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About us

Adventure Club SLO is an innovative, dynamic and outdoor centered service that has helped many people transform their lives on California's central coast. We offer a nature and creativity focused experience for people with special needs, such as autism, head injuries and other challenges. We help people have a great time every day!



Guides lead nature-focused adventures all over SLO county. Nature experiences are a great path towards exploring self awareness and social connection. Collaboration is always encouraged and flexible thinking is emphasized.



Besides the strong emphasis on Nature and adventure, Adventure Club SLO works with participants on numerous creative projects, such as movie making, music and art. Our film making has produced ten features and numerous shorts over the last six years.



We bring together diverse individuals in carefully matched small groups to help foster friendships, connect with the community and the natural world. Together we work on clearly defined goals while exploring, collaborating and having fun! 


Meet our Team

Meet the team of Guides that help make Adventure Club SLO friendly, creative, and fun!


JOhn gange

Director / Founder 

With a deep love for Nature, John Gange has been guiding extraordinary individuals in SLO county for 25 years. He is an autism specialist, film maker, and Aikido black belt. He is also a musician and surfs almost every day.

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Elise is our newest Guide. She is into rock climbing, surfing, camping and backpacking. She is also a naturalist and a musician. We are glad to have her on our team!

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Colin moynier

Colin has been guiding with Adventure Club since 2013. He enjoys being able to learn about and share the area's natural heritage with others. In his free time he likes to take long hikes and shoot hoops.


hayley c. Shaffer

Hayley has been Guiding with us since 2016.  She is an awesome surfer, outdoor adventurer, and beekeeper. She is full of good energy every day and knows how to have fun and enjoy life.



Come join us!

Contact us if you're interested in joining Adventure Club or have any questions


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Meet up Locations

San Luis Obispo Location:

SLO Public Library,
995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Atascadero Location:

Sunken Gardens,
6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero CA 93422