Richard Louv

Recipient of the Audubon Medal

Author of the National Bestseller Last Child in the Woods

Blog Posts: April 2016

VITAMIN N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, by Richard Louv — National book launch San Diego April 19

C&NN press release by Jackie Green

On April 12, Algonquin Books published Louv's ninth book, a much-anticipated companion to Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle.

VITAMIN N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life
500 Ways to Enrich the Health and Happiness of Your Family & Community

Featured recently on CBS This Morning and NPR's Diane Rehm ShowVitamin N is a comprehensive and practical guidebook for the whole family and the wider community. It includes actions for parents eager to share nature with their kids, and also for grandparents, teenagers, teachers, health care professionals, mayors and anyone else who wants to create a nature-rich life. "Issuing an imperative that everyone should heed, this important new book provides the tools to reclaim the wonders and health benefits of nature." —Publishers Weekly, starred review. Here's a sampling of what families and communities can do:Vitamin N 3D Cover Read Full Post.

THE SCHOOL OF NATURE: Greening Our Schools May Be The Real Cutting Edge of Education

First published by the Children & Nature Network.

Outside Atlanta, after returning from a class hike through the woods, an excited six-year-old grabbed his head and said, “There’s so much nature and I only have two eyes and one brain and I think it's going to explode!” 

A teacher at the nature-based Chattahoochee Hills Charter School shared that story about her student with me a couple weeks ago. Telling it, she seemed just about as excited as the six-year-old, though she did not grab her head.

We were watching a CBS This Morning television crew roam the grounds. They were working on a piece about schools that emphasize the natural world as a learning environment (barring a Trumpian implosion or other massive world event, the segment will run on April 8th, sometime after 8 a.m. Eastern time). Here's what they saw: a series of classrooms, each in its own building; the front of every classroom is glass to let in natural light, and teachers can open that side of the room to the elements. Surrounding the school is a forest laced with walking trails. From deep in those woods came the sounds of young laughter, running feet and learning.

At Chattahoochee Hills Charter School, students spend about a third of their time learning in the outdoors.

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