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Which states are pursuing or have adopted a Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights? What's the impact?
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Wisconsin is the most recent state to pursue Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe other states (as state policy or statewide public campaign) include California,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Suz Lipman Dec 5, 2011.

Ways to make the outdoors safer for children and families
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Colleagues, I received this message a few days ago on Facebook. The writer poses and excellent question, related to the park and trail a few miles north of where I live, where a 17 year old was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Suz Lipman Apr 27, 2010.

Children, Nature and the Law
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We all know that fear of litigation is one of the formidable barriers for families, schools and other organizations concerned about children and nature. I wrote about this in "Last Child in the…Continue

Tags: lawyers, fear, children, law, litigation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Louv Sep 23, 2009.

House Parties for Children and Nature?
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A cool idea of Sierra Club's: holding house parties all over the country to watch the Ken Burns documentary about National Parks and then talk about them. Wonder if something like that could be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Thielbahr Sep 23, 2009.


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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…


Posted 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

Posted on November 16, 2009 at 3:50pm

The Backyard Revolution II

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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

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 9:30pm

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 
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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

Posted on September 7, 2009 at 3:55pm

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At 11:12am on January 25, 2011, JUAN CARLOS OSORIO said…

Hi Richard,

We have read your book and would like to invite you to give a conference. Couldn;t find how to send a private message.

You are doing a very nice work


At 8:41am on June 21, 2010, jane Langley said…
Dear Richard, I have just launched the Concrete Jungle, here in the UK, a national campaign to create the countries biggest wildlife garden across 26,000 schools, we aim at 300,000 sq meters for wildlife and more. This online project can be found on Cool it Schools is a growing global community, it’s free to join and has creative projects for everyone.

The Concrete Jungle campaign is led by pupils from a very urban south London state school called The Charter. These young people are currently editing a special edition of the BBC World Service's One Planet programme, exploring ways to successfully bring nature right into their school grounds. They are also looking for ways of spreading the campaign to every school including, they told Mike Williams (One Planet), creating a children’s movement on a global scale.

The 800 children in The Charter School in London will soon know the difference between a honey bees and wild bees, filled their newly constructed ponds, watched life appear from nowhere, planted a new conservation bluebell wood and wild flower garden to attract bees, hide a grey metal fence with sweet almond, hawthorn and hazel, learning how to ‘lay a hedge’ in the process.

The Concrete Jungle will enable children to go out from their schools already connected to wildlife, it will become a part of their world, and you never know they may really long for a day in the countryside too.

I want to help them link up with like-minded networks worldwide, are there any more campaigns to get wildlife into schools out there? Particularly where the kids themselves are very proactive, we would love to meet you, team up and share stories.

Cool it Schools has a free showcase so if you are running a campaign at school please register and share your photos, movies and stories.

At 4:09pm on January 24, 2010, Ernie McLaney said…
Open letter to James Cameron...

Very interesting comment from Mr. Cameron and your response was well said. When I saw the film "Avatar", I also felt that our kids today would not have a clue how to read the signs of nature and work with nature instead of separating themselves from it.

Wouldn't it be incredible if we could add a year to a child's education and in that year, they were completely immersed in the natural world for study, observation, understanding, seasonal appreciation, all with a focus on biology, ecology and diversity.

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