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We are a local San Diego group dedicated to helping families connect their children to nature. Inspired by Richard Louv's book, Last Child in the Woods, this Family Nature Club helps families get nature back on their calendars with a variety of opportunities each month in and around the San Diego region. We typically offer 2-3 outdoor adventures per month on the weekends plus a variety of weekday outings. We encourage adults to follow their children's lead in nature, fostering their natural sense of wonder and awe.

In addition to the overall FAN group, we have established several "Nearby Nature Clubs". These "mini" groups are led by people just like you - people who want to get back out in nature with like-minded folks to foster a sense of community and watch their children flourish. Some groups are geographically organized, and some are organized more by age groups. We meet all over the county for romps and explorations, camping, tide pooling, and lot of other fun adventures!

Please contact Janice with any questions or feedback, or if you'd like information on how to start up a group "nearby" your home! We'd love to help you with resources and mentorship. Thanks and we hope to see you out in nature soon!

We are also a proud collaborative partner with the San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative (SDCaN) and the Children & Nature Network.

We highly recommend you visit for the latest in research and resources!

We're 1,755 Nature Explorers

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 10:00 AM

    Hosp Grove WEST (playground side)

    1 Nature Explorers attending
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016 9:00 AM

    Poway Unplugged: Tween/Teen Hiking Group

    6 Nature Explorers attending
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 10:00 AM

    Oak Riparian Park

    3 Nature Explorers attending
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 10:00 AM

    Family Wildlife Day (in Murrieta)

    10 Nature Explorers attending
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 1:00 PM

    Acorn Festival and Kumeyaay Traditions at Louis Stelzer County Park

    27 Nature Explorers attending
  • Thursday, November 10, 2016 10:00 AM

    Explore San Elijo Lagoon

    1 Nature Explorers attending
  • Friday, November 11, 2016 11:00 AM

    Crestline Group Family Campout

    12 Nature Explorers attending
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 9:30 AM

    Doane Valley Amble at Palomar Mountain

    13 Nature Explorers attending
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:00 AM

    Family Campout at Blair Valley (Anza-Borrego)

    10 Nature Explorers attending
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016 2:00 PM

    Marshal South Cabin: A trail with a view

    12 Nature Explorers attending
  • Monday, November 21, 2016 9:30 AM

    Explore the rainbow! Scramble up Rainbow Canyon

    8 Nature Explorers attending
  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:00 AM

    A Cool Hike in Cool Canyon: Anza Borrego

    7 Nature Explorers attending
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 9:00 AM

    FAN's 7th Anniversary Party - Come Play and Potluck With Us!

    7 Nature Explorers attending
  • Sunday, January 1, 2017 10:00 AM

    8th Annual New Year's Day Romp!

    6 Nature Explorers attending
  • Friday, February 3, 2017 2:00 PM

    Borrego Palm Canyon Family Campout

    10 Nature Explorers attending
  • Sunday, February 5, 2017 10:30 AM

    Calcite Mine Hike

    50 Nature Explorers attending
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