A unique animal encounter to remember
here in North San Diego County.
by Nature is located in the rural hills of Valley Center, CA where
you will go behind the scenes for a unique animal encounter with
some of the planet's most fascinating exotic creatures. We offer
otter swim and animal encounters to the public by reservation that
are available year round.
are now completely booked for the rest of 2016 and 2017 and most
likely will not see very many cancellations. There is no 2018 waiting
list for the otter SWIM encounters NOR DO WE HAVE A DATE THAT
THE 2018 CALENDAR WILL BE AVAILBLE, so we recommend that you
check the online calendar often so that
if someone does cancel, you can book the spot at that time. The
calendar will not give you access unless a cancellation has occurred
and that date is still available.
we have had such a huge interest in reservations, we've decided
to start a WAITLIST FOR ALTERNATIVE OTTER ENCOUNTERS. You
can put your name on a waiting list for this ALTERNATIVE program
that does not involve swimming with otters that we are in the process
of devolping. We can not guarantee that an earlier date will become
available, but we're trying to come up with another program that
is still fun, interactive, and engaging, but less direct contact
and non-swimming. This program will simultaneously provide enrichment,
exercise, and entertainment for the otters. All of our programs
are voluntary for the otters and if we do too many swim encounters
then the otters no longer enjoy it and it can become a undesirable
situation. Your safety and our otters' welfare are our two top priorities
and this is why this type of interaction is not available on a huge
commercial scale. The schedule next year is based on that and making
sure that we keep availability for the Make-A-Wish kids as well.
for our otter/animal encounters are $300 per person and scheduling
depends on availability. Due to extremely high demand, at this time
we are only able to offer the free encounters to qualifying children
visiting us through Make-A-Wish Foundation.
THIS LINK TO PUT YOUR NAME ON THE ALTERNATIVE OTTER ENCOUNTER WAITLIST
OTTER SWIM ENCOUNTER DETAILS:
the three hour guided tour you will be in the pool with a group
of playful otters who will be as fascinated by you as you are by
them! Laugh, giggle and have a whole lot of fun as you encounter
these magical creatures like never before and gain an amazing insight
into the species. You'll also have an opportunity to meet, feed
and/or directly interact with a variety of other incredible creatures
such as a kangaroo, sloth, armadillo, porcupine, lemurs and more.
This is a wildlife experience like no other that puts you right
in the center of the action with exotic creatures. You'll take home
a permanent grin and memories to last a whole lifetime.
maximum group size is generally 8 people and the entire program
is outdoors (some shade, some sun). We do not have a viewing only
area so anyone who is on property would need to pay for the encounter.
on our past experience we have changed our minimum age for public
encounters to 18 years of age. We do not recommend the program to
anyone who is afraid of animals or is highly active and/or unable
to calmly follow instruction. All guests must sign the facility
waiver when visiting Nurtured by Nature.
in advance is necessary to reserve your space in the encounter.
To make your reservation, please click the days that you are interested
in on the calendar below to check availability and reserve
your spots in the encounter.
for some reason you need to cancel or reschedule, we provide a full
refund if notice is received at least 7 days in advance of your
reserved date. After that time we are unable to offer refunds or
no-charge reschedules. This refund policy applies only to the regular
public otter swim encounters. Founder and Major Contributor otter
swim encounter donations are considered a donation, not a program
fee. Donations are non-refundable.
the forecast is for inclement weather, we will still continue with
encounters unless there is extremely bad weather, in which case
we will contact you the day before the program to reschedule.
from our public otter swim encounters go directly towards caring
for our animals and funding the free programs provided to qualifying
children visiting from organizations like Make-A-Wish Foundation.
to bring with you on the day of your visit?
Towels/Change of clothes
Clothing appropriate for the weather and what you would wear
for an easy hike
Cameras are encouraged for the animal interactions
to avoid bringing around the animals
Any loose jewelry, necklaces, earrings. A place to store your personal
belongings will be provided.