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.
Here at the Children’s Nature Retreat we want to provide children and their families access to animals, nature and the environment. In our increasingly digital dependent and urbanized world our children are losing touch with nature. With this in mind, we believe the Children’s Nature Retreat offers guests a deep sense of connection to the earth.
At the heart of the Retreat are our animals. With more than 130 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world, you will discover 17 species and 45 different breeds. Many of our animals have been acquired from owners who can no longer keep or care for them, while some have been rescued from extremely harsh living conditions. These magnificent creatures will now live out the rest of their lives at the Retreat to be very well taken care of and loved.
We are equally as passionate about bringing children and animals together. We worked to create a space where we can experience and learn the ways of animals and how they interact with different species. Children and all guests have an opportunity to feed, touch and visit with our animals up-close as they roam in their habitat.
For more information or to make an appointment contact us at: (619)320-4942 or email@example.com! Please call us prior to arrival as we limit the retreat to a daily capacity of 100 guests to ensure the best possible experience during your visit.
Single Day Pass
The single day pass allows you to enjoy the Children’s Nature Retreat at your leisure. Explore the beautiful grounds, discover our animals in their habitats, bring a picnic lunch to eat at our picnic area, or enjoy the afternoon breeze under the might oak trees. Feel free to ask our keepers if you have any questions about our animals or their surroundings.
Child (under 12): $15
Senior (55+): $20
Under 2 years: Free admission
Group Rate (group of 5 min.): 10% discount
Military and veteran families: 10% discount
Single Day Pass includes:
Join today and enjoy FREE unlimited admission for a year to the Children’s Nature Retreat!
Included with your membership:
Membership card with lanyard
10% discount on all boutique purchases
Adult Membership: $120
Child Membership: $80
Up-close and Personal (add-on per enclosure): $35 per person
Be a keeper for the day: $495
Behind The Scene with Agnes Barrelet: $995
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
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!
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