The Retreat

The Children’s Nature Retreat is located on 20 acres of stunning terrain approximately 40 minutes outside San Diego.


We strongly believe in the ethical treatment of animals and we are extremely passionate about the well-being of our furry friends!


The retreat is specifically designed to help children develop a sense of wonder for nature and its inhabitants.

Wellness Center

Our luxury, private oasis overlooking the Retreat offers deluxe packages that will suit your next seminar or exclusive event.

“I just wanted to thank you for the great time that Laina had meeting you and visiting your nature retreat last Friday.  I think it really was the first time that Laina smiled and even giggled at a zoo or wild animal park.  We have visited many parks and most of the time the animals are so hidden or there are usually children standing in front of her wheelchair to even see anything.  She actually got to see the animals this time and smiled when they started to walk up to the fence!

Thank you so much for that experience!  It made me so happy to see her smile.   I am sure her caregiver and/or I will make sure Laina comes to visit once a month.”

-Sandy R.









Our Vision

In our increasingly digital-dependent and urbanized world, we are loosing touch with nature.

With this in mind, we believe the Children’s Nature Retreat offers a rich connection to the earth, its plants and animals.

We allow guests to step away from their fast pace life, reduce stress levels and find their balance in nature.

Our Blog

At the Retreat

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At the Christmas Tree Lighting event, this Sunday afternoon, meet Squishy and a few of his reptile friends. Sue Miller from Kruisin Kritters will do a 30-minute presentation on her reptiles, tarantula and a few bugs. Make your reservation now at 619-320-4942 or reservations@childrensnatureretreat.org. #christmastreelighting #holidays #eastcountysandiego #holidayevent #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary ...

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The Retreat will be featured tonight at 5.40pm on KUSI! #kusi #christmastreelighting #holidays #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary ...

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We are ready for the Hay Rides! Sunday December 15! We are opened from 10am until 5pm. We will serve cookies and hot beverages from 2pm until 5pm. Make a reservation today! We limit space at 100 guests! #christmastreelighting #festivities #holidays #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary #hotcocoa #christmascookies #hotapplecider ...

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Almost ready for Hay Rides! Make a reservation today for Sunday’s Holiday Festivities at the Retreat! #holidaycelebration #christmastreelighting #hayride #handmadeornaments #solarlights #holidaydecorations #childrensnatureretreat #animalsanctuary ...

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Support our Animals

Give $50, and you will feed a horse or a zebra for a week.
Give $217.50, and you will feed a camel for a month.
Give $21, and you will feed an alpaca for a week.
Give $84, and you will feed a goat for a month.
Give $14, and you will feed a chicken for a month.
When you give $500, you cover the veterinary costs for a week for our animals.
When you give $2000, you cover the veterinary costs for a month for our animals.
Visit our website for more information https://childrensnatureretreat.org . . . . .

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Meet Nutmeg, our sweet alpaca, isn't she lovely? Did you know that alpacas are not only related to llamas but also camels? Did you also know that you can symbolically adopt Nutmeg and make sure she is feed and has a place to live? Yes, starting at $50, you can donate any of our animals and help us make a difference not just for Nutmeg but all the children that come to meet her and learn from her. New parents get a party! Visit our website for more information https://childrensnatureretreat.org
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“My family and I loved it! Our favorite was Burkina. She was so sweet and followed us around from her enclosure. Also, we met the owner Agnes. She was super nice and chatted with us about the animals.”
Cindy U., El Cajon, CA
“The children’s nature retreat-is not just for children. it is a magical place where one is reminded how powerful nature is-the animals and the park like setting restore a sense of awe and wonder to all of its visitors-including the grown ups.”
Eileen L., San Diego, CA
“This was a very fun getaway! Close to home yet far enough you feel out of the city. The grounds are maintained very well and all of the staff are very friendly l. I can’t wait to go back.”
Amber N., Tucson, AZ

Sponsors and Partners

Children’s Nature Retreat Foundation would like to thank our sponsors and partners!

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