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Nature Friends is a non-profit membership organization whose purposes among others are; to acquaint its members with the opportunity to appreciate nature and the natural scenery of the country. To acquire, build and maintain lodges, shelters, houses. and other places of recreation. To arrange meetings, social and cultural activities, exhibitions and lectures in relation to the purposes of the club. To promote the selective use of its facilities to generate revenue to support the organization.

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Nature Friends LA

The Nature Friends was founded in Vienna, Austria in 1895 to provide members and their families with places to go and enjoy nature and encourage the study of nature related subjects. The Club soon spread throughout Europe and many lodges and clubhouses were built, usually in forests, ski areas or close to wilderness areas. In 1920, a group of Nature Friends living in the Los Angeles area decided to buy land in the City of Sierra Madre overlooking the San Gabriel Mountains. A few years later, a cabin was built in the San Jacinto Mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest.

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The Nature Friends facilities in Los Angeles are an ideal location for meetings, retreats, weddings, workshops, seminars, birthday parties or picnics. All in a secluded rustic setting... easily accessible from most areas in the Greater Los Angeles Basin. Nature Friends is located in the beautiful foothill city of Sierra Madre, only 45 minutes drive from Los Angeles Airport or Hollywood, 30 minutes from Burbank Airport or downtown Los Angeles and just 15 minutes from Pasadena.

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Welcome to Nature Friends Los Angeles Website

Nature Friends is a non-profit membership organization whose purposes among others are:

  • To acquaint its members with the opportunity to appreciate nature and the natural scenery of the country.
  • To encourage the study of nature and to disseminate the knowledge of the natural sciences.
  • To support and aid the protection, conservation and preservation of woods, wildlife and the natural features of this country.
  • To promote friendship and good relations with other organizations and individuals who are sympathetic to the above stated purposes.
  • To acquire, build and maintain lodges, shelters, houses. and other places of recreation.
  • To arrange meetings, social and cultural activities, exhibitions and lectures in relation to the purposes of the club.
  • To promote the selective use of its facilities to generate revenue to support the organization.


We have two facilities in the Los Angeles, Southern California area. A lodge and Retreat Center in the city of Sierra Madre and a cabin in the San Jacinto Mountains. Below is the information about them:

Disclaimer

Nature Friends Los Angeles is a Private Membership organization. Its facilities are NOT open to the general public. All Nature Friends activities are by invitation only. We reserve the right to refuse admittance to any person for any reason. Please call ahead before you visit our location and arrange an appointment. Do not come unannounced. We often have private events at our locations, and we appreciate your not disturbing them with unannounced visits. 
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Summer Solstice

SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL

You are cordially invited to attend the

2016 SUMMER SOLSTICE
MUSIC, ART AND NATURE FESTIVAL

SUNDAY, JUNE 12
12 noon to 5 PM
at NATURE FRIENDS

Welcome to the Summer Solstice celebration 2016.

This year, the party takes place on Sunday, June 12,
starting at 12:00 noon
Potluck Lunch at 1:00PM

Theme: Summer Feast
 

Nature Friends is located in the heart of the canyon:
423 Yucca Trail, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Come share the artistry of nature, music, poetry, and fine food.

Jean Sudbury is hosting this event with the help of Nature Friends.

She will be playing her interesting assortment of instruments throughout the event.

The event will begin with an open mike poetry, prose and music hour.

To share the stage, let’s make the presentations between 5 and 7 minutes long.

Of course, that will be determined on how many folks want to share.

If it is really popular, we can make it longer.

This will be a time to congregate on the patio and continue our pot luck food adventure.

We have had such creatively healthful and yummy food at these events, keep it going!

Please place your culinary addition on the table, and It will be presented buffet-style.

Beverages will be sold at this event.

A voluntary donation of $5 (members) or $10 (non-members) per person is appreciated.

This is a family-friendly celebration.

Artist displays are encouraged to add to the colorful festivity of
the Summer Solstice 2016.


If you are interested in participating, send a note on the Nature Friends LA website
and Jean will contact you with further information.


All ages are welcome    

For more info, contact organizer Jean Sudbury: sudbury.jean99@gmail.com




 

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Nature Friends Clubhouse
Sierra Madre

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Wednesday Evening Hike with Nature Friends.

We meet every Wednesday evening at 6PM for a 1 to 2 hours hike (depending on the weather).

We hike the local trails and foothills. Past hikes included Eaton Canyon, Santa Anita Canyon, Milliard Falls, the Arroyo Seco and many other local wonders and beautiful locations just within minutes of our homes. Meeting and hiking location is sent by email a day or two before.

Join us for a evening or fun, friendship and exercise.

Organized by NFLA Volunteers

For more details, please CLICK HERE and request to be added to the mailing list.

Information and views of our facilities

Sierra Madre Lodge and Retreat Center

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An ideal location for meetings, retreats, weddings, workshops, seminars, birthday parties or picnics. All in a secluded rustic setting... easily accessible from most areas in the Greater Los Angeles Basin.

Nature Friends is located in the beautiful foothill city of Sierra Madre, only 45 minutes drive from Los Angeles Airport or Hollywood, 30 minutes from Burbank Airport or downtown Los Angeles and just 15 minutes from Pasadena.

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The buildings are set in a fork of Little Santa Anita Canyon on the eastern shoulder of Mount Wilson, nestled in a grove of wild oak and alder trees and other nature plantings. The property is a nature and wildlife sanctuary, retreat center, community resource, library and welcoming garden.

Feel free to look at our website and if you would like more information about the requirements for using our facility for your next event or would like to get more information about becoming a member contact us. We will be glad to invite you to come and visit us.

San Jacinto Cabin

Here below are some pictures from our cabin up in the mountains of San Jacinto, near Idylwild.

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This cabin was built by our members, by hand between 1929 and 1932. We have a vintage video in our archive collection showing how they did it.. it's amazing what they did back in those days. They were very resourceful.

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