"Last Child in the Woods" Author Richard Louv to be Keynote Speaker at Trails & Trilliums 2015

Author Richard Louv - who coined the term "nature-deficit disorder" and wrote the groundbreaking book Last Child in the Woods will be the keynote speaker for the Friends of South Cumberland's Trails & Trilliums Festival in April. "We are delighted to host internationally acclaimed environmentalist Richard Louv," said FSC president Ty Burnette. "His powerful message on the importance of connecting children to nature is central to the FSC mission and one we are proud to share." Following publication of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv sparked a debate that began an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. He introduced the concept of nature-deficit disorder; influenced national policy; and helped inspire campaigns throughout North America. Louv will present a program for educators on April 10 and give an address on April 11.

The 12th "perennial" Trails and Trilliums, which is a celebration of the South Cumberland State Park, hiking, wildflowers, and environmental education, will be held on April 10-12 in the historic Monteagle Sunday School Assembly near Sewanee TN. Proceeds will support the Friends of South Cumberland's "Every Child in the Park" initiative to expand its programs of outreach to children and families.

Richard Louv often addresses national and international gatherings. In 2010, he delivered the keynote at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in 2012 was keynote speaker at the first White House Summit on Environmental Education. He is the recipient of numerous national awards. In 2008 he received the Audubon Medal, whose past recipients include Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and Jimmy Carter.

Louv is a journalist and author of eight books, which have been published in 17 countries. In his more recent book, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, Louv delivers another powerful call to action-this time for adults. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build the international movement to connect people and communities to the natural world. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Times of London and other newspapers and magazines. He appears frequently on national radio and television programs, including the Today Show, CBS Evening News, and NPR's Fresh Air.

For information about Louv's appearances, visit www.trailsandtrilliums.org or email Margaret Matens, contact@trailsandtrilliums.org

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