Last Child in the Woods

Last Child in the Woods

Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

eBook - 2008
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 The Book That Launched an International Movement
 
“An absolute must-read for parents.” —The Boston Globe
 
“It rivals Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.” —The Cincinnati Enquirer
 
“I like to play indoors better ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are,” reports a fourth grader. But it’s not only computers, television, and video games that are keeping kids inside. It’s also their parents’ fears of traffic, strangers, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus; their schools’ emphasis on more and more homework; their structured schedules; and their lack of access to natural areas. Local governments, neighborhood associations, and even organizations devoted to the outdoors are placing legal and regulatory constraints on many wild spaces, sometimes making natural play a crime.
As children’s connections to nature diminish and the social, psychological, and spiritual implications become apparent, new research shows that nature can offer powerful therapy for such maladies as depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade-point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that childhood experiences in nature stimulate creativity.
In Last Child in the Woods, Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Louv shows us an alternative future, one in which parents help their kids experience the natural world more deeply—and find the joy of family connectedness in the process.
 Now includes
A Field Guide with 100 Practical Actions We Can Take 
Discussion Points for Book Groups, Classrooms, and Communities 
Additional Notes by the Author 
New and Updated Research from the U.S. and Abroad
Richard Louv's new book, Our Wild Calling, is available now.
 
Publisher: Algonquin Books

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salsabrarian
Feb 07, 2021

Recommended at forest bathing webinar

SPL_Shauna Nov 07, 2017

If you're a nature lover who's hoping to impart the same love in your children, this book is essential. In the first half of the book, Louv's research details the many ways exposure to nature helps kids' physical, mental and emotional development. The second half of the book focuses on how to put the research into action to benefit your family.

Louv's writing is compelling and impassioned, a call to the outward bound. Enough of the research is applicable to all ages that this book is a good companion read for those who read The Nature Fix, and are hungry for more information. This book is a treasure, and highly recommended.

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vcaron
Dec 16, 2016

This is a must read book. It's not just for parents about children; it's for all of us and our need to be outdoors in nature in order to be a well-balanced, whole individual.

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Ana_Podolyan
Dec 18, 2015

Great book, I've read it from cover to cover in a matter of days, so interesting. Very well reaserched, it tells many interesting facts. I am a nature lover myself, and try to teach my children to treat it with respect to - I found quite a few great ideas to use in parenting. It is not a how-to manual, but
I took the information relevant to me from this book and read a lot of eye opening facts.highly recommended for parents.

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thebritlass
Apr 07, 2015

While not (yet) an official diagnosis, the premise that people, particularly today's children, are suffering from a lack of contact with nature is compelling and inspiring. Contains good arguments to get one making some lifestyle changes

andreas1111 Mar 11, 2014

Great premise to this book. Basically the author contends that due to a number factors such as parental and societal paranoia and the lure of electronic media kids don't get enough time in nature, and that lack of nature has a lot of negative impacts.

I agree 100%, but I still found the book a bit of a tedious read. Seems like the book could easily have been half the length.

Also didn't focus enough on role of parents. if parents are obsessed with electronics and at best ambivalent about spending time outside then how do we expect kids to connect with nature??

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kelidei
Feb 16, 2014

Fascinating and widely researched.

drchestnut Feb 01, 2014

This book was recommended for the library by the artist Robert Bateman who told me in an email that "nature is transforming". He also says research has shown that many issues facing our young people today can be improved by being exposed to nature.
Nature teaches us many life lessons and if we are quiet and listen many wonders.

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justslide
Aug 20, 2013

I would recommend this book to anyone with children and it is a wonderful resource for anyone that works with children and youth as well. Louv speaks about today's young people and how they are growing up in America's third frontier, which includes: the detachment from the sources of food, the virtual disappearance of the farm family, the suburbs and their ever shrinking open space, the ambivalent new relationship between humans and other animals, and a generation that is so "plugged-in" that it has lost the connection with our natural world...but he provides hope for the future and talks about the change that is already in full force. He provides beautiful quotes throughout his chapters. I gotta say, after reading his book, I was truly inspired.

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EricaReynolds
Nov 02, 2010

A terrific book--recommended for all parents. "Nature-deficit disorder" might be a bit of hyperbole, but even for nature-loving parents, this book is an eye-opener with a lot of good evidence of why kids really need and benefit from unstructured outside time in natural environments and that nature needs to be infused into children's daily lives and not just fun vacations.

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