Family Nature Club

If you’re a parent looking for ideas on how to get your family more involved in outdoor activities around Greenville, then you've come to the right place.

What is nature play?
Nature Play is an innovative approach to early childhood development using natural surroundings to foster empathy for the environment. If a child is rooted in natural learning and grows as nature grows, then they will feel the urge to respect and protect it. Since much of the earth's future depends on the children of today, why not teach them to protect what they love?

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.”
~ Baba Dioum
About the Family Nature Club
The Greenville Zoo is committed to bringing a love of nature back to children. As part of this commitment, the Education Department at the Greenville Zoo is introducing the Family Nature Club. With the help of the Children & Nature Network, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, the Family Nature Club will provide families with opportunities to participate in multiple outdoor activities inspired by nature.
There is no charge to be a member of the Family Nature Club. However, all participants, children and adults, must be registered members of the club in order to participate in program outings and activities.
Club members will also receive an invitation to follow our nature play blog, Naturally Wild. Naturally Wild is free to follow and will strive to inspire you weekly with ideas for nature play in your own back yard or community, it will have crafts, or simple reflections on the beauty of the world around you. There is a wilder world out there and we want to share it with you! 

Family Nature Club Outings

You must be a member in order to participate in the hikes. Please note that some outings may require a small fee.
  • Tree ID Hike- (This event is full)
  •  September 10, 2016
     Get face to face with some of our local trees, learn how to 
     identify trees and the benefits that they bring to the surrounding
      - If you wish to be put on the wait list please contact the education 
      department at 864-467-4850.

  • Exploring Poinsett Bridge
  •  October 8, 2016
     Meet at the oldest bridge in South Carolina for outdoor exploration.  
  • Letter Boxing
  •  November 5, 2016
     Explore the trails while looking for hidden treasures
  • Mountain Goat Climbing (spaces limited and fees may apply)
  •  January 14, 2017
     Meet at the Mountain Goat gym for a full family climbing experience
  • Bunched Arrowhead Preserve Hike
  •  March 11, 2017
     DE stress with nature's beauties as we hike through the Bunched 
     Arrowhead Reserve
  • Reddy River Clean-Up
  •  April 8, 2017
     Let's Make a difference! Meet at the Reedy River for a much needed 
     clean up
  • Paris Mountain Meet Up
  •   May 13, 2017
      Meet at Paris Mountain for new discoveries in water play 
  • Camp Adventure (fees may apply)
  •   June 10, 2017
      Get ready for an adventure filled night under the stars!
Family Nature Club activities
Get involved in nature, right in your own backyard! From Roly Poly Paintings to Crayon Cookies to handmade Bird Feeders, you can always find a project to do with Nature Play. Or, take advantage of the outdoors year-round and download our seasonal scavenger hunts.