Rattlebox Nature Center consistently provides a healthy learning experience for young children. Valerie Gardner is dedicated and does a wonderful job teaching kids to appreciated nature and animals. They are all so lucky.
Valerie has been amazing in her pursuit of quality education for children. What the children learn when they attend Rattlebox Nature Center is all about caring for animals, being kind and compassionate toward animals and each other. They learn to respect nature and see its beauty. Valerie has the patience of Job and is totally devoted to her campers and her animals. Something we all should be proud of.
Rattlebox Nature Center is just the thing for today's children who are often allowed to be too self-absorbed. It's a perfect location which puts them in touch with the wondrous creation around them and their responsibility to nurture and protect the environment of which they are a part. The benefits which redound to them are not easily quantified, but the enthusiastic response to the multifaceted activities at Rattlebox and the willingness of children and parents to both return and spread the word, speaks to the quality of the teaching there. Mrs Gardner's commitment to providing an excellent experience for all children regardless of their circumstances is exemplary. It is probably because of the Rattlebox Nature Center that I provided a home for an Irish Wolfhound and three cats!
Rattlebox Nature Center was conceived and created in response to an awareness that in our increasingly urban and technological society many children exist with little experience or appreciation of the animals with whom we share this planet and the natural world that surrounds us. The goal of Rattlebox Nature Center is to provide individuals of all ages and capabilities with hands-on experience that will better their understanding of the critical role that animals play in the health and welfare of our world and to dispel false stereotypes and myths regarding their behavior and characteristics. To accomplish these objectives Rattlebox Nature Center provides supervised contact with animals,horse care and introductory riding,nature focused workshops and art projects.During the summer months these activities are also presented through a day camp for children.Additionally, an animal presentation and educational program is available offsite at locations such as retirement facilities, schools, private homes, camps and shelters.
Review from Guidestar