Richard Louv Brings "Children and Nature" Message to Congress

Washington, DC (March 1, 2007) – Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, testified before the United States House of Representatives Interior and Environmental Subcommittee yesterday. He described an emerging children and nature movement which has taken shape since his book brought attention to what Mr. Louv calls ”nature deficit disorder.”

Mr. Louv urged federal and state parks systems to replicate Connecticut’s No Child Left Inside program “which has successfully repopulated that state’s parks with families.” He advocated for collaborations between the Departments of Interior, Education, Agriculture and Health and Human Services to help “plant the seeds of nature and rural cultures in the next generation" and to address the nation's childhood obesity epidemic.

Mr. Louv’s ideas have sparked great interest in the recreation community and have been central to discussions at recent national conferences including the “National Dialogue on Children and Nature” at the National Conservation Training Center and at the American Recreation Coalition’s “Partners Outdoors 2007.”

For a transcript of Mr. Louv’s remarks, click here.

For a summary of the Partners Outdoors 2007 conference, click here.