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Rattlebox Nature Center Ltd

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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

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70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

"My granddaughter loves it at Rattlebox. She looks forward to her riding lesson each week. Ms Valerie...."

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place of learning! Valerie truly has the magic touch with both children and animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son absolutely loves coming here. He talks about it all the time. He first went for summer camp when he was 8, then for his 9th birthday we took the family there. It is pretty much his favorite thing, other than baseball. And I love seeing my sometimes sassy son turn into the sweetest, kindest child around the animals.

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.

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.

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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

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!!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful place for learning little minds. My children love coming to Rattlebox Nature Center!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently had a Pony Party at Rattlebox for our daughter's Birthday. It was the most wonderful party and lots of great memories were made. All of the guests were knocked out with how unique and fun the day was. So great to have the kids outside and enjoying an active, educational, and most importantly FUN day! Thanks Valerie!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful nonprofit. Loved seeing the joy that these animal brought to the kinds.

Client Served

Rating: 2

Worked better with my older children as opposed to my younger.

Sylwia S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place! My nieces love coming here! I highly recommend it, especially if you are looking for a summer camp!

Helena3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love coming to RattleBox Nature Center. My 7yo daughter loves spending time at the barn and adores the ponies. Valerie is very knowledgeable and passionate! She really gets the kids engaged! Highly recommend!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rattle box is a highlight in our lives! My 7 year old daughters love caring for and riding the ponies and visiting with and learning about all the other animals. Valerie has made my girls' dream of "having a horse" come true. They're learning so much. Valerie and Rattlebox are treasures!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My girls had a great experience at Rattlebox Nature Center this summer. They loved the animals and loved that they had a responsibility in the care of the animals. Valerie does a great job of teaching them how to be safe and kind to the animals. We will definitely be back.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rattlebox Nature Center is a true gem. Valerie (the owner) is the kind of person you just plain want to have in your kids' lives. She runs an amazing animal rescue and nature center that not only serves its furry, feathered and scaled friends well, but engages the children who visit deeply in animal care, activism, life-skills learning, and FUN! My children love to spend time with Valerie and I love to watch as her work with them imparts a sense of justice, kindness and responsibility in each of them. It is inspiring to watch her interact with her visitors and campers and to know that there are still people out there who try every day, with all of their heart, to make the world a better place!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Valerie is one of the most influential people in my children's lives. Each week my 2 and 4 year old sons come, not just to ride, but to learn in detail about all the work that goes into caring for animals, to learn how to deal with responsibility--really to learn about life. Rattlebox Nature Center is a gem, hidden the rough! We are so thankful to have Valerie in our lives, and for our children to be exposed to the wonderful values she promotes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't thank them enough for providing a truly caring and cooperative environment for my child.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cannot say enough about how special Miss Valerie and Rattlebox have been to our daughter. Camp and lessons are always a treat. Best part -- Miss Valerie truly teaches the children to have compassion toward all the animals and critters, and she shows the children how special it is to care for them. The children are not at Rattlebox to simply observe or just play with the animals. Whether it be the ponies, bunnies, turtles, birds, hamsters, etc. -- the children are shown to look after and take care of all the animals and critters as part of the Rattlebox experience. Awesome.