In 2005, Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” was published. It was the first book to bring together a growing body of research that shows a link between the absence of nature in today’s wired generation to some of the most disturbing trends in children, including obesity, attention deficit disorders and depression. It confirmed what most people instinctively know: that frequent play in nature is essential for the healthy development of our children.Almost immediately after its publication, this book inspired grassroots initiatives across the country, as people recognized the need to reconnect our children with nature. In June of 2006, a group of organizations and community leaders came together to form LEAVE NO CHILD INSIDE — GREATER CINCINNATI in order to educate the community that time spent in nature is essential for the physical, mental and emotional health of all children.

What we do

When people learn about us and our mission, we often hear “I understand the mission, but what do you DO?”. We do so much that we’ve struggled to find a short answer! Perhaps the best answer is “Anything and everything we can to reconnect children with nature”! We hope you’ll take time to check out our Report Archive for highlights of our activities.