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 almost completely booked for this year and have made some program
changes that will require new pricing for 2017. Prices for our 2017
public otter swim encounters will be $300 per person and will be
scheduled on Fridays and Sundays at 10am, depending on availability.
If you would like to have the entire program for your group, we
offer private otter swim encounters by request for groups of 1 to
8 people for $2100 total. We will also be adding additional (but
slightly different) programs as we get closer to the New Year! 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
During 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. Please follow this link to
purchase gift certificates (and provide email in the message
section that we can send the certificate to).
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
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.