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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

112 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This unique nature center allowed me to expose my granddaughter to a world far beyond her suburban princess environment, where she learned to love, appreciate, and respect animals. Children learn important life lessons by using the contact and care they acquire here, and by bringing it back into their own lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Good morning Val and Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!
I have heard nothing but rave reviews from the teachers and students that visited with you last week. Thanks so much for always giving our guys something positive and educational to remember!:)

Lori178

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter attended Rattlebox Nature Center this summer and absolutely loved it. This was the one camp she couldn't stop talking about all summer and she is delighted to be able to attend on an off day from school. Valerie was extremely kind and compassionate about the love and care of her animals and she treated my daughter like her own. I was also impressed with the lovely crafts that were completed. This camp truly exceeded my expectations.

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Valerie and Rattlebox Nature Center are the simply the best. The environment is incredibly kids friendly and fosters individual growth with a hands on experience while being committed to safety. There is a healthy emphasis on learning about nature and our environment and the kids love all the animals. The stories they come home with are worthy of a time capsule.

Sincerely,
Long time client

Kathy267

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place for all those creatures to thrive. Sharing your endeavors with my daughter has been a blessing. Best wishes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Valerie and her staff were wonderful. They taught my 3 year granddaughter how to ride and take care of the horses.Valerie has created a loving and caring environment where all the kids feel part of something and want to take part.

Christine177

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took two of my 8 year old nieces to Rattlebox a few weeks ago because I hadn't seen them in a while and wanted to do something special with them. I decided to take them to Rattlebox Nature Center - what a great time we all had! They were able to hold and pet guinea pigs, turtles, rabbits, birds and dogs. Then we went outside to see and feed the ponies - what treat! The girls were so excited when we were leaving because they received a $5 credit to use in the gift shop . . . lots of choices, and they left with great mementos of the day. They can't wait to go back to ride the ponies, and are even asking that their next birthday be held there. Val, the owner, is such a sweet person who is excellent with kids. All of the animals are rescues, saved from a not-so-good fate (we won't get into that). What great work she is doing, and what a great message to impart to today's youth. Thanks, Val!!

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 5-year-old attended a week of summer camp at Rattlebox and loved it! He had no prior experience around ponies, but discovered that he really likes riding. Valerie made him feel right at home, and he had a great time with the other campers.