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Author Richard Louv coming to The Wild Center

March 28, 2009
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The writer responsible for ignighting the fire in people's hearts for reconnecting the nation's youth to the wonders of nature is coming to the Adirondacks.

Richard Louv, journalist and author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder will be speaking at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake on Saturday, May 2.

He is coming to the Adirondacks in May to discuss the future relationship between nature and children as part of a region-wide initiative to reconnect children and nature.

The event is organized by Children in Nature, New York, a growing collaboration of organizations dedicated to connecting children and nature across New York State. It is expected that Louv's visit will raise awareness of the No Child Left Inside movement and the need for children to spend more time in nature and the ensuing benefits.

Nature not only benefits children and ensures their participation and stewardship of nature as they grow into adults, it can help entire families. Louv proposes that "Nature is an antidote. Stress reduction, greater physical health, a deeper sense of spirit, more creativity, a sense of play, even a safer life - these are the rewards that await a family when it invites more nature into children's lives."

On Saturday, May 2, Louv will present these ideas through a special day-long event at The Wild Center. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fact Box

Family Fishing Series Schedule


1 Learn to Fish: 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn about tackle, rods, reels, lures and live bait

How to rig up, knots you need to know

How to cast for distance and accuracy

Local waters you can fish

Special pricing on tackle packages for attendees

April 3

Intro to Fly Fishing: 1 - 3 p.m.

Fly Fishing Equipment needs

Knots and rigging

Basic casting strokes

Where to go

Special pricing on tackle packages for attendees

April 9

Learn to Tie a Fly: 1 - 3 p.m.

Intro to Fly Tying

Basic equipment needs

Overview of different types of flies

Tie your own fly

Special pricing on tying tools for attendees

Reservations are required

April 11

Learn to Fish: 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn about tackle, rods, reels, lures and live bait

How to rig up, knots you need to know

How to cast for distance and accuracy

Local waters you can fish

Special pricing on tackle packages for attendees

More than 25 organizations from throughout the region will be present to offer information, resources, and inspiration for families. Through increasing confidence and knowledge in the outdoors, families can learn how easy it is to become reconnected with nature. Family activities scheduled throughout the day on the 31-acre campus will range from fly fishing and nature scavenger hunts to building a fort or kids gardening. Admission to The Wild Center is free for this special day.

Children in Nature, New York organizing partners include: The Children and Nature Network, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Northern Forest Institute, Children and Nature Saratoga, Lake Placid Sports Summit, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and The Wild Center.

For more information call The Wild Center at 518-359-7800

Spring Break Family Fishing Series

Jones Outfitters, the local Orvis store in Lake Placid is offering a Family Fishing Series for those folks who can't get away on Spring Break this year.

The free seminars are intended to help families discover how much fun can be had fishing in their own backyard. With the Ausable River on the outskirts of town and quality streams such as Cold Brook and the Chubb River flowing through the village of Lake Placid, there are endless opportunities for angling entertainment. Comparable opportunities exist in Wilmington the AuSable River or Cold Brook and in the village of Saranac Lake along the Saranac River, just as they do in most of our local communities.

By providing a child with the skills, knowledge and equipment to utilize the local environment, Jones Outfitters is instilling a life skill that can offer safe and enjoyable recreation. Give a child a bicycle, a rod and reel and a can of worms and let them loose. Parents will be amazed at how much fun kids can find.

For more information about these workshops or any upcoming events call 518-523-3468



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