Last Child in the Woods

Unit 1: Getting our bearings. Length: 1 day.

Watch two videos about Richard Louv, learn about his book and the impact of his ideas on science education.

richardlouv.com, Last Child in the WoodsRichard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder:

“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: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder has spurred a national dialogue among educators, health professionals, parents, developers and conservationists.”

Talk about Louv’s ideas together and comment below or in email, if you like, on how Louv’s ideas might align with your approach to studying biology this year.

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Optional links:

  • Louv’s website: the Resource guide contains some great suggestions!
  • If you’re interested, buy the book at Amazon ($10)
  • There are many videos and audios by Louv or about his book online (search for them if you want more). Here’s one, an Audio presentation (1 hr, 38 mins), recorded on September 24, 2008 at Cornell’s Statler Auditorium.
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