Richard Louv

Recipient of the Audubon Medal

Author of the International Bestseller Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

PLANET HOPE: On People & Nature

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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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The 7 Best Stories and Trends of 2015: For children, families, communities, and nature, it was a very good year

First published by the Children & Nature Network.

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n a world filled with dismal news, 2015 was a banner year for the new nature movement. Here’s a sampling of some of the inspiring trends and stories from the past year.

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Bring Down the Barriers: Five Causes of Nature-Deficit Disorder; Five Challenges for the New Nature Movement

In the 21st Century, our Great Work – as Thomas Berry put it – must be the creation of a new, restorative relationship with the rest of the natural world. It’s time to envision that future.

It’s time to bring down the barriers, including these — which are not only between people and nature, but also between people.

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Every Teacher Can Be a Natural Teacher: 10 Ways You Can Add Vitamin N to the Classroom & Beyond

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Want a Nature-Smart Career? 11 New Jobs for a Nature-Rich Future (and for Right Now

Want to make a decent living and a better life? Here's one way. Get a job – a nature-smart job. Or better yet, be a nature-smart entrepreneur. By that, I don't mean a career devoted only to energy efficiency. That's important, but there's a whole new category of green jobs coming. These careers and avocations will help children and adults become happier, healthier and smarter, by truly greening where people live, work, learn and play. 

Here are some exciting careers that you—and your kids— may never have considered:

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The Australia Tour: Sponsored by the Australian Conservation Foundation

Richard Louv Australia tour

MELBOURNE, SYDNEY, BRISBANE AND ADELAIDE | Saturday, 22 February 2014 to Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Richard Louv is a journalist and the author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community.

The value of nature as an essential aspect of our health, creativity, intelligence and wellbeing is often overlooked. Yet when nature is diminished, so are we.

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, uses the term nature-deficit disorder to explain the correlation between an increase in social, mental and physical health problems with less time spent in nature in our increasingly busy and technology-driven lives.

ACF is delighted to be hosting Connected by Nature: In conversation with Richard Louv, a series of public events in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide from February 22-26.

Richard Louv argues that by tapping into the restorative powers of nature - by getting a strong hit of ‘vitamin nature’ - we can boost mental agility and creativity; promote health and wellbeing; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds.

Connected by Nature: In conversation with Richard Louv will offer renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live.

For individual event details and to purchase tickets, click on each event below.

Saturday 22 Feb - Melbourne

Sunday 23 Feb - Sydney

Monday 24 Feb - Brisbane

Wednesday 26 Feb - Adelaide

For a list of some of the organizations building the children and nature movement in Australia, click here.

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WHO'S LEADING THE CHARGE IN AUSTRALIA? A Growing List of Groups Connecting People (Especially Children) to Nature

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is bringing me to several cities in Australia on Feb. 22 to Feb. 26. And Australia is hopping with folks committed to the children and nature movement.

Here's a list sent to me by Antje Dun, librarian with ACF, about some of the great organizations doing inspiring work. I'm hoping to meet folks from many of these organizations during the tour.

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Giving the Gift of Holiday Love Lists: An Alternative Tradition

Every year….

One December, I wrote a newspaper column about Linda Evangelist, of El Centro, California, who did not enjoy shopping

Linda and the members of her family decided that, rather than buying each other presents, each would write a love letter to the other family members, to be read aloud on Christmas morning. The love letters would list at least twenty-five reasons why the person receiving the letter was loved or valued.

Among the reasons her son Brad (then a teenager) gave for loving his dad: “You would bribe me to go get ice cream late at night after Mom went to bed.” Among the reasons her two sons gave for loving their mom: “You come up with weird ideas like this one.” Among the reasons the brothers gave for loving each other: “You rode me on your handlebars to school when I was in junior high,” and “You were considerate enough to put your banana peels under the couch.” And so on

Love lists became a Christmas morning tradition in the Evangelist household—and in many other homes, as well, including those of other religious (and non-religious) persuasions. One year, in the holiday season, a talk-show host on L.A. radio station KFI read the column over the air. The idea began to spread. So I decided that my family had better get on board, too.

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What if...?

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Imagine a World

The full text of this essay is in the paperback edition of "The Nature Principle"

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