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The Children’s Nature Retreat is an amazing animal sanctuary located out in Alpine. This ranch-style retreat has over 20 acres of land and is home to over 190 animals, both domesticated livestock and exotic animals from all over the world.
Each animal comes with its own story and all are either rescues or born on the property.
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 encounters’ are available for everyone to learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem.
At the Nature Retreat Center you get up close and personal experiences with most of the animals. Befriend all different types of creatures such as tortoises, turkeys, pigs, llamas, alpacas, zebras, camels, bison and so much more! They even have a mini farm section with all miniature animals such as goats and ponies!
They strongly believe in the ethical treatment of all animals and it shows with how kind the creatures are. All of the animals have large, sprawling spaces to live in and all get fed organic food!
Currently, they have more than:
190+ domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world
23 different species
67 distinct breeds
Many of their animals have been acquired from owners who could no longer keep or care for them, while some have been rescued from harsh living conditions. These animals will now live out the rest of their lives in the serenity of the Retreat.
They are very passionate about bringing children and animals together, to allow for unfiltered happiness and joy for animals and children. To create a fun and teachable experience for the children there are six separate areas where our animals reside, each reflecting a different world in the animal kingdom.
Beyond being an animal sanctuary, the Children’s Nature Retreat also has a beautiful wellness center! Owner, Agnes, desired her business to touch on all forms of healing. She offers retreats for groups which include the following examples of services for the day:
Nia Class – A mix of Dance Arts, Martial Arts and Healing Arts
Pool – Nestled amongst the granite boulders overlooking our Camel oasis
Spa – A seven-person therapeutic hot tub
Full Spectrum Sauna – The premier full spectrum sauna from Sunlighten
Cranio Sacral Massage – Profound and soulful healing
Rejuvenating Facial – Featuring DoTerra products
All day access to the animal park
Lunch: Pool side if weather permit. Healthy lunch featuring organic ingredients.
We then made our way to the exotic animal area!
The wellness center:
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