Erik Shonstrom is the author of Wild Curiosity and The Indoor Epidemic, books which explore the relationship between learning, the outdoors, and non-traditional approaches to teaching. Erik has written articles for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Essay Daily, The Chronicle Review, and Education Week. His forthcoming book Brilliant Bodies investigates mind/body learning and the role embodied cognition has to play in revolutionizing school.

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Wild Curiosity

How to Unleash Creativity and Encourage Lifelong Wondering

Wild Curiosity brings together cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology research with simple, effective advice for parents and teachers on how to ignite the fire of curiosity in children. The author offers a new way to think about parenting and teaching - one that values autonomy, creativity, and celebrates the spontaneous and unexpected joys of learning. Following the groundbreaking work of researchers like Peter Gray and thought-leaders like Richard Louv, the book offers justification for the de-institutionalization of learning and a roadmap for how to create engaging, inspiring, and exciting experiences to nurture curiosity for children of all ages.

The Indoor Epidemic

How Parents, Teachers, and Kids Can Start an Outdoor Revolution

The Indoor Epidemic is an accessible, readable book that educators, parents, policymakers, and general readers can use to develop an in-depth understanding of the role the outdoors has played in our evolutionary and cultural history and how it affects their own daily life. Readers will be astounded by the depth to which a sedentary, indoor lifestyle has negatively affected their ability to live a fulfilling life.

But it's also a story, the story of our connection with the world, its inhabitants, and our own relationship with nature. It's the story of what we know is right for our children, and yet what we deny them because of the imagined importance and fabricated effectiveness of indoor schooling.

The book's readability, and its emphasis on practicality, will deeply engage readers. Furthermore, it serves as a guide to parents who are seeking to understand how to utilize the natural pathways to learning - simply by getting children outside.

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Erik is an energetic speaker who has given insightful, dynamic talks to teachers, students, professionals, and the general public. Always engaging and humorous, his goal is to tailor talks and workshops in order to meet the needs of his audience - be it professional development, motivation, or a chance to explore ideas that go off the map into uncharted territory.

Topics include: curiosity, teaching and learning, outdoor education, creativity, classroom techniques, mind/body learning, embodied cognition, edtech, reading and writing, media studies, contemporary issues in education, parenting, child development, and literature.

To contact Erik directly:

Erik Shonstrom

(802) 383-6602

For speaking inquiries, please contact:

Wendy Hirdler

Key Speakers

Tel: 802.385.1036

Cell: 949.294.7864