Janice Swaisgood
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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

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Started Feb 3, 2010

 

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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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