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Children's Nature Center

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Nice little museum!

My grandkids and I enjoyed this very much. We learned a lot and had a good time. The lady giving... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2018
brendashubby
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Calhan, Colorado
It was fun and exciting

I learned alot of thing there i did not know ablout some the animals there. I would go again and... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2018
Roxanne S
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Gunnison, United States
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The Children's Nature Center (CNC) is the only zoological center within a 250-mile radius that exhibits exotic animals in naturalist habitats. The center hosts more than 150 unique creatures, ranging from 14-foot pythons to 1-inch-long dart frogs to...more
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2424 Hwy 6 & 50, #214, Grand Junction, CO 81505-1109
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Reviewed 21 October 2018

My grandkids and I enjoyed this very much. We learned a lot and had a good time. The lady giving us the tour was informative and kind!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank brendashubby
Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

Thank you brendashubby for this review! The Children's Nature Center is a 501 C 3 nonprofit devoted to education, conservation, research, and FUN! Our professional staff and volunteer are passionate about our animal ambassadors and love sharing each unique critter with guest.

Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

It’s fun for the kids but honestly overpriced and not what you would expect for a nature center. It’s like a pet shop you pay to go in. You can pet some of the animals and the girls will teach you about some of them....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

Thank you Amanda T for leaving this review. The Children's Nature Center is a 501 C 3 nonprofit ran and operated by volunteers. Your guide volunteers his/her time to share important information regarding animals of this planet. We have no paid administrators. Eighty percent of...More

Reviewed 13 September 2018

I learned alot of thing there i did not know ablout some the animals there. I would go again and again it was worth it and kids would really love it

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Roxanne S
Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

Thank you Roxanne S for this important review! The Children's Nature Center is devoted to education, conservation, research, and FUN! Ever changing when funding allows, we hope you will visit us again for Nature at its most Exotic!

Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Fabulous place to visit. Fun and educational for everyone. Well worth the time. Guided tours by knowledgeable personnel.More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2018

Thank you Erna I for this review! The Children's Nature Center is a living museum dedicated to education, conservation, research, and FUN! Our trained docents are devoted to providing guest the best educational and fun experience on the Western Slope of Colorado! We hope you...More

Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Firstly in response to the bad review on here it is not a pet store, there is no animals for sale!! it is a wonderful non profit zoo/aquarium run by mostly volunteers, and biologist. Seeing how there are no zoos in Grand Junction, this is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Thank you Saray C for this review, clarification. and for visiting the Children's Nature Center. As a 501 C 3 nonprofit, we are devoted to education, conservation, research, and fun! Our goal is to connect nature to the child in all of us one animal...More

Reviewed 2 June 2018

A friend and I visited here to check it out for her soon to be visiting grandchildren. What a wonderful place!! We (both of us seniors) spent 2 hours here. Kathy gave us a spectacular tour! The animals were well cared for and all interaction...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thank you Cheryl for this wonderful review! Cathy is one of our many volunteers who enjoy sharing our animal ambassadors with guests. Though we are called the Children's Nature Center, we are devoted to the child in all of us! We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Great experience! All kinds of interesting reptiles, some of which we could interact with. Super educational and fun!!More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Laura G
Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thank you Laura for taking the time to leave this review! The Children's Nature Center is devoted to education, Conservation, research, and fun! As a 501 C 3 nonprofit, we are always raising funds towards new exhibits, both living and non-living. We hope you will...More

Reviewed 4 March 2018

We took a group of 11 year old's their after an activity at the mall. The people there were very knowledgeable and the kids really enjoyed it. It was the second time we've done this with this group. We had pizza delivered than toured around...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jim C
Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thank you Jim C for visiting the Children's Nature Center more than once! We are glad to hear that your group enjoyed their experience and hope to see you again next year, if not sooner!

Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

On a Sunday afternoon with nothing to do we decided to visit the nature center which has now moved inside Mesa Mall. The interactive style was of great interest to our six year old. Being able to touch lizards snakes and sea stars gave her...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thank you Shesmoodie for you review! Our goal is to provide education for all learning levels. We feel interaction and touching helps to reinforce the beauty of all creature. Thank you for visiting the Children Nature Center.

Reviewed 13 January 2018

I was already excited about the Children's Nature Center after being told about it by my grandparents, who accompanied me, my sister, and my parents. The room was beautiful with all the animals, theme of the decorations, the gift shop, and the employees! My family...More

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Date of experience: December 2017
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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thank you Mantisqueen9 for this in-depth review! Sharing your experience will help future guests understand the depth of the Children's Nature Center. Some fish such as sharks and rays will bite the opposite species during breading season. That is natural behavior. Though our docents are...More

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