Our Mission

The Children’s Nature Retreat Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and their families. The focus at our animal sanctuary in Alpine, California is rooted in nurturing a deep connection with the natural world; while in Burkina Faso, West Africa, we provide support to families and access to education from pre-school age through high school.

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Meet the Children’s Nature Retreat Foundation Team

Board of Directors

Agnès Barrelet
Agnès BarreletExecutive Director
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Eileen Logue
Eileen LogueBoard Treasurer
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Jan Perry
Jan Perry
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Gerald Ramirez
Gerald Ramirez
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Advisory Board

Jamie Nelson
Jamie NelsonAdvisory Board Member
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Martha A. Ostrom, PhD
Martha A. Ostrom, PhDAdvisory Board Member
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The Team

Agnès Barrelet
Agnès BarreletExecutive Director
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AprilOperations Manager
WendyGuests relation
JoeyMaster Grower
KellyAnimal Keeper
TravisAnimal Keeper
EricAnimal keeper
LenoraAnimal keeper
ChandaRanch Hands
ZackRanch Hands
“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


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