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Richard Louv
Richard Louv, recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal, is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community, including The Nature Principle, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, and in April, 2016, Vitamin N. He is co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, he . He has written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and other newspapers and magazines. He has appeared on The Early Show, Good Morning America, Today, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, NPR's Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, and many other programs. For more information, visit

Entries by Richard Louv

7 Ways to Opt Outside All Year Long

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 10:43 AM


The greatest gift we can give is the gift of time. What better way to grow closer to a child, spouse, friend or potential friend, than to leave behind the jarring pressures and electronic static of everyday life, and simply go for a...

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Going on a Techno-Fast: Taking a Break From the Virtual World

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 12:20 AM

On the way out of town, I got the shakes. Well, not the shakes exactly, but I wasn't a happy pre-camper. My wife, Kathy, and I had committed to four days away from beeping gadgets, ringing phones, sawing neighbors, the on-demand life. It had been too long since our last...

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Restoring Peace: 6 Ways Nature in Our Lives Can Reduce the Violence in Our World

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 2:05 PM

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, we've talked about gun laws and mental health treatment, amid a host of other responses. But one potential additional tool has not been mentioned.

Now, let me say right off that I don't pretend nature is a paragon of peace. Writer...

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10 Reasons Why We Need Vitamin N

(7) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 9:01 AM

"I recall my father's dark tanned neck, creased with lines of dust, as he tilled our garden. I ran ahead of him, pulling rocks and bones and toys from his path." -- The Nature Principle

In Last Child in the Woods, I focused on why children need nature. In...

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Got Dirt? Beyond Nature-Deficit Disorder

(4) Comments | Posted April 29, 2008 | 10:30 AM

"In South Carolina, a truckload of dirt is the same price as a video game!" reports Norman McGee, a father in that state who bought a small pickup-load of dirt for his daughter and friends.

McGee is turning consciousness into action. So is Liz Baird, who keeps a "wonder bowl"...

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