Natural FamiliesNature Clubs and More
Families are direct decision makers in the lives of children and must be at the forefront of this movement.The Natural Families Network engages thousands of parents and families from across the country and around the world in frequent, active time together in the natural world. Groups of families organized into Family Nature Clubs help to break down barriers to getting out in nature, bringing together families from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and across generations. Family Nature Clubs also foster quality time together with family and friends.
Family Nature Clubs worldwide are dedicated to helping people get time in nature back on the family calendar by providing regular opportunities to engage in hikes, paddles, camping trips and other fun outdoor family activities. These experiences help to give families a sense of place, allow for free play in nature, and familiarize them with the many opportunities for outdoor recreation in their neighborhoods. Historically, Family Nature Clubs have been very grassroots and organic by nature, perhaps started by families just like yours. Additionally, through large-scale partnerships with organizations that also seek to serve families in nature, C&NN is growing participation in Family Nature Clubs worldwide.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Canadian Wildlife Federation
Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Monica Lopez Magee, Director, Family Initiatives
Nature Clubs for Families FAQs
Why is “free play in nature” so important for kids? What’s the big deal?
My daughter is afraid of bugs and doesn’t want to get dirty. What can I do?
What is the difference between a Natural Family and a Family Nature Club?
How can I find out if there’s a Family Nature Club near me?
I think I’d like to start a Family Nature Club. How do I get started?
What about liability? Do I need to get insurance?
“What if more and more parents, grandparents and kids around the world band together to create outdoor adventure clubs, family nature networks, family outdoor clubs, or green gyms? What if this approach becomes the norm in every community?”Richard Louv
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO PLAY?
C&NN’s friends at Clif Kid are dedicated to reclaiming play. They’re encouraging boys and girls everywhere to get back outside, push their boundaries, and feed their adventures.
Find out more at http://www.clifbar.com/come-out-to-play