Field Trips

Enjoy an exciting and interactive experience with the many animal species represented at our peaceful, serene and engaging sanctuary. We have more than 130 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world with 22 species and 58 different breeds represented. The Retreat provides a unique hands-on outdoor classroom experience connecting children to the natural world. A day to give your students the opportunity to thrive and learn in fresh air and sunshine. All options include sprouted barley grown in our hydroponic system for animal feeding. A great way to reinforce a variety of STEM curriculum standards.

Field Trip Options

Self-discovery Animal Expedition

  •  Admission to the Retreat for 2 hours, Monday through Friday
  • Free animal feeding

$10/child and $15/chaperone

Comprehensive Animal Expedition

• Discovery and animal encounter—90 minutes
• Up close and personal experience (Judy’s little zoo or barnyard)—30 minutes
• Free animal feeding
• Bring your sack lunch and enjoy a picnic under our wonderful oak tree

$25/child and $15/chaperone

In-depth Animal Expedition

• Discovery and animal encounter—90 minutes
• Black Board challenge—60 minutes
• 30-minute lunch break under our wonderful oak tree
• Up close and personal experience (Judy’s little zoo and barnyard)—60 minutes
• Creative animal clay project—30 minutes
• Free animal feeding

$55/child and $15/chaperone

Please note:
• Expeditions are available for grades Pre-K–12
• One chaperone per group of 5 students is required
• Free parking provided

Minimum of 15 children required for feld trips.
Rescheduling must be done at least 48 hours prior to original date of the feld trip.
Deposit (non-refundable): $100

Field Trips

Add your name to our growing list of happy field trip participants!

  • The O’Farrell Charter School 400, elementary and middle school students
  • McGill School of Success, 41 students
  • Blessed Sacrament Parish School, 20 students
  • Thrive Public Schools, 51 student
  • Kylie Rowand Foundation, 40 kids
  • YMCA, Teens in Motion, 9 children
  • Linbergh Schweitzer Elementary School, 85 students
  • Thrive Public Schools, 50 students
  • Lafayette Elementary School, 22 students
  • King Chavez Elementary, 46 students

  • Elementary Institute of Science, 80 students

  • Campo Indian Education Childcare Center, 40 students
  • Viejas Indian School, 18 students
  • Monica Sunday School program, 7 students

The Children’s Nature Retreat Foundation sponsors field trips
for Title 1 schools and organizations caring for children in need
For more information contact

Hours of Operation

We limit the Retreat to a daily capacity of 100 to ensure the best possible experience for guests.
Call: (619)320-4942 or email at to book your visit.

  • Hours of Operation: 10am – 5pm

  • Closed Mondays though Wednesday

  • Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

  • We are open for field trips during those days.

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