Last Child in the Woods
saving our children from nature-deficit disorder
The third frontier
The criminalization of natural play
pt. II: Why the young (and the rest of us) need nature. Climbing the tree of health
A life of the senses : nature vs. the know-it-all state of mind
The "eighth intelligence"
The genius of childhood : how nature nurtures creativity
Nature-deficit disorder and the restorative environment
pt. III: The best of intentions: why Johnnie and Jeannie don't play outside anymore. Time and fear
The bogeyman syndrome redux
Don't know much about natural history : education as a barrier to nature
Where will future stewards of nature come from?
pt. IV: The nature-child reunion. Bringing nature home
Scared smart : facing the bogeyman
Telling turtle tales : using nature as a moral teacher
pt. V: The jungle blackboard. Natural school reform
pt. VI: Wonder land : opening the fourth frontier. The education of Judge Thatcher : decriminalizing natural play
Cities gone wild
Where the wild things will be : a new back-to-the-land movement
pt. VII: To be amazed. The spiritual necessity of nature for the young
Fire and fermentation : building a movement
While it lasts
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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.
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We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist.
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