Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Last Child in the Woods

Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder

On Saturday, February 11, Cincinnati Nature Center and the Environmental Council at the Cincinnati Country Day School will present a lecture by Richard Louv, internationally acclaimed author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder.
Louv will speak about the growing disconnect between children and nature … and the potential negative impacts this disconnect has on their emotional, physical and spiritual development. Louv makes a case for immersing children in the natural world, whether during summer camp or during school recess. He chronicles the physiological and psychological benefits of nature education, including reducing childhood obesity and symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). He suggests simple ways that parents, teachers and caregivers can make a positive difference in a child’s life by reconnecting with the outdoors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to overcome the epidemic of Nature-Deficit Disorder that is sweeping the country. The lecture takes place Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati. To register, visit or call (513) 965-4249.

• Admission for the lecture is just $10/person. Parents and teachers can browse an environmental resource fair, and enjoy a book signing and light refreshments following the lecture.
• Admission for children’s activities is only $1/child. Hands-on outdoor activities for children ages 3-10 are provided concurrent to the lecture.
• Preferred seating is available for $50 and includes admission for two and a hard bound copy of Last Child in the Woods.
• Discount admission is available for Cincinnati Nature Center members and for affiliates of the Cincinnati Country Day School.

Resource fair participants include: Cincinnati Earth Institute; Cincinnati Nature Center; Cincinnati Observatory Center; Cincinnati Waldorf School; Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden; Crystal Clear Science; EchoBats, Inc.; the Environmental Council at the Cincinnati Country Day School; Gorman Heritage Farm; Greater Cincinnati Chapter Wild Ones; Greenacres Foundation; Hamilton County Park District; Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District; Highlands Nature Sanctuary; Imago; Mill Creek Restoration Project; ORSANCO; ORSANCO Educational Foundation; and Oxbow, Inc.

Cincinnati Nature Center is a nonprofit environmental education organization whose mission is to inspire passion for nature and promote environmentally responsible choices through experience and education. CNC has been reconnecting people with nature for more than 40 years. For more information, visit or call (513) 831-1711.

Rhonda Barnes-Kloth, Assistant Director for Marketing & Development at (513) 965-4895 or Heather Hahn, Marketing & Development Intern at (513) 831-1711 x414

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