Leave No Child Inside

A Selection of Essays from Orion Magazine

Edited by H. Emerson Blake; Foreword by Louise Chawla

Out of print

Quick Look

  • Argues that children should spend more time outdoors as part of their core education
  • Foreword by Louise Chawla
  • Contributors include John Elder, Belle Boggs and Richard Louv

Argues that children and nature must be radically reconnected through education, to enable them to become stewards of our world.

214 x 138 mm
Parenting & Child Health;
152 pages
Publication date:
19 Jan 2017


"If we were to create communities and schools that educate children and youth to love the earth, know their place in the web of life, and act responsibly, what would they look like?"
--Louise Chawla, from the Foreword

Nearly every environmental change-maker in history was shaped by a strong connection to the particular place or landscape he or she called home. But many children today are glued to screens or stuck revising for another standardised exam, while nature education and unstructured time outdoors have fallen by the wayside. If children are not given opportunities to connect with the natural world, who will be the stewards of the future?

The authors featured in this collection (including John Elder, Belle Boggs, Richard Louv, Elise Rymer and more) are part of an education movement that proposes a radical reconnection of children and nature through education. By doing so, they argue, we build a society of better citizens -- citizens empowered to fight for the places and communities they have come to love.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Louise Chawla
Why is the Moon Getting Farther Away?: Stephen L. Talbott
The Schools We Need: Erik Reece
Animal Allies: Brenda Peterson
No Child Left Inside: Richard Louv
Charlotte's Webpage: Lowell Monke
An Indian Father's Plea: Medicine Grizzlybear Lake
Look, Don't Touch: David Sobel
In Pursuit of a Bioregional Curriculum: An Interview with John Elder
The Science of Citizenship: Belle Boggs
The Rio Grande Revealed: Elise Rymer and Anne Valley-Fox
Naming Names: Robert Michael Pyle


H. Emerson ('Chip') Blake is an ecologist who has been editor-in-chief of Orion Magazine since 2005. Previously editor of Milkweed Editions, his work has been recognised by many awards, including the PEN Literary Award and the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. In 2016 he received an honorary doctorate in Environmental Sciences from the State University of New York. Originally from Philadelphia, he lives in Housatonic, Massachusetts, US.

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