San Diego Animal Sanctuary & Farm: Where Animals Teach

San Diego Animal Sanctuary Farm Logo

At San Diego Animal Sanctuary & Farm where animals teach and people learn, a special “retreat” in the world of nature.

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.

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.

The Farm

The San Diego Animal Sanctuary & Farm 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!

San Diego Animal Sanctuary and Farm 4


The Farm specifically designs experiences to help children develop a sense of wonder for nature and its inhabitants.
  • The Children’s Nature Retreat welcomes visitors of all ages, allowing everyone to enjoy and explore the beautiful and tranquil surroundings at their leisure.
  • Over 200 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world find a safe haven in this magical and serene 20-acre ranch-style retreat.
  • Specifically designed to inspire children, the retreat actively cultivates a sense of wonder for nature and its inhabitants through unstructured exploration and learning.
  • Fun and educational ‘interactive encounters’ are available for everyone to learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem.
author avatar
Esteban Villanueva