We are Friends of Nature
We are hikers, mountaineers, and passionate advocates for the natural environment.
Who are the Nature Friends?
The Nature Friends are a community of over half a million hikers, mountaineers, climbers, skiers, snowboarders, cyclists, surfers, backpackers, and conservationists in over fifty member organizations world-wide.
Founded in Vienna, Austria, for over 128 years the Nature Friends have shared the goals of promoting nature appreciation, outdoor activities, conservation, sustainability, and international friendship and understanding.
The Tourist Club
The Tourist Club is the San Francisco branch of the Nature Friends. Our lodge is in Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.
Interested in becoming a Nature Friend?
Becoming a member takes time and effort, and we expect an ongoing commitment to the club and your fellow members after you join.
The journey to membership starts by joining us at a monthly workday where we can get to know each other and you can learn more about membership in our community.
Camaraderie & Gemütlichkeit*
*A state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer.
We value outdoor activities, working together, and good times with our fellow members.
Nature Friends at our ski lodge near Donner Summit during the 1940s.