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Start a Family Nature Club

Start a Family Nature Club

Do you belong to a book club? A dinner club? Or do you go to a monthly mom’s night out? These get-togethers provide bonding time where you can socialize, plus:

  • read a new book
  • or try a new recipe
  • or meet new friends.

The true beauty of these monthly appointments is that they introduce you to something you may not do on your own.

Starting a monthly Family Nature Club puts the priority back on play and time on nature. With school starting, I think it’s more important than ever to schedule some nature time into your family’s fall schedule.

We have a very small private club that’s been meeting for over a year. I find that a group of 4 or 5 families keeps it manageable and is ideal for most activities and venues. Keeping the group small also makes the planning easy! Here’s some highlights from this summer:

We hiked along the Back Bay spotting birds and making observations:

We created sculptures out of rocks we found at San Onofre State Beach:

We picked up trash:

And got lots of fresh air and exercise, while learning about the nature that’s right outside our door.

Visit the Children and Nature Network website for a complete toolkit on how to start your own Family Nature Club. (Also available in Spanish.)

If you live in Orange County, you can plan your outings based on our parks in my blog or my summer play trips emails. Most were free or just involved low-fee parking.

I also know of mom groups that have a “nature outing” sub-group. Now, that’s a GREAT idea!!  What are you waiting for?

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Post originally appeared on my Play Mom blog at


Thursday 15th of September 2011

Hi, Yes we love our outdoor playgroup for our preschoolers , so much that I have done for 6 years, every week in all kids of weather. Now with my toddler, different location and place. We have just created a social media site with tools (blogs,groups) and private group for people to share ideas and frustrations. We have many active groups in the US and Canada. Love to see more


Wednesday 14th of September 2011

I love this post! I've been contemplating starting a nature group for awhile now. I just wasn't sure how to go about it. But I think I was easily overwhelmed. This has inspired me to really try. Thanks so much for the inspiration!


Wednesday 14th of September 2011

Yay! I'm so glad I inspired you. is another great site with tools for forming a club. That C&NN Toolkit makes it really easy.

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