Doing the Nature Notes column and the corresponding one each week in print, I've found that good resources for outdoor adventures -- at least those geared towards beginners -- are hard to come by. Often people want to hike, mounain bike, kayak, camp or fish; they just don't know where to start or who to go with.

That's why I started Venture Club on Facebook. This will be a group dedicated to easy ins to the natural world. I plan to lead some hiking trips at first and then get into some more adventurous stuff. I'll also be posting links for good nature sites and getting feeds from active groups around Central Ohio.

You and your friends are invited to join. All you need is a love of the outdoors and a friendly demeanor. The group won't require a lot of cash, free time or fancy equipment. Members will be helping each other along.