Author Richard Louv introduced the term “Nature-Deficit Disorder” in 2005 with the publication of his best-selling book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.” He coined the phrase to serve as a description of the human costs of alienation from nature and it is not meant to be a medical diagnosis (although perhaps it should be).

 Louv’s 2011 book, “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age,” extended the conversation to include adults, and explored this key question: “What could our lives and our children’s lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology?”

Alaska Wilderness Skills is a youth oriented life skills experience with a vision to “Awaken and engage families and individuals of all ages, through nature-based programs, reconnecting them with the earth, and inspiring them to live a meaningful life.”

We can not create our vision without your help. There are few ways you can help.

  • Time - volunteer, we need volunteers to help support operations.   
  • Money - Goal of raising $12,000.00 for operating year 2018
  • Resources - Supplies for classes

Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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