Richard Louv

Recipient of the Audubon Medal

Author of the National Bestseller Last Child in the Woods

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“Both parents and teachers will find this book invaluable.”

 — Recommended, the National Science Teachers Association

“[Vitamin N is] an insightful and practical guide chock full of inspirational advice.”

“Richard Louv’s Vitamin N should find its place in the list of essential vitamins!”

“Anyone who works with children will embrace this title [Vitamin N]; families will be thrilled by its offerings.”

“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”

Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life

Vitamin N (for “nature”) is the comprehensive practical handbook that readers of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle have been asking for. It addresses the whole family and the wider community with 500 smart, fun, and effective ways to engage with the natural world; scores of informational websites; and dozens of thought-provoking essays. You’ll find an abundance of down-to-earth advice as well as creative projects and activities for every stage of life, from suggestions for calming infants through nature, building a nature vocabulary with toddlers, and helping tweens become citizen scientists to finding nature-centered schools, medical professionals, and even careers; plus easy ways for the whole family to join nature clubs, volunteer to restore damaged habitats, and more.

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Books on the Benefits of Nature—for Children & Adults

Last Child in the Woods by Richard LouvThe Nature Principle by Richard Louv

Last Child in the Woods

In his groundbreaking international bestseller Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv spotlights the alienation of children from the natural world, coining the term nature-deficit disorder and outlining the benefits of a strong nature connection—from boosting mental acuity and creativity to reducing obesity and depression, from promoting health and wellness to simply having fun.

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The Nature Principle

Supported by landmark research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, The Nature Principle identifies seven basic concepts that can help us reshape our lives. By tapping into the restorative powers of nature, we can promote mental and physical health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds.

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