Your fun source for interpretive nature tours, including hiking, walking, wet 'n' wild, waterfalls, plant & wildlife identification, foraging, birding, photography, national forest access, boulder scrambling, exploring, backpacking, living history, outdoor music jams, & fitness. Programs range from easy family-friendly through extremely challenging adult adventures. Day hikes through overnighters. Specializing in the 4 national forests of Southern California. We provide tours for the public, home school groups, scouts, churches, corporations, private groups, and clubs. Children are welcome on most tours. State law requires dogs to be on leash at all times. Workshops and presentations can also be provided upon request.
Mission: Connecting everyone to their local wilderness! Naturalist For You (NFY) was created to connect you, the public, to the diverse natural areas in your backyard. As naturalists we possess a broad knowledge and understanding of the natural world. We are trained to observe natural processes and interpret their significance for your benefit. We are passionate about wild places and seek to share that passion with you.
We primarily conduct programs on publicly-owned land, such as the national forests (Cleveland, Angeles, San Bernardino, Los Padres), state parks, and county parks. We also provide exclusive access to private preserves owned by local land trusts. Many of our local natural areas are vast, beautiful, and mysterious, but rarely visited by the majority of our population. We want to encourage you to explore these priceless treasures. Every positive experience we share in nature brings us closer to preserving it for future generations.
Our vision is to preserve the ecological integrity of our local natural areas through community outreach and stewardship. Our programs are meant to be entertaining and educational. We understand that the human and natural communities are connected. Therefore, tours are designed to avoid negative impacts, such as habitat destruction, wildlife injury, erosion, and various forms of pollution. In addition to preserving a high level of respect for our natural surroundings, your comfort and safety are our highest priorities.
NFY is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, public benefit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.Joel Robinson is the founder, executive director, and head naturalist for Naturalist For You. He has guided thousands of curious individuals on professional wilderness tours since 2001. Many organizations and agencies have utilized his talents, including the US Forest Service, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, The Wildlands Conservancy, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Los Padres Forest Association, Silverado Modjeska Park & Recreation District, Santa Ana Mountains Wild Heritage Project, City of Santa Ana, City of Lake Forest, and Orange County Department of Education. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation. His vision is to connect the majority of the public to our local natural areas, so their preservation is guaranteed for future generations.