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Nature & Education: The Benefits of Teaching Students About Maine's Environment and Natural Resource


We discuss the growing efforts to integrate nature into the classroom at all levels of a young person's education, and how this practice might benefit children's physical mental and emotional well being. Richard Louv, author of the landmark book "Last Child in the Woods" and national expert on kids and nature, joins us to talk about the importance of connecting kids with the environment through the curricula. He is in Maine for the Maine Conservation Voters' Evening for the Environment event at the University of New England in Portland on Oct. 22nd.


Richard Louv, journalist and author of "Last Child in the Woods," which prompted a national conversation about connecting kids to nature. His latest book, "Our Wild Calling," focuses on connecting with animals.

Nathan Broaddus, manager of theNature Based Education Consortium; former policy analyst with the University of Southern Maine's Cutler Institute

Olivia Griset, executive director, Maine Environmental Education Association and former life-science teacher in Maine

Drew Dumsch (by phone), co-founder, president and CEO of The Ecology School 

Aja Stephen (by phone), lead kindergarten teacher, The Friends School of Portland

Anne Stires, Founder and Executive Director, Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education 


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