Richard Louv is best known as being a multiple best selling author, speaker and one of the people who brought the work of nature connection into a mainstream topic. In Rich’s new book, “Our wild calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform our Lives and Save Theirs” we have yet another offering that can help us find our way back.

Jon Young is known for the work he has done in bringing people and communities together through what he calls the “core routines” of nature connection. He has numerous publications including his most recent “What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World.

Kathleen, Jon, and Rich have been together before, speaking to audiences and inspiring people to turn back to nature. This is sure to be a lively, fun and inspiring conversation, filled with animal tales and human connection!

About the Guests

Jon Young

Jon is the founder of 8 Shields Institute, an author, tracker, and co-Founder of Wilderness Awareness School.

Jon’s work has been the researching, collecting, universalizing and applying of models for re-Connection. For over thirty five years, he has collected, tested, trained and led Connection models that have proven dependable and predictable in their effectiveness. Drawn from earth-based approaches, these models are neither philosophical or based on any one belief structure, but rather meet us at our most basic neurobiological foundations. Find him at

Richard Louv

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, including his very timely newest title: Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives – And Save Theirs, as well as: Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit DisorderThe Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, and Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life: 500 Ways to Enrich Your Family’s Health & Happiness. His books have been translated and published in 24 countries, and helped launch an international movement to connect children, families and communities to nature. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build the movement.

He appears frequently on national radio and television programs, including the Today Show, CBS Evening News, and NPR’s Fresh Air. He speaks internationally on nature-deficit disorder, a concept he first introduced in Last Child in the Woods; on the importance of children’s and adults’ exposure to nature for their health, and on the need for environmental protection and preservation for greater access to nature and the health of the Earth. Among others, he has presented keynote addresses at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference; the USC Institute for Integrative Health Conference; the first White House Summit on Environmental Education; the Congress of the New Urbanism; the International Healthy Parks Conference in Melbourne, Australia; and the national Friends of Nature Conference in Beijing, China.