Benefits and Responsibilities of Becoming a Nature Friends Club Member
Membership in the Oakland Nature Friends Club brings with it many benefits and personal rewards. In addition to developing lifelong friendships, sharing a deep appreciation for our environment with other members, and being part of a worldwide organization dedicated to the preservation of nature, members:
Are part of an organization rich in family values;
Promote the preservation of our natural resources, including mountains, rivers, forests and open space;
Work together to maintain our facility’s buildings and grounds on workdays and festivals using the tenets of good stewardship and environmental sustainability;
Enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of our members.
Oakland Nature Friends Club
On the first Saturday morning of each month we have workdays where members work together on projects to maintain our property. Members can be found painting, gardening, cleaning, building, and performing an array of other tasks and chores that are crucial in maintaining our facilities. At each workday we provide a hearty lunch, which is shared with all volunteers who worked that morning.
Our Festivals are run exclusively by our member volunteers, each helping for an hour or more to provide a convivial, fun, and memorable experience for our festival guests.
Members receive a discount while staying overnight at the bunkhouse, as well as a discount for private use of the club grounds for events such as weddings and other special occasions.
They also enjoy participating in group hikes, bicycle excursions, dancing to and singing folk songs, snow skiing, and other outdoor and cultural activities.
In addition to our Festivals, we have an annual picnic for members and their families.
Heidelmann Lodge, our ski lodge in Norden, California, just a short walk to Sugar Bowel ski resort, is available for the use of the Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Nature Friends members throughout the year.
The Nature Friends International Organization has over 3,000 Nature Friend houses world wide, which are open to the over 600,000 worldwide members. For more information, go to Nature Friends International.