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|Film: Mother Nature's Child
Sunday, September 22 ~ 2 p.m.
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL 61801
Mother Nature’s Child explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of “nature deficit disorder” are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
Community Forum: Research Symposium
A day-long symposium featuring research on the health and wellness benefits that result from children’s connection with the natural world. Researchers and practitioners will also examine some of the best practices for removing barriers that limit the child and nature connection.
Keynote Speaker: Richard Louv
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder. Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder sparked an international conversation about the important relationship between children and nature. He coined the term nature-deficit disorder™ which has become the defining phrase of this important issue. He will examine the loss of the child and nature connection, as well as his vision for a future in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology.