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Treating 'Nature-Deficit Disorder': A Conversation with Trails & Trilliums Keynote Richard Louv

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Richard Louv joins us.  He's the keynote speaker at the Trails & Trilliums Festival taking place in Sewanee April 10 - 12.  He's also the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age.  Louv is also the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network.

From the Trails & Trilliums Web site:

Keynote Talk: "The Nature Rich Life" Louv will present a keynote talk and book signing during Wine & Wildflowers, Saturday, April 11 at 6:00 in the Assembly Auditorium. Tickets for the wine and cheese reception and the talk are $20 a person, payable at the door or online. Following his talk, there will be a chance to purchase and get autographs in copies of the brand new 10th Anniversary Edition of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.

Read more about the 3-day festival at Nooga.com.

Louv is also speaking at the Connection With Children Nature Symposium in Sewanee.

From a media release:

Connecting Children with Nature Symposium

Friday April 10th 2pm-3:30pm at the University of the South in Sewanee

Featuring Richard Louv

Nancy Dorman, Tennessee State Parks Program Services Manager, is organizing a symposium for state park employees and educators to be held at the University of the South on Friday April 10, 2015.   Attendees will hear from Author Richard Louv — who coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” and wrote the groundbreaking book Last Child in the Woods:Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder which investigates the relationship of children and the natural world.  Dorman said, “The FSC is providing a real gift to the state by bringing Louv here and providing this opportunity for educators to share ideas and form alliances in the battle to bring children to nature.”  For Richard Louv's bio and photo visit http://www.trailsandtrilliums.org/RichardLouv.html

Other local environmental professionals taking part in the panel discussion include: Vera Vollbretch, Warner Park Nature Center; Leslie Meehan, Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization; Ansley Eichhorn, Chattanooga's Ivy Academy; Dr. Anthony DeLucia, East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine; Location: Blackman Auditorium in Woods Laboratories.  To see the schedule and register for the free symposium for educators at the University of the South:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/connecting-children-with-nature-featuring-richard-louv-at-sewanee-tickets-15874583 306

Following publication of Last Child in the Woods, Louv sparked a debate that influenced national policy and inspired campaigns throughout North America. His recent book, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, delivers another powerful call to action. He is co-founder of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping connect communities to the natural world. In 2012 he was keynote speaker at the first White House Summit on Environmental Education.

The symposium which is being organized in conjunction with Trails and Trilliums, a 3-day festival of guided hikes on trails in South Cumberland State Park, workshops, ART for the PARK, native plant sale, and free children's events including a ropes course and wildlife programs. This unique event, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 10th-12th. at the historic Monteagle Sunday School Assembly near Sewanee.  Proceeds support the work of the Friends of South Cumberland — one of the leading land preservation groups in the state. For information, visit www.trailsandtrilliums.org or contact@trailsandtrilliums.org