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“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” Richard Louv


Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children

By: Angela Hanscom and Richard Louv

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Summary: Angela Hanscom is pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook an award-winning nature-based program that has gained international popularity. She shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for children’s cognitive development and growth, and offers tons of fun, engaging ways to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults.


How to Play in the Woods

By Robin Blankenship

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Summary: Learn skills, games, and activities for back-to-nature adventures and camping trips, for all ages and abilities, from children to adults. How to Play in the Woods is a must-have for anyone working with scouts or youth groups, as well as a handy reference book for campers and outdoor enthusiasts who need to brush up on basic survival skills.




Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

By Richard Louv

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Summary: Never before in history have children been so plugged in-and so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking new work, 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 rises in obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder and depression. Last child in the Woods is the first book to bring together cutting-edge research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development-physical, emotional, and spiritual. What’s more, nature is a potent therapy for depression, obesity, and Add. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Even creativity is stimulated by childhood experiences in nature.



Wild Play

By David Sobel

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Summary: Wild Play is David Sobel’s vivid and moving memoir of his families’ experiences and an inspiring guide for all parents who seek to help their children bond with the natural world. Through this family’s experiences, we observe how free play in nature hones a sense of wonder, provides healthy challenges, and nurtures earth stewardship. “Parents need to support kids’ access to independent outdoor play,” says Sobel. A trailblazing environmental educator raised his children in the heart of nature. His story shows other parents how they can counter today’s pervasive “nature deficit.” Updated wtih new essays.



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