Founded in 2011. Start-up in 2014. The journey in between, and beyond.
Father Nature Outdoors was conceived in 2011 at the University of Maryland. After childhoods' in Alaska and years camping on both coasts, the founders of FNO developed an idea for an adaptable, integrated camping solution. The idea went from sketches, to models, to prototypes, to one of the most versatile camping solutions produced today.
The concept of the FNO camping blanket was rooted in a study of backpacking quilt designs. While the roots lie in backpacking, FNO aimed to open up the world of blanket camping to the standard camping market. Father Nature Outdoors strove to break the constraints of traditional sleeping bags and backpacking quilts. For starters they needed a camping blanket that could be used with nearly any standard sleeping pad. Furthermore they wanted a blanket that wouldn’t require purchasing additional “brand-specific” camping pads, sheets, cinch cords, etc. Lastly the design had to work in three seasons.
After two years of prototypes and testing the design had been achieved. Two years of small sales and encouraging feedback drove the team to reach further. Motivated by early success, in August 2012 Father Nature Outdoors was launched on Kickstarter with a $12,000 goal. One month later FNO was launched to the public with $20,700 in funding. The story of FNO continues and if you’re reading, we’re happy that you can be a part of it.
Father Nature Outdoors strives to create products that you will never see another company producing. We will always create products that are unique, but more importantly useful. No one is better prepared than Father Nature. So come join the family here at Father Nature Outdoors. Because Mother Nature can be a pain.
Christopher DeVore- 2012 2nd Place Winner of the Microsoft Young Entrepreneur Award
On Facebook: Father Nature Outdoors
On Twitter: @FNOutdoors
On Instagram: Father Nature Outdoors
Our Blog: Father Nature Outdoors Blog