Speakers:

Richard Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,” and his work on behalf of reconnecting children and nature, have led to an avalanche of speech requests. Because of time constraints, Richard is not able to accept all the invitations, so he has joined with colleagues to form the C&NN Speakers’ Bureau.

This extends the reach of the children and nature movement by making available qualified speakers who will inspire and inform their audiences. These individuals, sought-after speakers in their own right, will continue to work closely with Richard, and are eager to share their perspectives.

For more information about speakers and presenters, please contact Jacqueline Green Public Relations Inc.

Richard Louv is a futurist and journalist focused on family, nature and community. He is chairman of the and the author of seven books. His most recent, "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder" (Algonquin), has stimulated a national conversation about the future relationship between children and nature. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and other newspapers and magazines. Richard has appeared on the CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, NPR's Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, and many other programs. Between 1984 and 2007, he was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune; he was also a columnist and member of the editorial advisory board for Parents magazine, and served as an adviser to the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award program and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. He is on the board of directors of ecoAmerica and a member of the Citistates Group. He speaks frequently, having appeared before the Domestic Policy Council in the White House and at major governmental and professional conferences internationally. In addition to personal appearances, he is available for seminars and appearances using interactive Web technology. He is married to Kathy Frederick Louv and the father of two young men, Jason, 25 and Matthew, 19. He is working on his eighth book. Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is President of the and has worked closely with Richard Louv to develop training and education for emerging regional leaders in the children and nature movement. Cheryl also is co-chair of the Education for Sustainable Development Working Group of the Commission on Education and Communication, World Conservation Union (IUCN-CEC). She has served for nearly 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 many awards for her leadership. She is an innovator, educator, sought-after speaker and author who, for the past decade, also worked as an organizational executive with many of the nation’s key chief executive officers. Recently, Cheryl developed an annotated bibliography of 20 premier studies focusing on the positive impact of the children-nature connection.
EdNews Interview with Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., President, Children and Nature Network .
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Kathy Baughman McLeod is Adviser to the and co-founder of Healthy Development, Inc. Kathy has built a career around the complex relationships of environment, community development, land use, public finance and policy. She is currently the president of the board of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation, and a director of the Florida Council for Sustainability -- a program of the Collins Center. Kathy has held leadership positions with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, The Nature Conservancy, and The Trust for Public Land. As Program Director of the Florida Communities Trust at the Florida Department of Community Affairs, she administered a $66 million annual grant program for local governments for the acquisition and creation of community parks, open space and trails related to the Florida Growth Management Act. Kathy has presented to and appeared before many major organizations.