Ron Swaisgood
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  • San Diego, CA
  • United States
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Director of Applied Animal Ecology
San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research
As Director of Applied Animal Ecology for the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research, I supervise several endangered species recovery programs in southern California and around the globe. In addition to this role, I am championing the Zoo’s increasing involvement in the movement to reconnect kids to nature. As a father of two boys, aged 3 and 5, I am a passionate advocate of getting my own family out in nature. My wife and co-founded a local family nature club (Family Adventures in Nature or FAN Club). Join our website to see what we do. If you're not a participant you can still join as an "observational member." We are also on the steering committee for the local civic association’s efforts at sustainability, which includes the goal of connecting children to nature and the steering committee of of the San Diego Children & Nature Collaborative (

Getting kids out in nature is our number 1 priority! Starting with our own! We are all avid hikers and campers, and nature is where we turn for fun, strengthening family bonds, and relaxation.
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Family nature clubs build community

My wife, Janice, and I founded a family nature club recently. We have monthly (at least) Saturday outings, but already a second smaller group has broken off to establish "Wilderness Wednesdays"--nature outings every Wednesday from 10-12.

Today brought home to me why we are doing this—it’s fun!…


Posted on February 6, 2010 at 2:06am — 3 Comments

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At 4:36am on November 21, 2016, ALAIN PIERRE said…

Good day,
How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very important to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site. Could you please get back to me on my private email( if you dont mind ?
Have a nice day and God bless you,

At 4:24am on November 18, 2016, emmanuel said…

Greetings to you, My name is Emmanuel, I am worried because I have not heard from you, I hope you received my previous message I sent you a few days ago? through this email, please answer me now through this mail (

At 11:23am on October 3, 2011, Avery Cleary said…

Hey Ron,  Really enjoyed meeting you! Great to connect here as well.  Friday I had an impulse to visit the zoo on my way to the airport. WOW  I loved it!  Hoping to pull the family together for

a vacation at the Bahia and a trip to the zoo early next year.

Definitely want to connect with you and Janice whenever that happens.  Fondly, Avery

At 11:08am on October 3, 2011, Chip Donahue said…
Thanks so much for fixing that problem!
At 7:13am on October 3, 2011, Ashley Wainwright Donahue said…

Thank you for the kind words about the Journeys article. We are still obviously having tons of fun with our group!


Chip has definitely gotten over his anxiety of snakes jumping out at him, although he and our oldest just hiked to McAfee's Knob and he was a bit nervous watching his 11 year old daughter dangle her legs over the side of the cliff. But, he let her! Go Chip!


He is on the ning site....not sure why you can't find him here. Maybe look at my friends and he should be listed.


We have thoroughly enjoyed following you and your family....and your nature club this last year and are always inspired by the effort you and Janice make get families out the the comfort zone and into the wild. And yes, the conference this year was our 2nd year in a row we had to miss. But, we were thrilled to hear that next year's will be at the National Conservation Training Center. We went this past summer and it is an exceptional campus. So, we are definitely in for next year;s conference!


My best to all of you!

At 11:22am on September 30, 2011, Holly A. Hunter said…
Yes, I was happy to finally meet you both at the Gathering.  It would be fun to come up with a camping trip somewhere between us next year!  Would love to relax and camp with you and your family!  We also love coming to California, so maybe can plan something with your group too.
At 11:10pm on March 17, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Ron! Great to connect here and about Family Nature Clubs. I look forward to lots more collaboration and ideas. Thank you so much for your nice comments about my blog. I don't know that my life's idyllic, but I am blessed to live in a beautiful place with a nature-loving family, and we try to enjoy it all. Your family is welcome to come see the redwoods anytime. Hopefully the owls will come around.

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