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Community Nature Connection, formerly the Mountains Education Program, was established as a non-profit organization in 1989 and was reimagined into Community Nature Connection (CNC) in 2016. We remain committed to providing equitable access to the outdoors for communities throughout Los Angeles County.


Community Nature Connection is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We envision a world where all communities impacted by systems of injustice and oppression have access to public spaces outdoors and are supported by an unwavering commitment to accessibility, community, equity, inclusion, justice, and shared leadership. We collaborate with community based organizations to provide inclusive programs that directly address barriers to access.

We serve youth, families, and school groups through a variety of programs including recreation programs, youth leadership programs, public programs, workforce development programs, and residential camp programs. Many of our program participants have seen the ocean, roasted a marshmallow, camped, stargazed, and explored natural areas for the very first time.

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