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Orange County naturalist wants to reconnect the public with nature

Orange County naturalist wants to reconnect the public with nature

Hidden amid the sprawling concrete of Orange County are pockets of virgin wilderness to which many residents are oblivious.

Few have hiked the trails of the Cleveland National Forest or trekked the peaks of the Santa Ana Mountains, where chaparral and knobcone pine stretch across the hillsides, and mule deer and bobcats roam.

Naturalist Joel Robinson sees it as his duty to reconnect Orange County residents with the natural terrains that have become alienated from the public’s collective psyche.

His nonprofit, Naturalist For You, has been leading people on guided hikes through the natural ecosystems...

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