Welcome to the virtual gathering place of the Natural Families Network. A “Natural Family” is any family who values and uses the natural world as a place for playing, growing, and learning. Natural Families believe that children who spend time in nature are happier, healthier and smarter, and aspire to share their experiences with other families.
Latest Activity: May 3
The Natural Family Network is a forum designed to connect families virtually, giving space to share ideas and ask for suggestions, where families can be engaged, supportive and encouraged. Here, we discuss and ask questions about using the natural world as a playground for our kids, whereby connecting with nature on a regular basis, they will harvest the seeds of lifelong stewardship in and for the natural world.
It is our hope that this forum will help grow the movement and inspire more families to enjoy the wonders of nature, either with a family nature club, with friends, or on their own! This is a great place to get more information on how to start a family nature club if you’re interested, too. Peruse the topics here and jump in with your own questions and contributions often.
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the C&NN Connect site.
The goal of the Natural Families Network and this website is to encourage more families to connect their children with nature and to provide a forum where Natural Families can share their ideas, experiences and views.
Please participate actively, and encourage others to join. Get together face-to-face as well when you can!
You'll find tools and resources on the Natural Families Network home pages and throughout the larger Children & Nature Network website.
If you're looking for tools and resources you'll find them on the Natural Families Network home pages and throughout the larger Children & Nature Network website.
We all have our "favorites"... favorite places, favorite sayings, favorite food, favorite "stuff", right? It would be great for all of us Natural Families to share our favorite books that are…Continue
Started by Janice Swaisgood. Last reply by Jan Ellen Ferrigan May 3.
CLIF Kid® Launches 3rd Annual Backyard Game ContestWith New Group Category Contest Aims to Inspire Kids to Balance Technology and Screen Timewith Imaginative, Outdoor Play CLIF Kid®, maker of organic…Continue
Started by Janice Swaisgood. Last reply by Janice Swaisgood May 2.
In my search for good nature-based literature for my 6 and 8 year old boys, I recently rediscovered a fantastic resource we have right here with C&NN. Where Nature Meets Story has reignited my…Continue
Started by Janice Swaisgood. Last reply by Kelly Pfeiffer Mar 21.
When I was six years old, I visited the snow leopard exhibit at a zoo - a small, concrete, cell-block exhibit. All that animal did was pace back and forth with a maniacal look in its eyes.Back and…Continue
Started by Jeanine Silversmith. Last reply by Janice Swaisgood Mar 20.
As a landscape architect, I recently joined the Children’s Outdoor Environment Professional Practice Network of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Before having children, I was a member of…Continue
Started by Ashley Norton. Last reply by Janice Swaisgood Mar 18.
The Children and Nature Network (C&NN) recognizes the importance of reconnecting our society to the natural world, especially our children. Their Natural Families Network promotes family…Continue
Started by Nkrumah Frazier Mar 9.
Last fall when I read about family nature clubs in Richard Louv’s book, The Nature Principle, I knew that this was what I wanted for my family. I immediately put the book down and spent a few hours…Continue
Started by Gayle Bodge. Last reply by Gayle Bodge Dec 7, 2012.