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.
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.
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.