When I decided to get back into shape I discovered a website called Meetup. I joined a hiking club and also found another group that has become my favorite called Naturalist For You. Founder Joel Robinson and his group of knowledgeable naturalists (environmental educators) make learning about nature fun! Based out of Silverado Canyon, CA. Naturalist for You teaches about the nature all around us, surviving in the wilderness, history about the Indians that lived here in this area, uses for local plants and has fun events like tree climbing and Mountain Music Night. The ever barefoot Joel (yes even when hiking) is engaging and knows how make each Meetup fun! This group is a Girl Scout leaders dream! You can find just about anything you want to learn about nature!
To quote Joel on his website: "I am a naturalist (environmental educator), mountain man, musician, forager, tree climber, rock scrambler, falls bagger, canyon guardian, founder of Naturalist for You, and whatever else you want to label me." The subjects they teach seem never ending if you look at their website or Meetup calendar. So far I have learning how to forage for food, make acorn bread, learned about plants that can be used for medicines and are edible, and went on a nocturnal animal hike. I plan to do more- I just have to make the time!
Any class you take through Naturalist for You will be a blast and you will learn without even realizing it! Take your shoes off and get your feet wet in Silverado Creek. Hop on boulders. Climb and balance on fallen logs. Identify wildlife. Forage for food. Take time to relax and meditate to the sound of a flowing creek. Play and have fun! Whatever you do, your troop or your family will have a great time!
Naturalist For You will be at the Green Zone 11 Emergency Preparedness/Zombie Apocalypse event in November! Thanks Joel!
For more information you can go to the Naturalist For You website at http://www.naturalist-for-you.org
or join the Naturalist for You on Meetup for upcoming tours at http://www.meetup.com/naturalist-for-you
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