Nature Deficit Disorder: A Plague On Our House (page 3)

By — Nature Deficit Disorder Special Edition Contributor
Updated on May 17, 2010


Faber Taylor, A., Kuo, F.E., & Sullivan, W.C. (2001). Coping with ADD: The surprising connection to green play settings. Environment and Behavior, 33(1), 54-77.

Gould, S.J. (1994). Eight little piggies: Reflections in natural history.
New York: W.W. Norton and Company.

Hofferth, S.L. & Sandberg, J.F. (2001, May). How children spend their time. Journal of Marriage and Family, 473-279.

Louv, R. (2008). Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, Updated and Expanded edition. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Lowell, C. (2008). Beyond The Lorax? The greening of the American curriculum. Phi Delta Kappan, 90(3), 218-222.

Recommended Reading

Diamond, J. (2006). Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed. New York: Viking.

Ehrlich, P.R. & Ehrlich, A.H. (2008). The dominant animal: Human evolution and the environment. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Hawken, P. (2007). Blessed unrest: How the largest movement in the world came into being and why no one saw it coming. New York: Viking.

Lin, J. (2006). Love, peace, and wisdom in education: A vision for education in the 21st century. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

McKibben, B. (2007). Deep economy: The wealth of communities and the durable future. New York: Times Books.

Novacek, M. (2007). Terra: Our 100-million-year-old ecosystem-and the threats that now put it at risk. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Quinn, D. (1993). Ishmael. New York: A Bantam/Turner Book.

Shutkin, W. (2007). A republic of trees: Field notes on people, place, and the planet. San Francisco: The Public Press.

Sisson, E. A. (1982). Nature with children of all ages. Englewood-Cliffs, N.J.:  Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Van Noy, R. (2008). A natural sense of wonder: Connecting kids with nature through the seasons. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Ward, J. (2008). I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature. Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal: South Africa.

Wilson, E.O. (2006). The creation: An appeal to save life on earth. New York: W.W. Norton.

Some Notable and Recommended Websites

Institute for Earth Education:

The Earth Charter Initiative is a diverse, global network of people, organizations, and institutions involved in promoting and implementing the values and principles of the Earth Charter. Read the Earth Charter on their site:

Exploring Nature Educational Resource — an award-winning website with natural science content and materials for educators, students, and parents: offers resources for parents about gardening with children:

National Wildlife Federation Kidzone:

National Zoo's backyard activity ideas:

Naturalist Jim Conrad's guide to neighborhood nature:

No Child Left Inside Campaign at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation:  (scan down page and click on NCLI link)

Sharing Nature Foundation offers information on programs for adult leaders, books and resources, and activities:

Hooked on Nature offers age-appropriate activities children can do to connect with nature, a blog, and links to research:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “Let’s Go Outside” Children in Nature Website - information for parents and activities for kids (hint, search for the Fish and Wildlife News Special Issue on Children and Nature, Summer/Fall 2007):
Zero (carbon) Footprint Youth Calculator:

Richard Louv’s Website and the nature resources he recommends:

“A Walk in the Woods: Right or Priviledge?” – article by Richard Louv in March-April issue of Orion Magazine:

Children Nature and You offers background information and tools that can help parents inspire children about the natural world can inspire:  

Abstracts of the academic research on NDD, available at the Children & Nature Network:

In 2006, Michael Bentley retired from the faculty of teacher education of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned degrees in biology and science education at King’s College (PA), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Virginia. His four-decade career has included teaching at all levels as well as work in museum education and curriculum supervision. He has directed many funded projects and was instrumental in the founding of two schools. He currently serves as board co-chair for Community High School, Roanoke, VA ( He continues to teach part time and write. His latest book is Teaching Constructivist Science, K–8: Nurturing Natural Investigators in the Standards-Based Classroom (2007, Corwin Press). His interests include science and environmental education, teacher education, curriculum studies, international education, and the nature of science in science education.

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