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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education

Mission: To teach children and adults to respect the animals we share this planet with. The provide opportunities for everyone who comes to learn about and appreciate nature and the environment.

Results: We fund raise to make sure everyone who wants to come here can regardless of their ability to pay.

Target demographics: young children learn about nature and animals.

Programs: Summer camp for children,animal shows,farm tours,workshops and pony parties

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many thanks Valerie. Our kids from CADES loved your presentation, your animals and you! it was a great event.
Sincerely,
The staff of Room 116

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had an amazing experience with our one and a half year old daughter. It was both fun and informative. To our surprise she even loved riding one of the ponies, Nibble. Thank you for all that you do! What a gem!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ms. Valerie Gardner is a very kind and generous person. My daughter has been invited as a guest to her nature center summer camp many times. She is actually signed up for a week this July. Ms. Valeriehas also given my daughter2 baby guinea pigs and many accessories for it. She always calls to check how their doing even offered her help as needed. She really cares and her nature center is a wonderful place that shows the kids how to take care of many animals. I would recommend it to anyone. We feel very fortunate to have met her.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rattlebox Nature Center is a wonderful place for the rescued animals as well as the children who are fortunate enough to attend summer camp; have a party hosted by the proprietor; attend an educational session; have a scouting program onsite or any of the other ways in which one may take advantage of the Center - all of which my family or friends have for over 10 years. We love it here & keep coming back!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love sending our daughter here. Valerie is wonderful and the horses are so gentle. I'd highly recommend rattlebox nature center.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Valerie is the heart and soul of this special place. She knows just what is needed for both the children and the animals.
The Nature Center is an inviting place for children of all ages to come an explore nature. This nature center allows children to interact with various animals and also learn in the process. All members of the center are warmhearted and give children exactly what they need ongoing. I have known of this center for years and try to bring my own grandchildren there whenever possible.
I support the concept for allowing young people opportunities to try new things and also take some guided risks in discovering the world of nature. II would recommend this nature center to family and friends and I am so pleased that we have a place like this for kids to come to learn responsibility and the love of animals large and small. Bonue is the love shown each and everyone who touches their feet at the Center. Thank you for your dedication and love!
Bonnie B. Steele

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Valerie has a great gift for helping both animals and children in need. For the animals, the need is daily care for the resident animals and homes for the rescued.. For some children, the need can be simple: exposure to animals and the natural world. For others with disabilities or disadvantages, it can be even more crucial. Valerie has been working with disadvantaged children for twenty years. The other day, she told me, she ran into one of those children, grown up, happy and healthy. He told her what it had meant to him as a child to come to Rattlebox. What better testimonial can there be?

Diane120

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rattlebox has been a great experience for my 10 year old daughter. This has been her second year attending camp. The first year she enjoyed meeting and taking care of all the animals. I like that Ms Valerie, the owner, teaches the children responsibility that goes along with having animals by letting them help with all the the chores, even cleaning out the stalls for the horses. They children are taught to respect the animals and treat them with love. This year my daughter asked to go back to camp. Because she is ten she was asked to be a CIT, counselor in training. She was able to enjoy the camp while teaching other children what she has learned from Rattlebox. I highly recommend Camp Rattlebox!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My four year old daughter attended summer camp at Rattlebox and had an absolutely amazing time. Not only did she enjoy riding the ponies, she enjoyed taking care of them and cleaning up after them. What am invaluable experience for a child. Thank you!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My girls Milena and Eliya absolutely loved animal camp! They love to be around animals and taking care of them. Would recommend it to any parent.