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Children's Nature Retreat

The Children's Nature Retreat

A place where animals teach and people learn, a special "time-out" in the world of nature.

Have you fed a zebra, touched a watusi or camel? Come visit and you will get the chance to feed a zebra and every other animal that calls the Retreat home. The Children’s Nature Retreat welcomes visitors of all ages, allowing everyone to enjoy and explore the beautiful and tranquil surroundings at their leisure. This ranch-style animal sanctuary is located on 20 acres, just 45 minutes from downtown San Diego. We are home to more than 130 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. The retreat is specifically designed to help guests develop a sense of wonder for nature and its inhabitants. Interactive animal encounters are available for everyone to learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, and the ecosystem.

Neighborhood: East County

5178 Japatul Spur
Alpine, CA 91901

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Contact Info

(619) 320-4942
info@childrensnatureretreat.com

Hours

The Children’s Nature Retreat is open seven days a week. Please call us in advance as we limit the retreat to a daily capacity of 100 guests to ensure the best possible experience during your visit.

March - October: 10am - 6pm
November - February: 10am - 5pm

Parking available free of charge

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Free Bucket of Animal Feed with Admission Ticket

Children's Nature Retreat
Valid: Jul 31, 2018 - ongoing

When you purchase an admission ticket you will receive one bucket of sprouted barley to feed the animals.  We grow the sprouted barley hydroponically at the Retreat. The animals love it!

Event

The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival

Children's Nature Retreat
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2018

Come join the Celebration! The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival begins Sunday, October 1 and runs through the 31st, everyday!  Check out our amazing 6 foot hay maze - an adventure for both kids...

Things To Know:

  • The Children's Nature Retreat is located in Alpine, California
  • It's easy to get to us - just 40 miles east of San Diego on Hwy 8
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and layer clothing for weather changes
  • We have light snacks & water for purchase in our snack shop
  • Free parking is available on-site

Some of the animals you will meet!

  • Dromedary Camels
  • Zebras, Watusi Cattle, Nubian Dwarf Goats, Zebu
  • Alpaca, Friesian Horses, Alpine Goats, Mules
  • Miniature Scottish Galloway Cows, Miniature Donkeys, Miniature horses
  • Sulcata African Tortoise, Miniature pot-belly pigs

More Information

  • Outdoor
  • Kid Friendly
  • Tours
  • General Admission - Adult
  • General Admission - Child

Things To Know:

  • The Children's Nature Retreat is located in Alpine, California
  • It's easy to get to us - just 40 miles east of San Diego on Hwy 8
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and layer clothing for weather changes
  • We have light snacks & water for purchase in our snack shop
  • Free parking is available on-site
  • Bring a smile and join us at our serene and joy-filled retreat!

Some of the animals you will meet!

  • Dromedary Camels
  • Zebras, Watusi Cattle, Nubian Dwarf Goats, Zebu
  • Alpaca, Friesian Horses, Alpine Goats, Mules
  • Miniature Scottish Galloway Cows, Miniature Donkeys, Miniature horses
  • Sulcata African Tortoise, Miniature pot-belly pigs
  • and more!

More Information

  • Outdoor
  • Kid Friendly
  • Tours
  • General Admission - Adult
  • General Admission - Child
  • General Admission - Senior
  • Self-guided
  • Walking

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