Single visit

The single day pass allows you to enjoy the Children’s Nature Retreat at your leisure. Come explore the beautiful grounds, discover more than 130+ animals in their habitat, enjoy lunch at a picnic table under the big oak tree! Feel free to ask our keepers if you have any questions about our animals or their surroundings.

Adult: $28  I Child: $18 I  Senior (60+): $23
  • Under 2 years: Free admission

  • Military and veteran families: 10% discount

  • Alpine, CA residents: 10% discount
    (Please purchase tickets at the retreat.)

Single Day Pass includes:

  • Animal feeding – We provide the food. Please no outside food for the animals.

  • Animal interaction from outside of the enclosures

  • Free Parking
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We limit the number of guests to 100 people per day for the best visitor experience.
Book your visit by calling 619-320-4942 or by email at

Annual Memberships

As a valued member you will enjoy a full year of fun and adventure, while being proud that you are supporting a cornerstone in the community. Your membership dollars support the rescue and adopted animals in our care, provide green spaces and play places, and encourage environmental preservation, conservation, and a connection with nature.

Adult Membership: $130   I  Child Membership: $85

For one low membership price, you will enjoy:

  • Free unlimited admission to the retreat

  • 10% off all gift shop purchases

  • 10% off enhanced tours

  • 10% on birthday parties

  • Plus, you will continue to enjoy the free parking, and the free animal feeding and interactions

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Up-close and Personal

Enhance your visit!

You will enjoy up-close and personal interaction with these beautiful creatures and learn all about them from our experienced animal keepers. Pick your favorite animal enclosure from Barnyard Alley, Tortoise Landing, Mini Farm or Big Farm and experience a unique and positive connection with our animals from inside the enclosure. Admission price not included in the up-close and personal experience price. 

  • Add-on per enclosure: $35 per person

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New! Guided Tour:

See the Retreat in a whole new light with a 90-minute guided tour.

Your keeper will accompany you to each of the enclosures and introduce you to our animals where you’ll learn about diets, the different species, individual animal stories and more! Admission price not included in the guided tour price.

  • Guided tour: $175 for up to 5 people

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Be a Keeper for the Day

Shadow one of our experienced animal keepers
from 8:30am to 5pm.
You will have the opportunity to help your keeper with his/her daily duties
while interacting at length with all of our animals.
Your first experience will start
by helping some of our animals getting out of the barn
and into their respective enclosure,
then your day will end by bringing the animals back inside for the night.

  • Be a keeper for the day: $195 per person

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Behind The Scene Tour

Go behind the scene with our Founder and Executive Director, Agnès Barrelet. There is no better way to experience the Retreat and the special relationship Agnès has with these animals, it’s incredible! This exciting and exclusive three-hour private tour is limited to two guests to ensure an intimate experience and a positive connection with our animals. You will have access to each enclosure, will enjoy up-close interaction with these beautiful creatures, and learn all about them. There will be 15-minute breaks as needed during your tour.

  • Behind the scene tour: $495

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Field Trips

Inspire, excite, and engage your students with a field trip to the Retreat. We are are excited to introduce our new field trip program with 3 options. At our sanctuary, children will experience up-close and personal encounters with camels, zebras, and horses – just to name a few of our animal menagerie. Students will get the opportunity to feed and pet the animals.

Minimum 15 students required for the field trip programs. Once the 5 to 1 students/chaperone ratio is met: $15 each additional chaperone.

Field Trip Options

Option 1: $10/child and $15/chaperone

  • Admission to the Retreat for 2 hours
  • Grades Pre-K – 12
  • Available Monday through Friday
  • One chaperone per group of 5 students required
  • Free Parking

Option 2: $25/child and free for chaperones

  • Admission to the Retreat for 2 hours
  • 2-hour guided tour with experienced animal keepers
  • Up-close and personal animal encounters in the Barnyard Alley.
  • Grades Pre-K – 12
  • Available Monday through Friday
  • One chaperone per group of 5 students required
  • Free Parking

Option 3: $45/child and free for chaperones

  • Admission to the Retreat for 4 hours
  • 2-hour guided tour with experienced animal keepers
  • 45-minute art class with take-home 8×10 canvas
  • Up-close and personal animal encounters in the Barnyard Alley.
  • Free snacks and bottled water
  • 30-minute lunch (bring sack lunch)
  • Grades Pre-K – 12
  • Available Monday through Friday
  • One chaperone per group of 5 students required
  • Free Parking
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

Birthday Parties

If your child loves animals, The Children’s Nature Retreat is the perfect place to celebrate his/her birthday!
Your child and guests will spend the day exploring the great outdoors, feeding and learning all about our many animals! Explore over 20 acres of beautiful and serene ranch-land with animals at every stop.

Reserve your special day by calling us at (619) 320-4942 or emailing us at

$360/$324 Retreat Member

(For up to 12 people – add $25 for each additional guest)

  • Reserved party area for 2 hours at our picnic area at 10AM, 12.30PM, 3PM*

    *not available during winter hours

  • All day Retreat admission
  • 1 hour guided tour with a dedicated animal keeper
  • Snacks and drinks (call for choices)
  • Biodegradable utensils (napkins, plates, cups and spoons)
  • Please provide the birthday cake and we will be happy to store it and serve it for you under our big and beautiful oak tree in our picnic area!

  • Animal feeding

  • Children under 2 free

  • Free parking

Party Extras (booked and paid in advance):

Up close and personal 30-minute tour inside any one of the following enclosures for up to 12 people for $300:
Barnyard Alley | Mini Farm | Big Farm | Tortoise Landing
Art & Craft – Paint your favorite animal on a canvas to take home for up to 12 people for $120.
Retreat themed goody bags $7/bag

birthday party
Birthday parties

The small but important print:

The small but important print:

• $125 non-refundable deposit will hold your party time and date. The deposit will be applied to your final party payment.
If cancelling or changing the party date, the deposit can be reapplied for up to one year from the original reservation period

• Three time slots available for parties are:
10AM | 12.30PM | 3PM (not available during winter hours)

• Party includes up to 12 guests. A $25 fee will apply for each additional guest.

• ALL attendees age 2+ (children/adults, members/non-members) are counted to party guest total.

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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 ( Except Holidays )

  • Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

  • We are open for field trips during those days.

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