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Tired of the City Life? These 8 Nature Clubs Will Help You Reconnect With Your Greener Side

Remember the nature clubs from your schooldays, whose members spent their day plodding at plants? Turns out, these collectives aren’t just limited to students. Nature clubs for all ages, shapes and sizes are coming up, bringing like-mined people together to do their bit for the environment. Here are eight clubs from around the country whose activities are a nature lover’s delight.

1. Nature Club Surat

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Since 1985, Nature Club Surat has brought city residents together to participate in conservation efforts as well as nature holidays and adventure activities. Campaigns to save open spaces and Ganpati Utsav go hand in hand with Himalayan treks and birding sojourns. Founded by friends in 1984, the members today include students and professionals of all ages.

The members meet on Saturday evenings, and also hold first-aid training, teaching sessions, volunteer training, slide shows, talks and screenings. “We also have a helpline number that people can use to report injured birds, wild animals and snakes. One of our volunteers reaches the spot as soon as possible,” says Tejas Patel who handles the club projects.

Head to Nature Club Surat’s website or join their public group.

2. Nature Mates-Nature Club, Kolkata

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This Kolkata club is a collective of nature lovers, all from different walks of life, who connect over a shared passion for conservation efforts. The club currently has over 50 members and is always happy to welcome individuals committed towards preserving the environment.


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The Nature Mates undertake a variety of activities, including extensive surveys, compile biodiversity status reports and conduct animal rescues. They also install butterfly gardens and laboratories around the city, including Banabitan—the city’s oldest butterfly garden—and more recently, one in the Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission School campus.

For more information, head to the website or contact the team here.

3. Fun with Nature, Chandigarh

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Enveloped in greenery and heritage architecture, Chandigarh is one of the loveliest cities in India. Fun With Nature, a mom-and-child nature’s club offers the local residents a chance at re-engaging with their verdant surroundings. From bird watching to village visits, this nature club covers a plethora of activities that bring children—and their mothers—closer to nature.

Founder Diksha Suri is a well-known organic farming enthusiast who was inspired by her visit to Auroville years ago to start a nature club and farm-to-table practices in her own city.

For more about the club, head to its Facebook page.

4. Vidyanagar Nature Club, Vallabh Vidyanagar

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Commonly known as Voluntary Nature Conservancy, this club started its journey in 1988 in the Anand district of Gujarat. Emphasising on community involvement, the club undertakes research, sustainable education programmes, nature-based hobbies, eco-friendly drives, tree plantation and other activities that contribute to the upkeep of nature.

In addition to a variety of activities, the club also creates opportunities for volunteer travellers to work and learn in an immersive cultural experience. Travellers can sign up for initiatives like crocodile counting, greenathons, tree mapping and bird counting. You can even lead your own conservation efforts remotely and join them as virtual volunteers.

Join VNC’s public group here or head to their website.

5. Honey BEES Nature Club, Bengaluru

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In Bengaluru, Honey BEES Nature Club caters to families as well as educational institutes and communities. Despite the onslaught of urbanisation, Bengaluru remains a city filled with gardens and trees, and many an unexplored locale.


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This club takes full advantage of the city’s locations, organising story walks, trips to unexplored spots in and around the city, mini camping experience for families, nature walks, organic gardening workshops and even all-natural birthday parties.

Check out more about the club on Facebook.

6. Prakruti Nature Club, Kodinar

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This two-decade-old nature club in Gujarat has set new standards in community-led conservation efforts. From conserving whale sharks and migratory birds to nature education in schools and rescue operations, this award-winning organisation emphasises on the protection of coastal biodiversity.

Prakruti was founded by Dinesh Goswami, a labourer-turned-environmental activist, who set out to protect the local species of his surroundings. Spending his own time, energy and even part of his meagre salary, he is known for his daring shark rescues.

To know more about Prakruti and become a member, click here.

7. Nature Club Valsad

A comparatively new kid on the block, this club in Gujarat was formed in 2009. Part of a local environment trust, they offer a variety of individual, family and even institutional memberships.

The members of the club have been involved in a variety of projects, including the conservation of vultures and house sparrows, surveys, and fun trips like brunch with birds, breakfast with butterflies, and photo tours during the winter months.

Check out the club’s details on its website.

8. Madras Naturalists’ Society, Chennai

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In 1978, 16 nature enthusiasts in the Tamil Nadu capital started a nature club and named it Madras Naturalists’ Society (MNS). Today, Madras has become Chennai, but MNS remains a much-loved nature’s club, bringing together members to participate in varied community programmes.

Invested in highlighting the region’s rare flora and fauna, MNA members have been responsible for many first and rare sightings of species. They also organise nature walks, lectures and seminars, and also publish books and journals on the subject.

Connect with MNS via their Facebook page.

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