Last Child in the Woods

I found this on the Minnesota EcoMom blog. I just spent the afternoon in the woods with my two boys, wading in the creek, catching minnows, and getting muddy. We like to catch snakes, tadpoles, and crawdads. We explore and build forts. It's what I loved growing up, so I pass it on. I guess it might actually be a necessary part of childhood...

In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv 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.

Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond—and many are right in our own backyard.

This new edition reflects the enormous changes that have taken place since the book was originally published. It includes:

100 actions you can take to create change in your community, school, and family.

35 discussion points to inspire people of all ages to talk about the importance of nature in their lives.

A new progress report by the author about the growing Leave No Child Inside movement.

New and updated research confirming that direct exposure to nature is essential for the physical and emotional health of children and adults


Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder has spurred a national dialogue among educators, health professionals, parents, developers and conservationists. This is a book that will change the way you think about your future and the future of your children.

1 comment:

Pam Hogeweide said...

wow. thanks for the heads up about this book. i never gave it much thought, but yes, an epidemic of nature deficit kids is clearly apparent. and nature deficit adults i would add. i am blessed that i married a man who loves the outdoors. he taught me, the city girl who grew up in the desert valley of las vegas, how to camp and how to enjoy a river on a hot summer day. camping is our family's favorite summer past time. oregon is the perfect state to explore old growth forests, hilly trails, waterfalls and rugged coast line.

I will look for this book to keep myself inspired in my family's commitment to get outside and play!