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THE RESTORATIVE POWER OF NATURE IN DIFFICULT TIMES

For the past couple of days, my younger son and I have been trying to cure our nature-deficit disorder. Right now, I’m sitting in bed in a Bishop, California motel that, well, isn’t the Ritz. Matthew, who is 23, is still asleep, and deeply. A few hours ago we staggered across the clumped grass and mud along the Owens River, struggled to keep our balance as 40 mph gusts tangled our…

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Added by Richard Louv on March 23, 2011 at 6:57pm — 2 Comments

Is there a “Button Park” in your future?

Remember the special place in nature that you had as a child — that wooded lot at the end of the cul de sac, that ravine behind your housing tract? What if adults had cared just as much about that special place as you did, when you were a child?



In the spirit of the Do it Yourself, Do it Now philosophy of the Children & Nature Network, here’s an idea whose time may be coming: the creation of “nearby-nature trusts.” Land trust organizations could develop and distribute tool kits,… Continue

Added by Richard Louv on November 16, 2009 at 3:50pm — No Comments

The Backyard Revolution II

Just posted at http://www.childrenandnature.org/blog/



Sep 21st, 2009 by Richard Louv



A while back, I wrote about a terrific book in this space, and mentioned there was more to come. So here’s Part II.



Doug Tallamy is professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, and the author of “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens”, a book I’ve endorsed as “the perfect antidote to the… Continue

Added by Richard Louv on September 22, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

America’s Best Cities for Nature-Deficit Disorder. Now what about the rest of us?

Part of the following column is adapted from a previous blog entry. The column was released September 4, 2009 
by Citiwire.net. Citiwire.net columns are not copyrighted and may be reproduced in print or electronically; please show authorship, credit Citiwire.net and send an electronic copy of usage to webmaster@citiwire.net.





In August, CBS’ “The Early Show” recognized the danger of what we’re now informally calling “nature-deficit disorder.” The show featured the 25 best… Continue

Added by Richard Louv on September 7, 2009 at 3:55pm — No Comments

What kids don't know can sting them

New sting for mother nature: Four in ten children mistake a bee for a wasp

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

03rd September 2009



Four out of ten children can't tell the difference between a wasp and a bee, a study revealed today.



Researchers found 37 per cent of youngsters aged between five and ten didn't know what a bee looked like - with one in three mistaking it for a wasp.



Incredibly, three per cent picked 'fly' when shown a picture of a… Continue

Added by Richard Louv on September 3, 2009 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

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