National Children and Nature Network

The Collaborative brings the national Children & Nature Network movement to San Diego, inspired by “native son” columnist and author Richard Louv with his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, and building on successful programs in more than 60 cities, states, and countries. More information at:

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To highlight his new book, The Nature Principle, Richard Louv gave a lecture at Point Loma Nazarene University on May 6, co-sponsored by the Collaborative and San Diego Audubon Society; 500 people attended. “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.” (Excerpted from highlights posted at