The Longfellow Lecture

Nature-Deficit Disorder: The Movement to Connect Our Children, Ourselves,
and Future Generations to the Natural World
by Richard Louv

Richard Louv is an author and journalist focused on nature, family and community. His most recent book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, has stimulated an international conversation about the future relationship between children and nature. He serves as chairman of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping to build the international movement to connect children with nature. He also serves as honorary co-chair of The National Forum on Children and Nature. He is the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal. Past recipients have included Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson, Robert Redford, and Jimmy Carter.

Rich has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications. He has appeared on the “CBS Morning Show,” “Good Morning America,” the “Today Show,” NPR's “Talk of the Nation,” and many other programs. He speaks frequently to audiences in the United States and abroad. He has 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 working on his eighth book. To learn more about Richard Louv and the Children & Nature Network, visit:,

The Longfellow Lecture series, inaugurated in 1987, honors the memory of Cynthia Longfellow, '72, Harvard Ed.D. '79, who devoted her professional life to bettering the lives of young children. The lecture is funded by an endowment established by family and friends.