Naturalist for You - Joel Robinson

Joe Ladin

Joel Robinson – Naturalist for You

Naturalist for You was created to connect you, the public, to the diverse natural areas in your backyard. As naturalists we possess a broad knowledge and understanding of the natural world. We are trained to observe natural processes and interpret their significance for your benefit. We are passionate about wild places and seek to share that passion with you.

Joel Robinson is the founder, executive director, and head naturalist for Naturalist For You. He has guided thousands of curious individuals on professional wilderness tours since 2001. Many organizations and agencies have utilized his talents, including the US Forest Service, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, The Wildlands Conservancy, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Los Padres Forest Association, Silverado Modjeska Park & Recreation District, Santa Ana Mountains Wild Heritage Project, City of Santa Ana, City of Lake Forest, and Orange County Department of Education. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation. His vision is to connect the majority of the public to our local natural areas, so their preservation is guaranteed for future generations.

Follow a Real Mountain Man Into the Woods! - A note from Joel

Howdy folks,

On behalf of Naturalist For You, Mountain Man Joel and his naturalist posse stand ready to assist you, yer family, and any other fellas on a wild adventure! Grab yer walking stick, coon skin cap, and canteen and explore the legendary Los Padres National Forest. Identify plants, wildlife, and learn how the local tribes survived off this abundant land. If you have a hankering for some wilderness, then hop on the trail with Naturalist For You. Rumor has it that grizzlies still roam these parts.

Maybe you'll git lucky and see one! For details and tour calendar, please visit or call (714) 649-9084. Yeehaw!!!!

Mountain Man Joel

A Hike during the Center of the World Festival with Joel Robinson

Wet 'n' Wild Woodland Waterfall hike, Pine Mountain Club, Difficulty=Moderate

In the shadow of Mount Pinos lies a hidden waterfall where the mysteries of the past converge with the conveniences of the present. Snowmelt and natural spring water culminate at a sparkling cascade where columbine clings to the mossy cliffs.  Navigate a winding trail over loose screens and a burbling stream. Pass through pine forest and willow woodland.

Follow Joel along a path of greenery where butterflies flutter, birds sing, lizards lay, and frogs hop.  Identify native plants and wildlife. Discuss Chumash history and survival skills.  Let the water splash over your head at the base of the falls.


See a slideshow of this hike by clicking here.

Joe Ladin – Storyteller Extraordinaire

Presenting the story of Peter Lebec

Link to Ridge Route Historical Museum





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