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Pet Rocks!

Family Adventures in Nature (in association with the San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative) is a locally based family nature club. We hold monthly and weekly adventures for families along with…Continue

Tags: kids, adventures, nature, rock, families

Started Feb 3, 2010

 

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Janice Swaisgood replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion Family Nature Club Leader Receives Award! in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"Congratulations again, Heather!!"
Aug 12, 2013
Suz Lipman replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion Family Nature Club Leader Receives Award! in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"This is great news! Congratulations, Austin Families in Nature!"
Aug 12, 2013
Janice Swaisgood's discussion was featured

Family Nature Club Leader Receives Award!

One of our very own family nature clubs, Austin Families in Nature, received the John Covert Watson Award for Vision in connecting children to nature on Sept 17th in Austin,Texas, during the Celebration of Children in Nature at The Four Seasons Hotel. The Celebration of Children in Nature is an annual event hosted by Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center in Austin, to shine the spotlight on the importance of getting our kids outside…See More
Aug 12, 2013
Rob M. Wyrick left a comment for Janice Swaisgood
"Hi Janice.  Thank you for the welcome.  You are right, I certainly enjoy the unique opportunity to spend my professional days advocating for, raising funds for and creating awareness for opportunities for all kids to learn via outdoor…"
Aug 6, 2013
Nkrumah Frazier replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion NFN Webinar: May 30th at 9:00 am PT in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"I hate that I missed this one!"
Aug 6, 2013
Janice Swaisgood replied to Dani Tinker's discussion Free Ranger Rick Education Guides for Teachers in the group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"This looks fabulous Dani -- thanks for sharing! I noticed that there is also a tab for "Parents" and am wondering if you'd like to post a similar discussion for the Natural Families Network? I'll message you offline too.…"
Aug 6, 2013
Janice Swaisgood left a comment for Rob M. Wyrick
"Rob! Welcome to the Natural Families Network here on C&NN Connect! From your profile it looks as if you're lucky enough to have a job that impacts your area of interest! I'd love to learn more about what you do, both with your job and…"
Aug 6, 2013
Janice Swaisgood replied to Lia Grippo's discussion 2nd Annual Reaching Nature Connection Conference in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"Hi Lia! Thanks for sharing this information. I'm excited to learn more about what you're doing up north of me!  I hope you're able to make it to the Grassroots Gathering this year - in San Diego Sept 4 - 6th, followed by the…"
Jul 15, 2013
Jan Ellen Ferrigan replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion Do you have a great book to share? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"I recently released a nature-themed kids' book. 1. Lotto's Super-Awesome Unbelievable Park Adventure 2. Jan Ferrigan 3. Publication Date (Nov 2012 and Jan 2013 depending on format) 4. 8 - 11 years old 5. Fantasy meets travelogue in a…"
May 3, 2013
Janice Swaisgood replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion How does $10,000 - $15,000 sound? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"Don't forget - it PAYS to PLAY OUTSIDE! Share, tweet, post and email this link to all of your nature-loving friends and family nature clubs!http://www.clifkidbackyardgame.com/index.html "
May 2, 2013
Carla Gull replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion Do you have a great book to share? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"1.The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms  2. Clare Walker Leslie 3. 2010 4. Families, children 6+, adult nature study 5. This nature journal uses a month-by-month approach with journal sheets incorporated…"
Apr 11, 2013
Ken Schmaltz replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion Do you have a great book to share? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"This looks like the perfect book for my 8-year-old. Thanks!"
Mar 24, 2013
Janice Swaisgood replied to Janice Swaisgood's discussion Do you have a great book to share? in the group C&NN Natural Families Network
"TITLE:  Stickeen: John Muir and the Brave Little Dog AUTHOR:  John Muir, as retold by Donnell Rubay PUBLICATION DATE:  1998 RECOMMENDED AGES:  6+ (good one to share, reading together) SYNOPSIS: This true tale actually happened…"
Mar 24, 2013
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Family Adventures in Nature
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http://www.familyadventuresinnature.org
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Transformational Experience: From Fear to Wonder

Last spring, we hosted a family camping trip to Mojave National Preserve with our family nature club, Family Adventures in Nature. Three families came, which we thought was a pretty

good turnout since the trip required a five-hour drive from San Diego. One

family we’d never met before brought two daughters, 7 and nearly 4. The

seven-year-old’s name was Kate. The kids seemed to hit it off right away. We

all did,…

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Posted on August 8, 2010 at 5:16pm — 3 Comments

Great American Backyard Campout, June 26, 2010

Hello All.

I just looked up the National Wildlife Federation's "Great American Backyard Campout" and it is scheduled for Saturday, June 26, 2010. I thought it might be a good idea to start a blog topic here to throw around ideas, tips, etc. for participating in this event. We've got a good 120 families in our group now (not all are active as of now) and this will likely be our "big" summer event!

I will be rallying a group within our group to participate in the planning and development… Continue

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 12:22am

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At 10:05am on August 6, 2013, Rob M. Wyrick said…

Hi Janice.  Thank you for the welcome.  You are right, I certainly enjoy the unique opportunity to spend my professional days advocating for, raising funds for and creating awareness for opportunities for all kids to learn via outdoor experiences.  Then get to go home and spend the evenings playing outside with my own kids.  I have worked the past few years for a small nonprofit organization that provides around 6,500 kids in the Kansas City area with Outdoor School programs and summer camps.  I am actually beginning a new role with Camp Fire's national headquarters this coming Monday where I will be doing similar work, but on behalf of 70+ Camp Fire Councils in 30 states and 300,000+ kids.

Personally, I have 3 (soon to be 4) kids with the oldest being 6.  I somewhat unsuccesfully tried to start a family nature club through earlier this year that just hasn't picked up much steam yet.  A few outings with mostly our friends that like to hang outdoors with us anyways.  It was more my lack of really putting the time and energy in to it, so maybe with a bit more focus it will happen.   I am also excited in that I am helping a group advance the efforts of the Kansas Coalition for Children in Nature (now known KCN).  It had some steam a few years ago and pretty much completely fell of anyone's radar for the the last year or more.  Hopefully that is going to be changing soon. 

At 10:21am on October 23, 2012, Barbara Mascareno said…

Gracias Janice, que lindo que vas a formar un grupo para familias con chicos bilingue. Mi nena tiene 5 a~nos y esta en el jardin de infante. Soy tutora en varias materias como ense~nanza en Espa~nol, matematicas y ciencias. Fui tutora por mucho tiempo asistiendo a ni~nos que participan en el programa NCLB. Siguo hoy en dia ayudando a ni~nos a estudiar y progresar en sus estudios. 

Henderson, Nevada es una ciudad cerca de Las Vegas, Nevada, y muy linda para criar a los hijos. Tiene lindos parques, apesar de ser parte del desierto. 

Espero saber mas acercas de NFN, especialmente si es guiado para los educadores bilingue. 

Nos hablamos pronto :)

At 7:04am on October 23, 2012, Barbara Mascareno said…

Hi Janice, it's great to connect with you :)

At 6:44pm on August 12, 2012, Nkrumah Frazier said…

Thanks a bunch Janice.  The info is greatly appreciated!!!! Any info on applying for 501c3 status?

At 1:16pm on August 12, 2012, Nkrumah Frazier said…

Hello Janice,

How has the issue of liability been tackled as it pertains to family nature clubs and leading outdoor excursions?

At 11:50am on August 12, 2012, Nkrumah Frazier said…

Thanks for the welcome Janice.  I am in the process of creating a Family Nature club for the South Mississippi region.  Any pointers?  How do I get it listed on this site?

At 3:35pm on May 17, 2012, Catarina Loureiro said…

Hi Janice.

Thank you for you comment. Actually I don't have a family club yet, but I'm in the process of starting one in my neighborhood. I'm a geologist and I teach science and environmental ed. and I love nature so I can't wait to share my thoughts and learn some great tips from Family Nature Clubs :)

Have you ever come to Portugal? We have a great weather for nature activities!  

Catarina

At 3:49pm on September 6, 2010, Lori Waizman said…
Hi! I would love to know more. I teach three year olds and I love nature1 Please connect me with any thing in our area, also if you have any info I can pass onto my parents, I would love to get them involved!!!

Thanks for your e-mail
At 9:45am on February 17, 2010, Catherine Adams said…
Thank you so much Janice for viewing our website dedicated to kids nature photography.If you know of any children who would like to share their vision, we would love to see their work!!!!
At 4:50pm on February 5, 2010, amy pertschuk said…
Yeah and Welcome! You are exactly who we need here. Love the photos.

eNature! Well, we developed that site ourselves -- my husband and I and a team of very talented folks from 1998 - 2004. Long story. Good times. My husband is still involved to some extent.
 
 
 

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