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" that meet within the same geographical region each week:
- Wilderness Wednesdays meets predominately in the Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos and Poway communities
- Encinitas Explorers meets in Encinitas and surrounding areas
- O'side Trail Tribe meets in and around Oceanside
- Intrepid Trekkers meets in and around Mira Mesa
- Urban Canyoneers meets in and around Balboa Park
- Canyon Creepers meets in various locations
- South Bay Sojourners meets in Chula Vista and the South Bay
- Saturday Scramblers meets in various locations  
- Sages and Songbirds is especially for grandparents and their grandkids and meets in various locations

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.

We highly recommend you visit www.childrenandnature.org for the latest in research and resources!

With special thanks to our sponsor Sandy Hill Nursery School!

We're 1,402 Nature Explorers

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Friday, July 3, 2015 10:30 AM

    Crafting in Nature: Building Forts and Hike at Lake Poway

    12 Nature Explorers attending
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 2:30 PM

    OSide Trail Tribe: Leo Carrillo

    10 Nature Explorers attending
  • Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:30 AM

    Penasquitos Canyon Waterfall Exploration with Weekend Wanderers

    8 Nature Explorers attending
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015 2:30 PM

    Oside Trail Tribe: Batiquitos Lagoon

    7 Nature Explorers attending
  • Saturday, August 8, 2015 9:30 AM

    Marian Bear Canyon Exploration

    30 Nature Explorers attending
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015 3:00 PM

    Hanna Flat Family Campout (Big Bear)

    29 Nature Explorers attending
  • Friday, August 28, 2015 6:00 PM

    Idyllic Idyllwild Weekend Campout

    55 Nature Explorers attending
  • Friday, September 11, 2015 5:00 PM

    Crestline - Palomar Mountain Family Campout

    1 Nature Explorers attending
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 2:30 PM

    OSIDE TRAIL TRIBE: Heller's Bend, Fallbrook

    3 Nature Explorers attending
 
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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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