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CARLSBAD FWO: Environmental Author Speaks on Incorporating the Power of Nature into Our Lives
Region 8, May 6, 2011
Attendees at the Point Loma Nazarene University book signing in San Diego, Calif., view one of the many displays.  The event drew approximately 500 attendees and included parents, teachers, health care providers, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts. (USFWS/Clark Winchell)
Attendees at the Point Loma Nazarene University book signing in San Diego, Calif., view one of the many displays.  The event drew approximately 500 attendees and included parents, teachers, health care providers, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts. (USFWS/Clark Winchell) - Photo Credit: n/a

By Stephanie Weagley, Carlsbad FWO

Clark Winchell, Division Chief of the Carlsbad Fish & Wildlife Service’s Conservation Partnerships Program, joined approximately 20 exhibitors invited to participate in a special event where author Richard Louv presented a lecture on his new book, The Nature Principle, in May 2011.

Co-sponsored by the San Diego Audubon Society and San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative, and hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif., the event drew approximately 500 attendees and included parents, teachers, health care providers, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Nature Principle is "about the power of living in nature—not with it, but in it. We are entering the most creative period in history. The twenty-first century will be the century of human restoration in the natural world", states Richard Louv in the book’s introduction.

During his presentation, Louv explained that providing children and their families meaningful and enjoyable nature experiences can improve their health and well-being, plus lead to life-long connections in exploring, respecting, and conserving our natural treasures. 

In addition to the Service’s exhibit, other exhibitors included Cabrillo National Monument, Birch Aquarium, San Diego Botanic Garden, San Diego Natural History Museum, Family Adventures in Nature, Mission Trails Regional Park, and many more.

The exhibitors were representatives from various federal and local agencies, organizations, and individuals who all shared a common goal of educating and connecting people to nature through their unique programs and activities.

“This event not only helped draw attention to Richard Louv’s new book, it hopefully increased public awareness and encouraged people to incorporate nature more into their lives,” said Clark Winchell.

People can connect with nature just about anywhere:  schoolyard habitats, urban parks, backyards, National Wildlife Refuges, and wilderness.  Many Service programs encourage people to engage in outdoor activities, such as habitat restoration, invasive species and fish hatchery work, explained Winchell.

The event’s large attendance was evidence that multiple agencies and environmental organizations "are interested in or are currently engaged in furthering the social movement of reconnecting people with nature," he added.

Contact Info: Stephanie Weagley, 805-644-1766, stephanie_weagley@fws.gov