Nature Talked! Author Richard Louv Inspires and Challenges Us

Emilie Wetzel
Mar 7, 2018

Our first Nature Talks, an annual series of thought-provoking conversations was an inspiring evening! Last month, over one hundred people joined us at the Friends Center in Philadelphia to hear to renowned nature author Richard Louv speak about how we can all live in nature-rich cities.

Louv has written nine books, including The Nature Principle, Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health and Happiness of Your Family and Community, and the bestseller Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. His books are full of inspiring ways to incorporate nature into your life, and include tips for families, teachers, religious leaders, pediatricians, policy makers and more.

We were honored to have Louv join us to speak about “The Nature-Rich Life: Nature-rich cities, schools, homes and more.” He spoke about the importance of nature for our physical, psychological, and cognitive health, and ways to incorporate nature into our lives even within dense cities. One of our favorite tips of the night was to start a family nature club and help children rediscover wonder and awe in their own backyards. There might be something down there that’s beautiful and magical in their eyes!

At the end of the talk, Richard left us with the challenge for Philadelphia to become the nation’s first “Nature-Rich City!” We’re up for the challenge — how about you?

After the program, attendees mingled, purchased Louv’s books, and had them signed. We also played nature-themed games out of our Creekmobile!

If you missed Richard’s talk, be sure to check out these interviews with Pennsylvania Legacies Podcast by PEC and the Urban Wildlife Podcast. Also, be sure to check out photos from this event here.

This program was made possible by the Scattergood Foundation and Open Book Bookstore. We are so grateful to have had their support for this special event!

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