Vegetable Garden

The garden is home to lettuce, dandelion, mustard greens, kale, zucchinis, etc…. for the tortoises. Part of the year is dedicated to growing 300 to 400 pumpkins for our annual Pumpkin Patch (October 1st through October 31) where families can pick their pumpkins from the vines.


The orchard showcases the different fruit trees that can grow at this altitude and climate. We have citrus, plums, apples, peaches, pears and of course olives.

Under the Trees

Find your happy spot beneath our canopies of trees throughout the Retreat.  Nestle yourself among the mighty oaks with a gentle breeze at your back, washing your worries away.   Or enjoy a nice family picnic under the oaks protection.  The hardest part is figuring out which is the “best” happy spot … yes, you can have more than one!

Hydroponic Fodder System

In our specialized fodder room we sprout 130lbs of barley each day. This system not only adds a nutritious element to the animal diets, it is environmentally friendly as it uses minimal water to produce the sprouts. We produce over 900 pounds of sprouted barley a week using only 175 gallons of water.
We offer buckets of fodder or orchard hay to our guests to feed the animals with.
“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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