Families in Nature would like to offer your community, school, school district, city, business, organization, or collaborative the opportunity to host Guide Training in your own location, taught by FIN staff. This in-person Guide Development Program is customizable to meet your needs. Our traditional training includes two days of camping and learning, but shorter one day sessions are also available.

Contact our staff to schedule an in-person Guide Development Program for your community, in your location.

This program is customizable, but our full in-person Guide Development Program includes:

  • Information and inspiration to take students and families out into nature, including why people need nature, how to teach hope and foster a love of nature, how to plan successful adventures, risk management and keeping families safe outdoors, the benefits of teaching science outside, discovery-style outdoor teaching methods, outdoor skill development, raising up the next generation of conservation leaders, and more.
  • Training on and access to FIN’s exclusive Ecologist School Program, which includes access to the FIN Guide version of our original Guidebook before it is published. The Ecologist School Guidebook contains an informal science curriculum of more than 1,000 hands-on S.T.E.A.M lessons in 16 branches of science relevant to ecology, with which participants can earn badges and even certification as a Junior Ecologist.
  • Inspiration and knowledge to help you create your own Nature Community.
  • Demos of camping and other gear (tents, sleeping pads, camp kitchens, etc.) from FIN’s Gear Library. Completion of the training will allow local Austin area guides to borrow our gear for use at events in their communities. (in-person program only)
  • Training on FIN’s campus campouts program for schools and other community organizations.
  • Outdoor skill building, including how to make a campfire, outdoor cooking, how to teach knife safety, knots and shelter building, and more. (in-person program only)
  • Fun nature activities and lesson examples from the Ecologist School Guidebook.
  • Community building with a meal around fire. (in-person program only)
  • Individual and small-group mentorship opportunities during and after training.
  • Inclusion in FIN’s community of practice to enable you to share experiences and learn from our community of Guides.

Our in-person trainings are frequently family-friendly, so children are also invited to attend if the group of participants, available teaching assistants, and setting make this possible.

CPE credits are available for Texas teachers who participate in this program.


Contact our staff to discuss logistics such as who to invite, how to include them, where to hold the training, etc… email: info@familiesinnature.org


Contact us to discuss customizing your program and to schedule your training.

In addition to the in-person portion of the training, there will also be approximately three hours of reading and reflection for participants to prepare beforehand.

How and How Much?

The cost of our GDP hosted by your organization, school, city or collaborative varies with location and duration of the course.

Costs for our typical Guide Development Programs, for up to 20 participants, is:
$2500 plus FIN staff travel costs for a one day training (6 hours)
$5000 plus FIN staff travel costs for a two day training, including optional overnight camping

These costs include access to FIN’s exclusive Ecologist School Guidebook.

A core part of Families in Nature’s mission is to create equitable access to nature, so we are happy to be part of a collaborative grant to fund bringing our Guide Development Program to your community. 

FIN is also happy to offer consulting to people and organizations who are working to get people out into nature. Fees vary with project.

Questions can be addressed to Heather Kuhlken, FIN’s Executive Director, at heather@familiesinnature.org.