Richard Louv

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Richard Louv is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization supporting the international movement to connect children, their families and their communities to the natural world. He is the author of eight books, including "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" and "The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age." In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal.

  Is your city or urban region nature-rich? Could it be? As of 2008, for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than live in the countryside. This unprecedented change, as it advances, will lead us down two possible...
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Vitamin N for the Soul - nature play “We are not God. The Earth was here before us and was given to us.” – Pope Francis My youngest son once asked me if a connection to a higher power is, in fact, an underutilized sense – one that some people find activated in...
Natural Teachers Know: Kids Learn Better With Vitamin N Not long ago I met some dedicated young women who were doing their student teaching at an impressive nature-based preschool. They made it clear that they’d love to pursue careers at similar schools. But they were discouraged about the prospects...
Finding peace in nature One potential tool for reducing human violence is seldom mentioned. Let me say right off that I don’t pretend that nature is a paragon of peace. Writer Herman Melville once challenged the idea of nature as “the grand cure,” as he...
Nature camps - photo from Islandwood Summer’s well under way, but it’s never too late to think about summer camps — or day camps throughout the year. Young people—the ones lucky enough to have attended a school, church or other organized camp, or to have camped...
Children & Nature Network - Natural Leaders Conference Spend too much time watching the bleating heads on cable news and you’ll feel overwhelmed and depressed, and not necessarily illuminated. Hang out with young Natural Leaders, who gathered at the National Conservation Training Center in West...
Reading outside - natural library On June 12 and 13, the Children & Nature Network launched its Natural Library initiative during a community celebration at the Sun Ray Library and Conway Park in St. Paul, Minnesota. The new Sun Ray Natural Library will serve as one...
Richard Louv - father and children gardening I spent hours at my father’s feet. I can still see the dirt dried on his shoes. I watched his shoes sink into the garden. I remember now a small grass fire near his feet, his shoes crushing the flames. And looking up, I see him wearing an Army...
Elise Truchan and her tree house - Kristina Serafini/TribLIVE.com Remember when people worried about the Permissive Society? They should stop worrying. We’ve become the Permission Society. In January, Elise Truchan, 14, began her design and construction of an impressive, attractive treehouse in her...
The Criminalization of Natural Play A note from The Children & Nature Network: C&NN is eager to begin a discussion about legal issues related to children and nature. In July, we ran this piece as a precurser. This week, April 7-9, 2015, C&NN hosts an international...