Healing the broken bond between our young and nature is in everyone’s self-interest, not only because aesthetics or justice demand it, but also because our mental, physical and spiritual health depend upon it.
Richard Louv,
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature- Deficit Disorder

C&NN Chairman Richard Louv is the author of seven books about family, community and nature, including, most recently, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder (Algonquin Books). He has served as a visiting scholar at Brandeis University, executive editor for the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, and as an adviser to the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World program.

President and Treasurer Cheryl Charles, Ph.D.,
is co-chair of the Education for Sustainable Development Working Group of the Commission on Education and Communication, World Conservation Union (IUCN-CEC). Cheryl is an innovator, educator, author and organizational executive. Cheryl served for close to 20 years as national director of the two most widely used environment education programs in North America, Project Learning Tree and Project WILD, and has received numerous awards for her leadership.

Vice President Martin LeBlanc
, the National Youth Education Director for the Sierra Club, was himself a troubled youth who had his life turned around through an outdoor experience as a teenager. Martin has worked as an outdoor educator in Seattle, and served as outdoor-education advocate for Texas Parks and Wildlife. Martin believes that we "owe the next generation of American children a special place in nature so they can be empowered to solve the environmental challenges of the future."

Board Secretary Martha Farrell Erickson, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota, where she is Director of the Irving B. Harris Training Programs in the Center for Early Education & Development and Co-Chair of the President's Initiative on Children, Youth & Families. A developmental psychologist specializing in parent-child attachment, child abuse prevention, and children's mental health, Marti is a well-known speaker and author in those fields and has been honored by state and national organizations for her outstanding contributions to psychology. With an interest in translating research for general audiences, Marti also appears weekly on Twin Cities television and hosts a weekly radio show, "Good Enough Moms," with her daughter, Erin Erickson Garner. Marti is passionate about the role of nature in children's development and hopes to spur not only a movement to reunite children with the natural world, but also more rigorous, extensive research on this critical topic in human development. 

Director John Parr
is a co-founder of CIVIC RESULTS, a non-profit organization that assists governments, businesses and non-profit institutions to collaboratively plan and implement initiatives that create measurable change in the physical, social, civic and human infrastructure of communities and regions.

Managing Director Amy Pertschuk
was a co-founder and COO of eNature.com, the Web’s premier nature-discovery resource. From 2000 – 2005, Amy managed eNature’s operations and led program development and fundraising efforts for eNature’s partnership program, reaching out to like-minded agencies and organizations with programs and initiatives to support a broad range of regional educational efforts.

Consultants to C&NN: Dean Stahl
is an editor, writer and researcher, the author of Dolphins (Child's World Inc.) and co-editor of Abbreviations Dictionary (Taylor & Francis/CRC Press), a desktop reference. Chris Krueger is an internet producer, providing internet strategies and technology and was Co-founder, President, and Executive Director of eNature.com.