Can you remember your first encounter with a non-human animal?  
How did it influence your understanding of your own place in the world?
How can our relationship with other species transform our lives and save theirs?

Respected journalist and author Richard Louv delves into this important and timely topic in his newest book, Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives - and Save Theirs. The research and personal vignettes in this important new book will come to life as we ponder one of the important questions of our time.

When: Wednesday, February 12 @ 6pm
Where: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF)
3200 California Street, 94118

Schedule Overview

6:00-7:00 pm - Meet organizations from around the Bay Area that work to get children outdoors
7:00 pm - Welcome and Land Acknowledgement
7:15 pm - Richard Louv opening comments
7:40 pm - Jon Young, Molly Tsongas, Kathleeen Lockyer
8:25 pm - Question & Answer (submit questions to
8:45 pm - Closing and Call to Action

If you are a Parent, Teacher, Student, Community Member, Public Health worker, Mental Health professional, Outdoor Educator, Environmental/Wildlife Conservationist, we invite you to be part of this important conversation at the JCCSF.

Purchase Tickets

Join us  for a lively (some might say, wild) panel discussion and book signing featuring:

Richard Louv
Author of Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle, and Our Wild Calling

Jon Young
Master Naturalist and Wildlife Tracker, author of Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature and What the Robin Knows

Molly Tsongas
Certified Animal Communicator, Director of Digital Communications for Audubon California

Kathleen Lockyer
Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Founder and Director of RxOutside

Parking & Transportation

There are four SFMTA bus lines that stop in front of the JCCSF:

  • #1 California
  • #2 Clement
  • #3 Jackson
  • #43 Masonic

The parking garage entrance on California Street. Rates are $2.75 per half-hour with a $35 daily maximum. Neighborhood parking is limited and subject to SFMTA Parking Enforcement.

There is Free Bicycle Parking in the parking garage on level P2.

Louv deftly brings together cutting-edge science, longstanding wisdom and recent discoveries, along with wonder and humor, while never losing sight of the magic that’s possible when humans and nonhumans connect. This is a book that offers hope.

The New York Times Book Review

Our Partners

Want to become a partner for this event?

If you represent a value-aligned organization and would like to participate in the event in a deeper way, we are offering a partnership package. As a Partner, your $250 purchase includes your logo and organization listing in all promotional materials, a small table to display literature and other items before and after the speaking portion of the evening, plus 10 tickets to the event.

Reward your staff, volunteers or community members with this unique opportunity to engage in a conversation about the importance of connecting with nature and our animal friends.

Partnerships are limited. If you are interested, please email Mitch Mitchell (


"A manifesto for a new way of living in the world, the book reveals a natural tapestry too often ignored."

The Christian Science Monitor

“Our Wild Calling is a thoughtful, calm, reasoned book, best read at a chapter-a-day pace, allowing time to think and digest what the author has presented.”

The Associated Press

"In this deep exploration, Louv celebrates our essential connections to animals—in the wild, in the city, in our dreams, in our hearts."

Jennifer S. Holland,
author of New York Times bestselling Unlikely Friendships series

"A game-changer."

Psychology Today 



"A persuasive, timely reminder that humans and non-humans are all in this thing together." 

The Independent