Family Adventures in Nature
Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire and support families to unite in a commitment to frequently enjoy fulfilling experiences in nature, and ultimately to foster a deep, lifelong connection to, and responsibility for, the natural world.

We also believe that evidence suggests that children who spend plenty of unstructured time outdoors are happier, healthier and smarter! We encourage families to get out on a regular basis and foster a natural sense of curiosity and awe! What better way to help your child meet social, physical and emotional milestones than in the natural world!

General Information

Family Adventures in Nature was officially founded in November 2009 by Ron and Janice Swaisgood and their two boys Owen and Luke. It has since grown and transformed into a model club for others nationwide. We have some 400+ members on our mailing list and would love to add others who are interested in being inspired and motivated to get out into nearby nature on a regular basis. We help families overcome their barriers in getting outside and help get "nature" back on the family calendar! Our club model of fostering local, satellite clubs within the larger family nature club provides plenty of opportunities that meet a variety of schedules! So dust off your hiking shoes, grab a magnifying glass and join us! It's free! Let us know that you found us on!

Contact Information

12111 Charbono Street
San Diego, CA 92131

San Diego County

Phone: 619-540-7246
Web Site:

Janice Swaisgood

Programs and Services

Education - Outdoor, Recreation

Family Adventures in Nature is made up of several satellite nature clubs that meet weekly or biweekly in specific geographical ranges. Currently there are four satellite clubs in Family Adventures in Nature:
- Wilderness Wednesdays meets weekly in Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Penasquitos
- Encinitas Explorers meets weekly in Encinitas and surrounding communities
- O'side Trail Tribe meets weekly in Oceanside and surrounding communities
- PB Peregrines meets biweekly in Pacific Beach and surrounding communities
In addition to these outings, Family Adventures in Nature hosts 2-3 outings per month all over San Diego. We typically hike, explore and discover, with plenty of time to play in and with nature!

Pre-K, Grade K-3, Grade 4-6, College/Adult

We are a family nature club that provides a variety of outings each month, including several groups that meet each week in "nearby nature." Come explore with us!