Nurtured by Nature is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was formed by husband and wife team, Kevin & Wendy Yates, in Valley Center, CA after Southern California wildfires destroyed their home and surrounding area in 2003. After experiencing love, goodwill, and unconditional outreach and support from the entire community to help rebuild their home, they wanted to give back to the same community that gave so much! Kevin & Wendy's appreciation for family, community, and the natural world, has fostered the idea of Nurtured by Nature - to provide solace in times of misfortune or trouble.

Our programs provide a once in a lifetime experience to children in need through individual animal encounters at our facility. Guests get to touch and feed a two-toed sloth, an African crested porcupine, several kinds of armadillos, a kangaroo, an African ground hornbill, hedgehogs, and horses. The highlight of our program is interacting with our Asian small-clawed otters. Weather permitting, visitors are able to swim & play with the otters. We also take the opportunity to teach the kids about each animal, its habitat, and how human behavior affects the natural world.



The purpose of Nurtured By Nature is to:

  • Foster hope and well-being to children with life threatening to terminal illness through physical interactions with nature.

  • Promote a healthy life outlook and healing for children who have suffered severe emotional trauma through physical interactions with nature.

  • Inspire a bond between humankind and animals, promoting preservation.

  • Create innovative and sustainable conservation projects.

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