The Collaborative’s efforts to enhance opportunities for families to connect their children to nature are led by Family Adventures in Nature (FAN)  (http://www.meetup.com/FamilyAdventuresinNature/).  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. FAN typically offers 2-3 outdoor adventures per month on the weekends plus a variety of weekday outings. Adults are encouraged to follow their children's lead in nature, fostering their natural sense of wonder and awe. 

In addition to the overall FAN group, there are several "Nearby Nature Community Networks" that meet within the same geographical region each week:

  • Central Wanderers, meets in the College-Rolando area
  • Encinitas Explorers meets in Encinitas and surrounding areas
  • Nature's Playground meets in and around Scripps Ranch
  • O'side Trail Tribe meets in and around Oceanside
  • PB Peregrines meets mostly in the Pacific Beach/Clairemont areas
  • Pequeños Exploradores (bilingual Spanish)
  • Sense of Wonder Wednesdays, meets in the South Bay Area (bilingual Spanish)
  • Thursday Trekkers meets in and around Mira Mesa
  • Urban Canyoneers, meets in the Balboa Park area
  • Wilderness Wednesdays meets predominately in the Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, and Poway communities

Contact Janice at Janice@familyadventuresinnature.org for more information and how to start up a group "nearby" your home!  We'd love to help you with resources and mentorship, and we hope to see you and your family out in nature soon!