The US is home to countless natural wonders – lakes, mountains, forests, deserts, oceans – that we all deserve to enjoy, but it’s hard to know where to go, what to do when you visit and how to share it all with your family. At Family Nature Summits you learn while you play with programming designed for every age group – from the young to the young at heart – giving all Summit participants the opportunity for a fulfilling experience at each new location.
What Makes Us Unique
- We choose new, spectacular locations across the US each year so there is always something new to discover.
- We research the best hikes, water activities, wildlife adventures – so you get the best of the best.
- We offer activities for all ages. Even teens and grandparents love this family vacation!
- Adults of all ages and abilities can choose from a wide variety of options each day.
- Adrenaline activities like hiking, sailing and kayaking.
- Relaxing experiences like a pontoon boat or visiting a local vineyard.
- Educational events like butterfly studies or fresh water ecology.
- We find staff that are experts in their fields – from education to geology, fossils, orienteering and more.
- Communal meals and evening programs allow families and friends to share their day’s experiences.
- To emphasize education and advocacy with respect to wildlife preservation and conservation.
- To provide a multi-generational nature experience.
- To promote education, family, environment, history and culture within the context of the Summit format.
- To promote the betterment of the communities which it serves.
Starting with the first “Conservation Summit” in July, 1970, the National Wildlife Federation played host to hundreds of families and thousands of individuals at diverse locations throughout North America (including Canada, Alaska and Hawaii).
In 2007, the Family Nature Summits started our own not-for-profit and we have continued the Summit traditions begun so many years ago under the auspices of NWF. We still retain a close association with our parent organization, especially through the inspiring Craig Tufts Scholarship which is promoted every year in Ranger Rick magazine.
As a not-for-profit organization we are run by a volunteer board and leadership whose goal is to give our attendees a unique vacation exploring the natural world with family and friends.