Richard Louv

Recipient of the Audubon Medal

Author of the National Bestseller Last Child in the Woods

Blog Posts: December 2018

THE CHILDREN & NATURE NETWORK: Please Give Kids the Gift of Nature


Dear Friends,

Over a decade ago a small group of hopeful people co-founded the Children & Nature Network. As you know, C&NN was created to bring together unlikely allies from all over the country, and now the world, to build a movement to connect children and nature and overcome what, in Last Child in the Woods,  I called nature-deficit disorder.

Each December, my wife, Kathy, and I write a year-end check to C&NN. If you haven’t already become a member of C&NN or made a donation, I hope you’ll join us this week. As a special incentive, every gift or new or renewed membership made before December 31, 2018 will be matched by one of our generous donors, up to $30,000.

Here are some examples of C&NN’s good work:

So, we’ve seen progress. But the barriers to nature experience remain. In this giving season, I invite you to join us as a new member (or renew) before year-end. Or to contribute in any way you can. If you care deeply about this cause, this is the best time of the year to help the Children & Nature Network meet its 2018 goals and prepare for a strong new year.

To care about the fate of the natural world, children must learn to love it, to understand that it is not separate from them, but part of their humanity. And they have a right to it.  

Thank you for all you’ve done for C&NN, and for the children and nature movement.

Richard Louv
Co-founder/Chair Emeritus
Children & Nature Network
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