Richard Louv is an author and journalist focused on nature, family, and community. His most recent book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin Books, 2005), has stimulated an international conversation about the future relationship between children and nature, and has helped spawn a movement that is now moving into the international sphere.
He serves as Chairman of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping to build the international movement to connect children with nature. He also serves as honorary Co-Chair of The National Forum on Children and Nature. Co-chaired by four state governors, the Forum, sponsored by the Conservation Fund, will fund programs around the country designed to get kids outside. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University.
Mr. Louv has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. Between 1984 and 2007, he was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune, a columnist and member of the editorial advisory board for Parents magazine, and served as an adviser to both the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award program and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. He has appeared on the "CBS Morning Show," "Good Morning America," the "Today Show," "CBS Evening News," "NBC Nightly News," NPR's "Talk of the Nation," and many other programs. He speaks frequently to audiences in the United States and abroad.
In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal by the National Audubon Society. Past recipients have included Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson, Robert Redford, and Jimmy Carter. He is also the 2007 recipient of Clemson University's Cox Award for "sustained achievement in public service," and the Paul K. Petzoldt Award from the Wilderness Education Association, among other honors. In 2005, Discover Magazine named Last Child in the Woods one of the top science books of the year. Spirituality & Health magazine named it one of 50 Best Spiritual Books of 2005. And in 2006, the National School Board Journal chose Last Child in the Woods as a notable book in education.