Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Last Child in the Woods Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today s wired generation h

In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today s wired generation, he calls it nature deficit, to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.Last Child in the Woods is the fiIn this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today s wired generation, he calls it nature deficit, to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond and they are right in our own backyard.
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  • Skylar Burris says:

    This is typical sentence from Last Child in the Woods: "he offered no academic studies to support his theory; nonetheless his statement rang true." That about sums up this book: it's not empirical, but, nonetheless, it rings true'"more or less. Louv draws his conclusions far too widely and gives too much credit to what nature will do for kids, but the general idea rings true. Kids should play in nature '" not because (as Louv questionably implies) it will cure ADHD, make them better athletes, in [...]

  • Nicole says:

    I would give this a 3.5 rating if I was allowed. After that caveat, I have to say that overall this book left me feeling sad, a little hopeless, nostalgic, grateful, and angry. I had a childhood spent outside; in the fields and woods behind our house and on camping and fishing trips with my Dad. I know how formative these experiences were to my personality, spirituality, politics, and attitude about so many things. I have always pictured my child/ren having a similarly intimate relationship with [...]

  • Keith says:

    With its heart in the right place, this book needs an editor--it reads like a rambling, book-length review article. I don't dispute the message and there were nuggets of interest (how do we allow for rambunctious play that doesn't hurt habitat?). However, if I were against this or didn't believe the premise, I don't think Louv would have changed my mind. He doesn't makes a strong argument (the evidence is circumstantial and sentimental)--just a long one. You don't need to read this book to know [...]

  • Nell says:

    The idea that struck me the most is that it is not just good for children to be outside in the grass, in the trees, in the creeks, wandering and unstructured--it is vital, as necessary every day as is food, water, and sleep. The accounts of how disconnected today's society has become from nature were dispiriting, although there were also many examples of communities and schools striving to reconnect children to the natural world. I also enjoyed the arguments against several things that drive me [...]

  • Audrey says:

    This book has been criticized because it doesn't really offer empirical evidence, but I think for those of us who spent time wandering the woods (we had 40 acres that I knew like the back of my hand) as kids, we know what a gift that outdoor time can be for kids. That's why this book is a must-read for parents and educators, I think -- to remind us of what's out there and possible and what we've forgotten. It may be that "nature" therapy can work as a form of behavior therapy for ADHD kids -- an [...]

  • Tim says:

    What a significant piece of literature. At first glance, and even through the first chapter, one could confuse Louv for an overaggressive hippie whose soul purpose is to let mankind wander barefoot while living solely off fruits and berries. Instead, however, Louv has masterfully woven together monster topics such as parenthood, education, diet, relationships, and even religion--all in one book. This book should be read by all human beings, and I do not mean that in a hyperbolic way. At the very [...]

  • Becca says:

    This was another book that is based on a great idea that I believe in, but didn't hold my interest. I felt like the author kept leading me along, implying that there was something interesting or substantial coming ahead but it never arrived (at least, not in the first half of the book). The book talks about how children don't have unstructured outdoor playtime anymore and what impact that may have on them. The author explores many different aspects of this, but everything in the book was anecdot [...]

  • Debbie says:

    Charlotte Mason got it right. Children need the outdoors.It turns out the outdoors also need children. Richard Louv points out the incongruity behind the environmental extremists who want to set aside nature without allowing mankind to interfere, and the fact that our children aren't experiencing nature first-hand, since they aren't getting the chance to play, live and explore the outdoors unencumbered by interfering adults. This, he says, results in children who have no love for nature and thus [...]

  • Mehrsa says:

    I think every parent and educator should read this book or at least hear the thesis and give it some thought. The point is that children need nature--especially free play where they can roam and discover and create in the wild and that we, as a society have instilled too much fear of nature in our children and also outlawed a lot of free play and the changing landscape and culture have moved children into cities and away from farms. The author also claims that this "nature-deficit disorder" is r [...]

  • Betsy says:

    Rarely do I quit a book - but I did so with this one. I get what Louv is saying - it would be fair to say he is preaching to the choir. I appreciate the real and rugged outdoors as well as unstructured outdoor play for children. I guess I'd rather read something that challenges my perspective. Unfortunately, that was not what forced me to put this book down. If the babyboomers (that is the author's generation)spent so much wonderful time running around in the undeveloped landscape, how did they [...]

  • Marita says:

    Lots of great information, which I appreciatedAfter reading, I am hovering somewhere between joyous inspiration and the sadness of despair. I agree fervently with the premise that we as humans need more immersion in nature, but sometimes the prospect seems daunting and overwhelming.Still, I come away resolved to be more intentional, more purposeful to interact with my environment and to enjoy nature even this week.Also to up my game and get serious about incorporating nature study in our homesch [...]

  • Carrie Lundell says:

    I feel like this is a book every parent should read. Personally, I ate it up because he explained in words what I have always felt and wanted for my children. He does back up some of his ideas with research, but also with a lot of anecdotal evidence. I did a lot of underlining and I like to keep the book handy to remind me to make sure my kids get dirty during plenty of unstructured outdoor time.

  • Dan says:

    I did not enjoy this book although the idea of kids spending more time with nature is laudable and incontrovertible. I found the book a little preachy and poorly written. Reading the prose felt like I was reading a series of presentation slides some of which were grammatically incorrect. The author's message that kids have too many electronics and marginal time communing with nature is certainly true for most. However it shouldn't require 300 pages to make this point. The book is formulaic in na [...]

  • Jeffrey says:

    Do not let the title of this book deceive you. Your children do not suffer from "Nature-Deficit Disorder." In fact, Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, admits his unease with the appropriation of medical science jargon, but says that “parents and educators” understand the term very clearly. Unfortunately, that alone does not justify such disingenuous, hyperbolized nomenclature. It does, however, set the tone nicely for his argument that the senses of young Americans are [...]

  • Cynthia says:

    This one is a must read for anyone with children of their own, children in their life, teachers Actually this is for all humans who grew up with or without nature It shows the shift in how children were relating to the outdoors 40 years ago and how they are today. It explores the effects that technology and too much time inside is having on young lives and on the life of the planet. It is hart warming and funny, it will bring you to tears and make you get outside yourself and take some children [...]

  • S. R. says:

    Now, any book that insists kids should be spending more time playing outside than in front of a screen is, in my case, preaching to the choir. I don't need to be convinced. I need data and ideas and backup.Louv makes many interesting observations and provides some references to research that supports his claims, but not much in the way of in depth examinations of those studies. (I am a skeptic even when presented with data that backs up my beliefs.) I would have liked to see more of that, but ap [...]

  • Tony Cohen says:

    A book I strongly recommend, although I wish the information/research/extrapolation was farther long the developmental cycle. In a nutshell, the author coins the term 'nature deficit disorder' was some sort of easy-to-use term to somewhat anchor his still developing notions that children need unfettered time in un-organised nature. They need to be able to play in the margins, where the truly interesting stuff is happening (one study among scant few mentioned [for reasons that I will discuss late [...]

  • Kim says:

    As a reader, a would-be environmentalist, and a mom, I felt like Richard Louv was writing this book for me. Like so many other former kids who remember lazy days of running free through the woods, wading in streams, and catching toads and butterflies, I am saddened by our current video-game culture in which kids have more electronics than they know what to do with and yet are utterly bored (I have a teenage nephew; I've seen it with my own eyes). I hate the fact that parents can no longer let th [...]

  • Meredith says:

    I can only echo what other reviewers have said. He brings up an important issue, but does a miserable job of it. Louv bases most of his arguments on "intuition" and terrible logic. The worst of his arguments is that a)children with autism and ADHD can control their behavior and symptoms better when they're outside.b)there's a lot more autism and ADHD than there used to be.c)we don't play outside as much as we used to.d)not playing outside CAUSES autism and ADHD.?????That's a characteristic argum [...]

  • Joy says:

    I picked this book up at Mt. Rainier while I was waiting in line to pay for a National Park passport for Rebecca. One of my biggest struggles living in Indiana has been having the knowledge that outdoor opportunities for Rebecca are much more limited in scope than that which I grew up with. The environmental ethic is much different and ultimately I want more for Rebecca than what she is being exposed to. I've tried, to the best of my ability, to provide her with opportunities and think given my [...]

  • Arielle Walker says:

    Sobering and inspiring in equal parts. A little too focused on the United States for me to totally relate (examples of canyons etc had to be translated in my mind into more familiar territory, which made it a slow read in the end) but overall this is a very necessary read.

  • Carol Jensen says:

    This was a good book. I had it in the car and read it when I went to pick up my daughter. It was disturbing, but I think the author was right on with everything he sited.

  • Allie says:

    Real rating of 3.5 stars? Possibly? Maybe? I read this for school. It was on a book list that I got to choose from, and from my professor's short description it sounded enthralling. Boy, was I wrong I can't help but think that I would have gotten much more out of this assignment had I picked a different book. That isn't to say it wasn't a worthwhile read, because I think it was. There is a lot of good information in this book, and Louv does back (some) of what he says up with sources. However, I [...]

  • Renee says:

    Lots of interesting facts and information to support what I already knew 😊

  • Ken-ichi says:

    Pre-reviewJust want to jot down my thoughts about this book BEFORE actually reading it. This book is constantly cited in discussions about connecting people to nature (which is kind of my thing) , but I've avoided reading it b/c I've also gotten the impression that it's not based on any kind of reasonable evidence, and by reasonable I mean quantitative, peer-reviewed research, and that's a problem for me. But, as Constance pointed out to me, the fact that it has traction in my circles is reason [...]

  • Annalisa says:

    I really enjoyed this book. I found myself analyzing the way I interact with nature and the encouragement I give to my daughter to do the same. She's not really a play in the dirt kind of a girl and when she told me she was bored on a sunny afternoon a few weeks ago just after I started this book I told her to go outside and play. I looked out the window a few minutes later to see her lying in the grass reading and had to laugh that she wasn't technically playing outside. At least she was feelin [...]

  • Hayley DeRoche says:

    I had to quit reading this 20% of the way in due to the following:1) Constant boomer moaning about the way things were in the old days -- nevermind that this is his personal view of how things used to be, and maybe just MAYBE he's looking back with rose-tinted glasses. The future is not like the past. Therefore it is bad and scary.2) Constant groaning about KIDS THESE DAYS, with their pokemans (I am not making this up, the man complains about a kid who can name Pokemon but not the names of Japan [...]

  • Lynne says:

    I'm finding this book pretty tedious so far - he is preaching to the choir with me on this subject but it still feels like preaching. I'm looking forward to the second half, which I hope will spend more time on getting kids outside rather than all the reasons why we should and we don't.update since I wrote that part: it was due back to the library so I gave up on it after getting about 85% through. It never got much better for me, which is a shame because it's an important topic. It did make me [...]

  • Christina says:

    I mostly read the middle, since I don't need to be convinced that significant exposure to the natural world is essential for kids, or that there is less of it today than there was a generation or two ago. The back of the book promised to provide "solutions" and I wanted to see what those would be.Lots of recommendations for what changes the author would like to see made to the school/education system (pre-k through college), to how we build our cities/towns, and to how our culture views the natu [...]

  • John says:

    The suppositions of this book most of us already acknowledge, a priori, to be true. We need only to be a little observant. Yet I was particularly startled to learn that "Nature Deficit Disorder" or the disconnect between Nature and our children is not solely confined to the continental United States but is a world wide pandemic with global repercussions. And frankly, this disconnect is quite scary!Through a host of causes carefully constructed we discover that children are quickly losing their o [...]

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