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Overcoming Nature Deficit Disorder in Kids

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Aired 4/20/09

Maureen Cavanaugh : If a child today wants to find out about seashells or the great redwoods, all she or he has to do is google it. All the information in the world about nature is as close as a child's fingertips. But what about nature itself?

To find out what a seashell sounds like up against your ear, or what a forest of redwoods looks like with the sunshine streaming down between their great limbs, you've got to turn off the computer and get out of the house.

That's the advice my guest, writer Richard Louv has been giving children, parents and educators for the last several years. He's the author of the book "Last Child in the Woods" and currently chairman of the Children and Nature Network. His work explores the changes in the relationship between children and nature and why it's hurting kid's health and well-being.

Richard Louv will lecture on the need for children to spend time in nature on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at 7 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University .

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