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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.

Have your next event with us.

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. 
By Participating in any NFLA event, you accept the following Terms and Conditions.

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Nature Friends Clubhouse
Sierra Madre

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SUMMER NIGHTS
at NFLA
Saturday, August 27

starting at 6PM
with a Potluck Dinner
and a Movie Night

(bring your favorite dish to share)

 

Then at Sunset:

 

 

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Join us for our final movie night of the summer. We will screen John Ford's 1946 My Darling Clementine. But first we will have a potluck supper! In keeping with the movie, bring your favorite cowboy or Southwest dishes!

To celebrate the closing of summer, we will not charge an entrance fee, but will have beer, wine and sodas available for purchase.

More about the movie:

Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to stay in Tombstone until James' killers are found. He soon runs into the brooding, coughing, hard-drinking Doc Holliday as well as the sullen and vicious Clanton clan. Wyatt discovers the owner of a trinket stolen from James' dead body and the stage is set for the Earps' long-awaited revenge.


- A Special Movie Night under the stars -


Potluck Dinner before the movie

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Potluck Dinner starts at 6:00PM

(Bring you favorite dish to share)

 

Movie Starts at Sunset


Location: Sierra Madre Lodge

 

 

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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.

 

2016 Cabin Season Weekends

 
 
 
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Summer / Fall Weekends at the Cabin!!!
Experience cooler weather, smog free days
and awesome star studded nights
in the magnificent San Jacinto Mountains
 

The San Jacinto Cabin open weekends
during the season of 2016 for members and guests are:


June 3-5
July 1-4 - (Independence Day Weekend)
August 5-7 - Weekend dates for Oakland and San Francisco Branches
September 2-5 - (Labor Day weekend)
October 14-16
November 4-6 - (Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner)

(Above schedule subject to change)

We encourage anyone interested to come up and enjoy our wonderful cabin.

NOTES: Because access to the cabin is restricted,
all members and guests need to RSVP
at least two days prior to the weekend.

All Guests must be accompanied by a member.

Scroll to the bottom of the website home page to see more pictures of the cabin.

When you come, bring the following:

* Drinking water
* Flashlight
* Sleeping bag
* Your own pillowcase
* Your own food and drinks

Please join us at our lovely cabin for outdoor fun and friendships.

Here is a preview of the attractions...
There are many wonderful outdoor activities at the cabin such as trails to hike, a horseshoe court, quiet places to relax and read, a hammock (first come first serve), stars to gaze up at (we have a star chart), a fire ring for campfires (bring your instruments and singing voices), sunbathing on sunny days (bring your own towel), lots of board games and playing cards, a special bench for watching spectacular sunsets and chairs for sitting out doors. We have a net for badminton or volley ball. Bring your own ball and birdie, rackets are available.

The town of Idyllwild is an easy 15 min drive from the cabin and has many eating and drinking establishments along with a movie theater, shops, grocery stores and galleries.

There are 2 cabins which sleep a total of 25 persons. Sleeping arrangements are dormitory style. Bring a sleeping bag or sheets and blankets and a pillow. We have extra up there if needed. We have a well stocked kitchen. Bring your own food to prepare. Other things you want to bring include a flashlight and a camera for photos and/or videos.

The cabin is about a 2 hour drive from the Pasadena area.
More info available upon request.
Guests must be acompanied by a member.
RSVP IS REQUIRED


Please RSVP by clicking HERE.

If you would like to visit our cabin or have any questions please CLICK HERE and complete the Cabin RSVP and contact form.

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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