of nature. I remember her here. The old chest of drawers proved to be a treasure chest. It was a small piece of furniture, perhaps an old washstand, with three drawers. It sat in a storage unit for over a year, and when we...

NOT JUST TINKING AROUND: The Story of Tinkergarten

As awareness of the benefits of outdoor early education has grown, so has the number of “nature-based preschools” (at least 500 percent since 2012). One approach among many to early childhood education in natural settings is Tinkergarten, a nation-wide movement that...
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