The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being. C&NN also promotes fundamental institutional and cultural change and provides resources for sharing information, strategic initiatives and success stories. These selected articles and recent writings by Richard Louv and others expand on events and initiatives in the children and nature movement, its leadership, strategies and vision of the future; they also describe a New Nature Movement, which includes and broadens traditional environmentalism and sustainability.
Richard Louv is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and 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(Algonquin). His books have been translated into 12 languages and published in 17 countries, and helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature. He is the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal; past recipients include Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and Jimmy Carter. Among other awards, Louv received the 2007 Cox Award, Clemson University’s highest honor for “sustained achievement in public service.” He has served as an adviser to the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award program, is a member of the Citistates Group, and appears often on national radio and television programs, including the Today Show, CBS Evening News, and NPR’s Fresh Air,, and travels frequently to address international gatherings. In 2010, he delivered the plenary keynote at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in 2012 was keynote speaker at the first White House Summit on Environmental Education. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Times of London, Orion, Outside and other newspapers and magazines, and was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune and Parents magazine. With artist Robert Bateman, he serves as honorary co-chair of Canada’s Child in Nature Alliance. Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather hike than write.
For more information about Richard Louv and his work, please see http://www.richardlouv.com.