Families in Nature would like to offer your community, 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 typically includes two days of camping, learning and exploring with a like-minded community who believes in the power of shared time in nature. Shorter one day sessions are also available.

The Guide Development Program brought to your community will include:

  • Four training modules, including why families need nature, how to plan successful adventures, risk management and keeping families safe outdoors, the benefits of teaching science outside, discovery-style outdoor teaching methods and best practices, Leave No Trace principles, outdoor skill development, raising up the next generation of conservation leaders, how to inspire hope and a love of nature, 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 1,500 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.
  • Outdoor skill building, including how to make a campfire, outdoor cooking, how to teach knife safety, knots and shelter building, and more, including demos of camping and other gear (tents, sleeping pads, camp kitchens, etc.) from FIN’s Gear Library.
  • Fun nature activities and lesson examples from the Ecologist School Guidebook, including guided hikes day and night, wildlife viewing, nighttime games and more (depending on location of training).
  • Community building with a shared meal around the campfire (if location allows fire).
  • Inspiration and knowledge to help you create your own Nature Community.
  • Specific training on how to create your own Campus Campout Program based on FIN’s campus campouts program for schools and other community organizations.
  • 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 and setting make this possible.


Contact our staff to discuss logistics such as who to invite, how to include them, where to hold the training, etc…


Contact us to schedule your training.

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

How and How Much?

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

To apply for the program, participants should complete the online application.

The cost of the GDP hosted by your organization, school, city or collaborative in your location, for up to 20 participants, is:
$2500 plus FIN staff travel costs for a one day training (8 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 Program.

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.