Judy Silverberg, NH Fish and Game: 603-271-3211
Marilyn Wyzga, NH Fish and Game: 603-271-3211
Kurt Ehrenberg, NH Sierra Club: 603-224-8222
Julie Klett, NH Audubon: 603-224-9909 x306
Rob Burbank, AMC: 603-466-2721 x195
November 26, 2007
Nov. 27 "Leave No Child Inside" Forum Focuses on Children in Nature
CONCORD, N.H. - News correspondents and other media are invited to cover a forum exploring what New Hampshire communities can do to help re-connect children and families to the outdoors. Educators, health professionals, planners, conservationists, businesspeople, parents and caregivers will be gathering to discuss this emerging issue at the New Hampshire Leave No Child Inside Forum: A Community Conversation about Connecting Children and Nature, on Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Main Street in Concord, N.H.
FOR MEDIA ONLY, there will be a 20-minute Q&A period with Richard Louv at approximately 9:00 a.m. (after the State Leaders breakfast and just before the public forum at 9:30 a.m.). Louv is the writer and journalist who sparked a national discussion of "Nature Deficit Disorder" in his bestselling book, Last Child in the Woods.
If you are a media representative and want to assure a place in the morning media session or the nonpublic afternoon work sessions, please contact Judy Silverberg at (603) 271-3211.
Please feel free to stay for the public session from 9:30 a.m. to noon, which includes a talk by Louv and a panel discussion of the importance of outdoor experiences for healthy child development and practical actions that people and organizations can take to get today's kids engaged in nature.
The full agenda is online at www.wildnh.com/ChildrenInNature.
Members of the news media who cannot make it to the event are encouraged to find opportunities to address the issue of children in nature in a future program or column.
The New Hampshire Leave No Child Inside Forum: A Community Conversation about Connecting Children and Nature is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club, the national Children and Nature Network and the newly formed New Hampshire Children In Nature Initiative. For more information, click to go to www.WildNH.com/ChildrenInNature.