This meetup group is designed for parents and children to meet other parents and children who want to get out and explore nature! We'll be going on nature hikes and field trips so that our children can explore, respect, and appreciate nature...

Join us as we go out on local nature walks (the beautiful San Gabriel mountains and Angeles National Forest in our backyard are a great place to start), seasonal fruit picking, educational field trips to local museums and gardens, and general outdoor fun (feeding the ducks at Bonelli Park, tide pooling, sledding in Mt. Baldy). I'll have relevant books and crafts ready to further engage our children. We'll also give back to nature with an annual service month by planting trees and cleaning up some parks. All of our explorations will be done with the children in mind.  So, our hikes will be more like nature walks, for beginners, short and most likely slow as we discover the plants, animals and habitats along the trails.

Why should you get your child outdoors? Because nature is good for us.  Evidence shows that it is important, healthy and fun for children to have frequent and varied opportunities for play outdoors-and especially outdoors with natural vegetation-as part of their everyday lives. When they do, they are happier, healthier and smarter.  They are more self-disciplined and focused.  They are more self-confident, creative and cooperative. They are better problem solvers, more optimistic and more physically fit. Family ties are stregthened, a sense of community is nourished, and a sense of place is cultivated.  All in all, nature is good for children and their friends and family too!

I want to teach my son to love, respect and appreciate nature. I hope you want to give your children the same gift! Young Nature Explorers is a great way to get started, get involved, and get the benefits of time in nature!

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Monday, December 29, 2014 10:30 AM

    Let's go for a hike: Horsethief Canyon Park

    4 Explorers attending
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:30 AM

    Let's explore Eaton Falls

    1 Explorers attending
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014 10:30 AM

    Let's go for a hike and feed the ducks

    1 Explorers attending
  • Friday, January 2, 2015 10:30 AM

    Explore the Monrovia Canyon waterfalls

    1 Explorers attending
  • Tuesday, January 6, 2015 4:00 PM

    Let's explore Kidspace museum

    5 Explorers attending
  • Thursday, January 8, 2015 3:30 PM

    Let's go for a hike and feed the ducks

    1 Explorers attending
  • Sunday, January 11, 2015 10:30 AM

    Let's explore Lewis Falls

    11 Explorers attending
  • Thursday, January 15, 2015 3:30 PM

    Let's go for a hike and feed the ducks

    1 Explorers attending
  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:30 PM

    Let's go for a hike and feed the ducks

    1 Explorers attending
  • Saturday, January 24, 2015 10:00 AM

    Ranger guided family walk

    6 Explorers attending
  • Sunday, January 25, 2015 10:30 AM

    Let's explore Eaton Falls

    12 Explorers attending
  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 3:30 PM

    Let's go for a hike and feed the ducks

    1 Explorers attending
  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015 4:00 PM

    Let's explore Kidspace museum

    1 Explorers attending
  • Thursday, February 5, 2015 3:30 PM

    Let's go for a hike and feed the ducks

    1 Explorers attending
  • Sunday, February 8, 2015 10:30 AM

    Explore the Monrovia Canyon waterfalls

    15 Explorers attending
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 3:30 PM

    Let's go for a hike and feed the ducks

    1 Explorers attending
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015 2:00 PM

    Let's tour Newport Sea Base and go for a boat ride

    12 Explorers attending
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015 3:30 PM

    Let's go for a hike and feed the ducks

    1 Explorers attending
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:30 PM

    Let's go for a hike and feed the ducks

    1 Explorers attending
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015 4:00 PM

    Let's explore Kidspace museum

    1 Explorers attending
 

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Founded Jul 19, 2012

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Lillian Manzella and 2 more…
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