Nearby Nature was established in 1992 by a group of inspired local naturalists and educators. Why? Because these folks knew something important. People of all ages, from the tiniest tots to the wisest elders, thrive when they connect with nature nearby. Since 1992, Nearby Nature's staff and volunteers have served tens of thousands of local children, adults, families, and teachers. We have also worked with thousands of volunteers and numerous community organizations. Every year, kids in our programs spend 28,000+ hours outside!