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Reconnecting With Nature


Vitamin N Book Launch

We live in a time where we are more connected to electronic devices than we are to nature. Find out why it’s so important for us to reconnect with nature and how we can do this with our families, friends and local communities.

Best-selling author, Richard Louv, is promoting his new book, Vitamin N, in Vancouver, BC – the first Canadian stop on the new book tour. Vitamin N is the handbook for enjoying the natural world and enhancing the many benefits of a strong nature connection. This “isn’t about going back to nature, but forward to nature,” says Louv, as he offers motivational, inspirational, and down-to-earth advice—along with links and resources—for how parents, teachers, grandparents and friends can get today’s wired generation, and themselves, outside. With over 500 activities for the whole family, plus suggestions for how educators and the public can help their schools and communities become more nature-centered, Vitamin N is the perfect prescription for all.

Join Richard Louv at any of the following events in Vancouver, BC to get your copy of Vitamin N signed by the author:

  • Nature Tours at UBC Botanical Garden
  • Exclusive VIP Reception at Science World BC
  • Special Presentation at Science World BC

The official Canadian book launch of Vitamin N will begin at the UBC Botanical Garden during the annual A Growing Affair Plant Sale.  Richard Louv will be selling and signing books at the Garden.  Stop by to purchase a copy of Vitamin N, Last Child in the Woods and/or The Nature Principle and have it signed by the author and feel free to bring your used copy as well, if you have one.  Garden staff and volunteers will be offering free guided tours hourly in the garden!  The Garden features a collection of 50,000 accessioned plants from temperate regions around the world.

The exclusive VIP reception is for community leaders that are interested in having a longer conversation with Richard over some appetizers and drinks.  After the reception, VIP's will be given the "best seats in the house" for the special presentation at 7 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for teachers and educators, camp directors and more, to hear the latest information about the positive effects of getting people into nature.  The next CEO of Science World BC, Dr. Scott Sampson, will be introducing Richard and will be available to meet with participants.  This is also an excellent networking opportunity to meet other like-minded community leaders that are running nature-based programs in the Lower Mainland.  Copies of Vitamin N, Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle will be available for purchasing and signing.

Richard’s special presentation at Science World BC is titled, “THE NATURE-RICH LIFE: Nature-rich cities, nature-rich homes, nature-rich schools and more.” In his presentation, Richard identifies seven basic concepts that can help us reshape our lives. By tapping into the restorative powers of nature, we can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. Richard will be joined by local professionals who will be sharing how they are getting students and families back into nature.  Copies of Vitamin N, Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle will be available for purchasing and signing.

More about Vitamin N

Vitamin N is a practical handbook, full of hands-on suggestions, and every page reflects the philosophy and vision of Richard Louv’s life’s work — connecting us to the natural world. Perhaps his most important advice: Simply have fun outside, and rediscover a sense of awe and wonder in the very real world.  

Some of the Vitamin N benefits include information on how to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Enhance fitness
  • Boost creativity
  • Grow outside
  • Create a nature-rich community 

More about Richard Louv

Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” in his groundbreaking New York Times bestselling book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Published in 2005, that book, which has sold over half a million copies in the United States and has been published in 20 countries, confirmed that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that, for both children and adults, interaction with nature helps reduce attention-deficit disorder, obesity, depression and other maladies; and can boost mental acuity, creativity, and strengthen the bonds of families and communities. 

Louv’s work has influenced national policy and “is widely credited as the impetus behind the modern American nature-exposure movement,” according to The Atlantic. Last Child was followed by The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, which addressed the impact of nature-deficit disorder on adults and communities.

Copies of Vitamin N, Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle will be available for purchase at each event.


Nature Tours


Saturday, May 7, 2016


1-2 p.m.


UBC Botanical Garden



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Exclusive VIP Reception


Saturday, May 7, 2016


5:30 p.m.


Science World BC


limited to 75 participants, includes admission to the special presentation 

Tickets available at the door

Special Presentation 


Saturday, May 7, 2016


7 p.m.


Science World BC


limited seating 

Tickets available at the door

Reconnecting with Nature







Vancouver Aquarium public programs provide family-friendly opportunities for people to connect with each other through hands-on activities, lectures, films, classes and field trips—all focused on aquatic conservation. 


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