In preparation for Louv’s visit to Charlotte (October 14th, Freedom Park, noon), which we have previously written about here, we want to share some more info on who Louv is from his bio. We are also excited to share some new developments around the event including the Carolina Raptor’s Center release of a rehabilitated raptor back into the wild, the appearance of government officials, and books sales from Park Road Books. Update: We just confirmed that Grateful Growers Farm, a local farm committed to growing organic produce, will be on site to sell lunch from their Harvest Moon Grille mobile unit.
Richard Louv is a journalist and an internationally recognized expert on the connection between family, nature and community. His book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin), translated into 9 languages and published in 13 countries, has stimulated a global conversation about the relationship between children and nature. Louv is the chairman and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build a movement to create, strengthen, and protect this connection.
The National School Board Journal selected Last Child in the Woods as a notable book in education for 2006 and Discover Magazine named Last Child in the Woods one of the top science books of 2005. Louv coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder ™ which has become the key defining phrase of this important national issue.
Louv has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, and other newspapers and magazines. He has appeared on many national TV shows, including NBC’s Today Show, CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, and NPR’s Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation. Between 1984 and 2007, he was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune. He has also been acolumnist and member of the editorial advisory board for Parents magazine and served as an advisor both to the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award program and to the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. Louv is on the board of directors of ecoAmerica and a member of the Citistates Group. He has appeared before the Domestic Policy Council in the White House as well as at major governmental and professional conferences nationally and internationally.
He is married to Kathy Frederick Louv and the father of two young men, Jason, 27 and Matthew, 22. He is working on his eighth book, about the restorative power of nature, but would rather fish than write.