IYNF is an international organisation bringing together Young Naturefriends and their organisations across Europe. It was established in 1975 and currently has 16 member and 12 partner organisations. With more than 120.000 young members organised in over a thousand local groups, it is one of the major European youth organisations.

IYNF combines three roles and identities:

  1. IYNF is a network of groups and organisations which cooperate together. The core role of IYNF is to facilitate this cooperation by creating links, organising meeting, providing direct support and promoting nature-friendly activities all over Europe.
  2. IYNF is a training and exchange organisation providing capacity building and networking activities as well as value-driven youth exchanges for the benefit of its members. We do so in our core fields of outdoor programming, amateur art and environmental education. Our methods are based on experiential and intercultural education.
  3. IYNF is a value-based organisation representing its members at the European level. By our delegations, publications and promotion activities we carry our values of IYNF to European political stakeholder: respect, equality, solidarity, sustainability and love and care for nature.

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