Since publishing LCinW, Louv has appeared before many groups, resulting in over 80 cities in North America starting some type of GET OUTSIDE program. His most recent book The Nature Principle and his website go beyond the problems children with nature deficit experience to focus on what adults are missing when we remain inside. I haven't read this book yet, but feel compelled to do so after hearing Richard Louv speak at the Kimberly Library as part of Fox Cities Book Festival and the Fox Cities Read program. I went to this event with three friends, all of us retired school teachers. On our ride there, we shared how different today's world is from the one we grew up in, and even the world, our children experienced. All of us had "special outdoor spots," places that were either our refuges or centers of our imaginative worlds. Although all of us face some type of health issue as we age, we are all fighting the fight to stay active, to garden, to walk, and depending on the season to do a little snowshoeing, canoeing, or swimming. Certainly there is a connection between our childhoods and our desire to stay active now.
If you have a child in your life, check out Richard Louv's website and then get that child outside. Take a walk, pack a picnic, visit a local park, or if you're really adventuresome try camping. Yes. bugs are annoying and everyone wants air conditioning on hot days, but research (and the heart) shows that we were designed with an internal connection to the natural world. My personal thought, of course, we're connected to the natural world; we are part of God's creation.