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Crooked River Reads: A Distinguished Author Series featuring Richard Louv
Join the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park for a new series as we host five distinguished authors throughout 2021.
Join us for an evening with Richard Louv.
“Nature-deficit disorder,” as Louv defined it in his 2005 book, “Last Child in the Woods,” is not a medical diagnosis, but a useful term – a metaphor — to describe what many of us believe are the human costs of alienation from nature, as suggested by recent research. Among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses, a rising rate of myopia, child and adult obesity, Vitamin D deficiency, and other maladies. In the early 2000s, when researching and writing “Last Child in the Woods,” Louv identified only about 60 studies rigorous enough to cite. Today, the Children & Nature Network offers abstracts for more than 1,000 studies. Recognizing this, some physicians now write prescriptions for nature time. Animal-assisted therapy is among the fastest-growing trends in health care. We see a rapid increase in the number of nature-based preschools. Increasingly, biophilicView more