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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 and Nature Network.

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We're 1,484 Nature Explorers

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015 2:30 PM

    Oak Riparian Park

    1 Nature Explorers attending
  • Saturday, December 12, 2015 12:00 PM

    Paracord Survival Soiree!

    5 Nature Explorers attending
  • Friday, January 15, 2016 5:00 PM

    5th Annual William Heise Cabin Camping

    43 Nature Explorers attending
  • Saturday, January 16, 2016 5:00 PM

    Potluck at the Cabins

    18 Nature Explorers attending
  • Sunday, January 17, 2016 5:00 PM

    Potluck at the Cabins

    18 Nature Explorers attending
  • Friday, February 26, 2016 5:00 PM

    Falcon Group Campout

    5 Nature Explorers attending
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