Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Children & Nature Network (Lecture Tuesday 2/24)

For any of you interested in learning about the modern movement to reconnect children with nature, check out this lecture!

Child Advocacy expert Richard Louv, who wrote for the Union Tribune and tours widely promoting getting children connected to nature will be speaking Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Point Loma Nazarene University at 7:00 pm.

Louv wrote the book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, and it has spurred a National Dialogue among educators, health professionals, parents, developers and conservationists.

In the book, Louv describes the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, and he directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online or by phone before Friday, February 13: 619-849-2297 or at Otherwise $10 at the door.
Louv is also Chairman of the Children and Nature Network (

I've been checking out the Children and Nature Network (C&NN) website and it's a great source for articles that promote getting kids Outside. And the C&NN doesn't just push ideas and philosophies, their articles provide documented evidence supporting the positive impact Nature has on Children as well as society as a whole.

Here are links to two of my favorite articles on the site, they're topics that I believe are the most relevant to the generation of kids growing up today in good ole sprawling San Diego:

How Children Lost the Right to Roam in Four Generations

The Powerful Link Between Conserving Land and Preserving Health

This is a link to the C&NN Google Maps Application where you can search for Grassroots Programs and Events involving Children and Nature near you.

Richard Louv's Blog: Field Notes from the Future-The Human Relationship with Nature