The Children’s Nature Retreat, a 20-acre wildlife sanctuary in Alpine, is ready for the fall season with its own patch of pumpkins.
From October 1 through Halloween, families can spend the day on the farm interacting with the animals and picking pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. The Retreat has been preparing all summer for its harvest of organic pumpkins. Families can venture out into the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin to take home.
A month-long costume contest will also be held, until October 31, with a chance to win a Day Pass to Retirement for a family of 4. The retreat – and her animals – are thrilled to see all the scary fun costume creativity.
Kids will be able to see and feed on some of the 170 domestic and exotic animals from around the world – 23 different species and 61 distinct breeds. Many retired animals were acquired from owners who could no longer keep or care for them, while some were rescued from harsh living conditions. The retreat is open for tours, Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for self-guided tours, where you can feed the animals through or over the fence.
Admission for one day is $ 38 for adults and $ 20 for children (children under 2 are free); seniors (60+) are $ 28. Alpine residents, military personnel, first responders and veteran families benefit from a 10% discount (purchase of retreat tickets). Parking is free.
To book, visit https://childrensnatureretreat.org/tickets/. The retreat is located at 5178 Japatul Spur in Alpine (91901).