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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 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.


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Pirate Sea Cave @ Dana Point

Ocean Institute

Must email [masked] or call[masked] to confirm RSVP and receive full event details. MEET IN FRONT OF THE BRIG PILGRIM TALL SHIP. Avast, ye scurvy dogs! Join Captain Will Radford on a pirate sea cave adventure! Participants are encouraged to dress and talk like a pirate on a rugged journey from the jetty to the historic "Point. Hear tall tales of buccaneers, sea monsters and buried treasure. Search for mysterious creatures in the tide pools. Marvel at the steep cliffs where loose boulders await unsuspecting visitors. Arrive at a hidden sea cave with a secret entrance through a narrow slot filled with knee-high water. Bring full meal in a backpack to enjoy at the cave. Expect to get your feet wet. And remember, dead men tell no tales...

Rewilding 101: Topic: Introduction to Rewilding

Rose Canyon Cantina & Grill parking lot

What is rewilding? Who popularized the term and what does it mean? How does this relate to me? How do I relate to the rest of nature? Can a human be "wild"? What is domestication and is it bad? Find out for yourself on this immersive lecture and hike

Mindfulness Meditation Nature Walk @ Santiago Park Nature Reserve

Santiago Creek Wildlife & Watershed Center, Santiago Park

Must email [masked] to confirm RSVP and receive full event details. Mindfulness meditation, nature walk and discussion on the 2nd Sunday of every month @ Santiago Park Nature Reserve (Santa Ana's first officially designated natural area). Sunday, 12/9 - Making Space Sunday, 1/13 - Gratitude Sunday, 2/10 - Generosity Sunday, 3/10 - Laughter Sunday, 4/14 - Kindness Sunday, 5/12 - Compassion From Wait to State to Trait, From Role to Soul to Whole: In this monthly series, we learn how to generate within ourselves states of positivity, such as gratitude and forgiveness. We discuss the science of each topic and how we can practice over time so that a "state" can become a "trait," our new normal. Mindfulness meditation is the foundation of the series and will be taught and practiced in each session. This series is also an opportunity to respond to the current social and political tension in a way that is peaceful and constructive. References: Mindfulness for Beginners, by Jon Kabat-Zinn: http://www.soundstrue.com/store/mindfulness-for-beginners.html Free Guided Meditations from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center: http://marc.ucla.edu/mpeg/01_Breathing_Meditation.mp3, http://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations The Greater Good Science Center: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/

Foraging, Fiddling & Fables @ Orange Farmer's Market

Orange Home Grown Farmer's and Artisan Market

• What we'll do Naturalist For You is hosting a "foraging of wild edibles" identification class, fiddle/mandolin music jam session and storytelling activity area for families on the 3rd Saturday of every month at the Orange Home Grown Farmer's & Artisan's Market in Orange. http://orangehomegrown.org/ • What to bring • Important to know

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Foraging, Fiddling & Fables @ Orange Farmer's Market

Orange Home Grown Farmer's and Artisan Market

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