Forest School - a forest playground as a remedy for nature-deficit disorder in children

Anna Komorowska


Children need contact with nature for their proper development. This one sentence can summarize the 434-page book by Richard Louv 'The Last Child in the Woods' (Louv, 2014). The phrase 'nature-deficit disorder' that he has proposed is not an official medical term, but it became an object of discussion at conferences and in publications around the world. Based on the results of research, Louv has proved that without being in nature children show symptoms of physical and mental disorders. Simultaneously, one may observe that their opportunities to play in nature are continuously decreasing. For various reasons, parents and teachers forgo to organize trips to the forest or other wild nature places. Richard Louv and his followers have not only defined the theory of this phenomenon but also try to find adequate solutions to this escalating problem.


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Anna Komorowska

The Author is a landscape architect, a pedagogue, a journalist, a founder of 'pracownia k.', the studio specializing in the design of playgrounds and play gardens, the author of the book Ścieżka Bosych Stóp. Trzy drogi do naturalnych placów zabaw (transl. The bare feet path. Three ways to natural playgrounds) and numerous articles in the trade press. The author of the blog and the podcast 'Nieplac zabaw' (

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Komorowska, A. (2018). Forest School - a forest playground as a remedy for nature-deficit disorder in children. e-mentor, 4(76), 73-78. DOI: