Crabby Walk by Don Olson

Butterfly nets by Molly Steinwald

Illustrated record of conference proceedings:
Click here for PART 1
The Nature Principle

Click here for PART 2
The Minnesota Response

RICHARD LOUV and             
May 16 & 17, 2011         
Oswald Visitor Center 

Richard Louv contends that the future belongs to the individuals, families, businesses and communities that not only conserve nature, but create nature everywhere. On May 16 & 17, Mr. Louv will discuss the "nature principle," sign copies of his new book, The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder (May 2011), and give the keynote address at a public policy conference on how interaction with nature improves the health of humans and the earth.
      During this event you will learn that each of us has the power to restore our connection to nature. The impact of this renewed relationship can extend far beyond our own personal sphere of family and home to the workplace, schools, health-care and other community settings. Simply put, nature offers the antidote for many of the maladies of modern life, and by bringing more nature into our lives, the better off we will be.

Watch a video about Richard Louv's Nature Principle.

Who should attend:
Health care providers
School administrators and  facility managers
Landscape architects
Park and recreation professionals
City planners
Tourism business owners and entrepreneurs
Public health professionals
Developers and builders
Hunting and fishing advocates
Land conservationists
Child care professionals
Health insurance industry professionals
Outdoor retail industry professionals
Horticulturists, gardeners
Landscape design professionals
Land owners
Human resource professionals
Property managers
Health care operations/facility managers
Nature-based program managers
Everyone interested in the restorative power of nature

Painting redbuds by Don Olson

MONDAY, MAY 16 - 6-9 p.m.

An Evening with Richard Louv
$35 members, $40 non-members


Appetizers (included in ticket price)

Optional cash bar


Remarks and introduction by Don Shelby

Richard Louv and The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder

Q & A and book signing


For information and registration by phone, call 952-443-1422.

To register online now for either or both events, make note of event name(s) and number(s), then click the leaf to go to our online store!


cook county visitors bureau logo

university minnesota extension

Landscape Structures

Mohammed Lawal, AIA with DLRKKE

University of Minnesota Tourism Center


American Society of Landscape Architects-Minnesota
Burris Law Offices PLLC
Damon Farber Associates
Eco Education
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
Gardening Matters
Healing Gardens LLC
Life Science Foundation
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Minnesota Children & Nature Connection
Minnesota Environmental Fund
Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Minnesota Master Naturalist
Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Assoc.
Minnesota Recreation & Park Association
Minnesota Zoo
National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior: Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
Natural Connections Learning Center
Natural Science Academy
Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota
Pheasants Forever
READ Minnesota
Ridgeview Medical Center 
Struthers Parkinson's Center
Tamarack Nature Center, Ramsey County
Three Little Birds Community Childcare and Preschool
U of Minn. Center for Early Education & Development
U of Minn. Center for Outdoor Adventure
U of Minn. Center for Spirituality & Healing
U of Minn. Dept. of Forest Resources
U of Minn. Dept. of Horticultural Science
U of Minn. Dept. of Landscape Architecture
U of Minn. Extension - Children, Youth, and Family Consortium
U of Minn. Master Gardener Program
U of Minn. Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies
U of Minn. School of Public Health
U of Minn. Wellness Works Magazine
Urban Land Institute Minnesota
Vinland National Center
Wilderness Inquiry


Photo credits
Top: Don Olson, Arboretum Photographers Society. Bottom, l-r: Don Olson; Molly Steinwald ; Jean Larson, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Jean Larson therapeutic horticulture photo

TUESDAY, MAY 17 -  7:30-12 noon

Richard Louv and The Nature Principle: Health, Nature, and the Quality of Life
$50 members, $65 non-members
.35 CEUs available


Healthy breakfast; registration

8:00-12 Noon

Richard Louv Keynote: The Nature Principle

The Minnesota Response, with:

Dr. Jean Larson, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Center for Spirituality & Healing, U of M (Moderator)

Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D, RN, Founder and Director, Center for Spirituality & Healing,     U of M

Martha Farrell Erickson, Ph.D., Director Emerita, Irving B. Harris Training Programs, U of M; Good Enough Moms; Children & Nature Network

Mary Vidas, Director, Tamarack Nature Center; Minn. Children & Nature Connection/Minn. Recreation & Park Association board member

Judith Martin, Director, Urban Studies Program, U of M

Kris Larson, Exec. Director, Minnesota Land Trust

Jim Vick, Marketing Director, Cook County Events & Visitors Bureau

Joe Duggan, Vice President, Corporate Relations, Pheasants Forever

Robert Engstrom, Builders Association of Minnesota; Life Trustee, Urban Land Institute

Heidi Heiland, Board Member, Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association

Kristin Raab, MLA, MPH, Department of Landscape Architecture, U of M

Cheryl Kartes, graphic facilitator and MNToP facilitator, will help bring clarity to the day's proceedings with a visual map.

Download a promotional flier.