March 31, 2013
There will be two open-to-the-public presentations in Newtown, CT, on Friday, April 5th, by internationally acclaimed Audubon Medal Winner Richard Louv - the best-selling author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle. The April 5th date falls within a time frame that many trauma specialists feel is a critical transitional period (four months after the tragedy) in the long-term emotional recovery from the Newtown shootings that occurred in December.
Henryk Teraszkiewicz, Executive Director of Woodcock Nature Center, states, "As the father of a 7- and a 9-year-old in Newtown and the head of a nature center whose mission is to get children and families outside, I was concerned at the potential reactionary effects that the Dec. 14th tragedy could have in our area. Children are already experiencing a disconnect from nature, something Louv has termed Nature-Deficit Disorder, but now they need that outdoor exposure more than ever."
In answer to these concerns, Louv has created a special program addressing the healing power of nature, "Peace and the Natural World: The Restorative Power of Nature Where We Live, Work, Learn and Play." Louv, founder of the Children and Nature Network (http://www.childrenandnature.org/), is an expert on the ability of nature to act as a healing and therapeutic element, as well as the need for outdoor play for children's mental, emotional, and physical development. According to Teraszkiewicz, "We need to be prescribing the outdoors, or Vitamin N as Louv calls it, to all ages."
A daytime talk at 1:30pm/Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street (at the Flagpole), and a similar evening presentation at 6:30pm/Fraser Woods Montessori School, 173 South Main Street, are being offered. For more information or to attend either free event, please visit Woodcock Nature Center at http://woodcocknaturecenter.org/richard-louv-to-speak-in-newtown-april-5/ Please RSVP to indicate which program you would like to attend. Educators, law enforcement officials, members of the therapeutic and medical community, teachers, and parents of school-aged children will find the material especially meaningful.