Nature-Rich Louisville is a collaborative effort between non-profits, individuals and professionals interested in cultivating a nature-rich community. Participating organizations include: Compassionate Louisville (Healthcare and Earth Constellations), Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, ChooseWell Communities, Cultivating Connections, Metro Parks and Recreation and Wilderness Louisville.

During both of his presentations on July 16, 2016, author Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods: Protecting Our Children from Nature Deficient Disorder) issued a challenge for Louisville to become the most nature-rich city.  He encouraged us to set some goals, track our progress, celebrate our successes and then to be so bold as to declare ourselves "The Most Nature-Rich City." Nature-Rich Louisville was formed to accept this challenge.

Here is a link to video featuring Richard’s challenge

Next up - Our plan is to host a community conversation designed to support the children and nature movement in general and the various breakout session projects presented on July 16th in particular, at the end of October. Details coming soon.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t already, please join our Facebook group.  It will be an important communication tool as we move forward.

The Children and Nature Breakout Session Projects are:

* Children at Play Initiative - Hosted by Claude Stephens (Bernheim)
* Connecting Children with Nature through Wildlife - Hosted by Bridgette Williams (Founder of Second Chances Wildlife Center)
* ECO Engaging Children Outdoors - Hosted by Rebecca Minnick (Jefferson Memorial Forest)
* Family Nature Clubs - Hosted by Alan Goldstein (Interpretive Naturalist at Falls of the Ohio State Park)
* Finding the Sacred in Nature Along with Music and Healing in Nature - Hosted by Jim McGee (Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center)
* Hands on Learning in Nature - Hosted by Elizabeth Keenan & CEO Jackie Ford (Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana)
* How to Influence the Schools with Their Knowledge and Experience of Connecting Children with Nature - Hosted by Stephen Bartlett (SAL: Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville)
* iChooseWellToo Program - Hosted by Marcos Morales (iChooseWellToo)
* Tools, Information & Education for Taking Groups Out to Fish - Hosted by Chad Miles (Host of Kentucky Afield TV)

To get involved write and/or join our Nature-Rich Louisville Facebook group.