The Grateful Dads fathers group has been growing steadily since it was established in 1998 by Jonathan Marks, realtor with At Home In Marin/Alain Pinel Realtors and founder of Grateful Graphics. The Grateful Dads was started in Marin County, California shortly after the birth of his first daughter. He saw it as a way to incorporate his love of the outdoors, desire to exercise and also give him the chance to bond with his newborn baby outside of the conventional home environment.
Jonathan spent much of his pre-family life enjoying outdoor activities of all types from rock-climbing in Yosemite to hiking in the Alps and trekking in the Himalayas. He decided that taking four month old Maddie out with other dads and their children for a hike on the Marin trails would be a refreshing way to bond with his daughter while getting a good workout at the same time.
From this seed of an idea the group has grown to include well over 300 fathers in the San Francisco Bay Area alone and has caught the eye of regional and national press. It is anticipated that the Grateful Dads will expand their activity schedule to include biking, camping, rock climbing, kayaking, and other such enjoyable outdoor pursuits with regional Grateful Dads Chapters forming all over the country.
Currently there are a growing number of established Grateful Dads Chapters around the country, all of which may be accessed through the Chapters link on the website. Additionally, the Grateful Dads is interested and happy to assist you in establishing a Chapter in your area. See our Contact page for more information.