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 magical and serene ranch-style retreat in Alpine, with its 20-acres of terrain, is a safe haven to over 80 domesticated livestock from around the world. The retreat is specifically designed to help children develop a sense of wonder for nature and its inhabitants through unstructured exploration and learning. Fun and educational ‘interactive presentations’ are available for everyone to learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem.
At the Children’s Nature Retreat they want to help in social change so that all children have access to animals, nature and the environment. In our increasingly digital dependent and urbanized world, our children are slowly losing touch with nature. With this in mind, the experience at the Children’s Nature Retreat will have a profound and positive impact on children, often reducing stress levels while offering a sense of connection to the earth.
At the heart of the retreat are the beloved animals. With over 80 domesticated livestock from around the world, you will discover 15 species and 34 different breeds. Many of the animals have been acquired from owners who can no longer keep or care for them, while some have been rescued from harsh living conditions. These magnificent creatures will now live out the rest of their lives in the serenity of the retreat to be very well taken care of and loved.
The Retreat is passionate about bringing children and animals together, offering pure unfiltered happiness and joy for both animal and child. To create a fun and teachable environment there are separate areas where the animals reside, reflecting different worlds in the animal kingdom. Children have an opportunity to see these great animals up-close as they roam in their habitat.
The Children’s Nature Retreat and its affiliate Hands United For Children are working with local schools and organizations within the San Diego community that serve underprivileged children, in order to offer these groups free admission to the retreat.