The Children’s Nature Retreat


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, with its 20-acres of terrain, is a safe haven to over 95 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.

Single Day Pass

The single day pass allows you to enjoy the Children’s Nature Retreat at your leisure. Come explore the beautiful grounds, discover over 95 animals in their habitat, enjoy lunch at a picnic table under the big oak tree! Feel free to ask our keepers if you have any questions about our animals or their surroundings.

Adult: $25  –  Child: $15  –  Senior (55+): $20

Field Trip

At the Children’s Nature Retreat we strongly believe that time spent in nature, with animals, will offer a lasting and profound impact on a child. Fostering an appreciation for these things at a young age is sure to be a positive outcome throughout a child’s life.

Have your class spend the day with us, exploring the great outdoors and learning all about our many animals! Currently, we have over 95 domesticated livestock with 17 species and 38 different breeds from around the world. The children will enjoy up-close interaction with these beautiful animals while they spend time in and out of enclosures with our experienced animal keepers. They will have over 20 acres of beautiful and serene ranch-land to explore with animals at every stop. Fun and educational presentations will take place throughout the day that focus on animals, nature and sustainable farming!

  • Grades Pre K – 8
  • Available Tuesday through Friday
  • One chaperone per group of 5 students required
  • Chaperone complementary
  • Snacks and water provided (Full day only)


  • Full day: $45 – 9:30am – 1pm (with a 30 minute lunch break, lunch not provided)
  • Half day: $25 – 9am – 11am or 12pm – 2pm

Hands United for Children, our affiliate, non-profit organization

The Children’s Nature Retreat is working directly with local schools and organizations within the San Diego community that serve underprivileged children and children in need, in order to offer these groups free field trips to the retreat. This opportunity is made possible by the generous donations made through Hands United for Children, our 501c3 organization.

Hands United for Children also provides free admission to qualified children and families who are in need due to health trauma, chronic diseases and financial distress.


To send a deserving child or entire school classroom on a one-day field-trip to the Children’s Nature Retreat through our affiliate 501c3 non-profit, Hands United for Children – please click here.

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