Richard Louv: Connecting Children to Nature with Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
A collaboration between Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of the Tualatin River Refuge brings you Richard Louv, a futurist and journalist focused on family, nature and community. His most recent of seven books, "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, has stimulated a national conversation about the future relationship between children and nature and spawned a national movement that is now moving into the international sphere. Last Child in the Woods has been translated into six languages. Louv is the chairman of the Children & Nature Network (www.cnaturenet.com), an organization helping build the movement to connect children with nature. He is also honorary co-chair of The National Forum on Children and Nature. Mr. Louv will be signing books from 6:00-7:00 pm at Tualatin High School Auditorium, speak from 7:00-8:00, and continue to sign books after his presentation.
The creation of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge began in the early 1990's when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began studying the idea to create a National Wildlife Refuge along the bottomlands of the Tualatin River. This study was fueled by the desire of local citizens to preserve open green-space and create an area where future generations could enjoy outdoor recreation and interpretation, and leave an educational legacy for children. An initial 12-acre private donation established the Refuge land base in 1993. Today nearly 1,400 acres are managed by the Refuge, with a potential for several thousand more to be protected. In 2006, the Refuge opened to the public with nature trails, wildlife overlooks and educational study sites for school field trips. In 2007, new administrative and interpretive buildings were constructed; and early in 2008, the Refuge will celebrate the opening of its Wildlife Center, complete with interpretive displays, a classroom, wildlife viewing areas and a nature retail store.
Prior to his speech, Mr. Louv will attend at the Dedication Ceremony for the Refuge's Wildlife Center held at 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood, OR. The day's events will include visits from local dignitaries, tours of the Wildlife Center and guided hikes on the walking trails, educational events, and the opportunity to shop in the new retail store, Nature's Overlook. The event is open to the public at no charge. Learn more at www.fws.gov/tualatinriver or www.friendsoftulatinrefuge.org.
Tualatin High School Auditorium
22300 SW Boones Ferry Rd.
Tualatin, OR 97062
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