RATTLEBOX NATURE CENTER LTD.CALL 610-358-4813 FIRST TO ARRANGE A VISIT !! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 12 MONTHS A YEAR! OUR HORSES DO NOT TRAVEL. ALL PONY RIDES ARE HERE ON THE FARM UNLESS YOU ARE IN WALKING DISTANCE. OUR SMALL ANIMALS WILL COME TO YOU.
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All programs are originated and presented by Valerie Gardner, certified Teacher, insured. We are USDA licenced.
Please direct any questions to:
Valerie Gardner, 220 Wawa Road, Media, Pennsylvania 19063
Directions :We are 3 miles south of Riddle Hospital and the Granite Run Mall in Media.Take route 1 south for 3 miles, turn left on Valleybrook Rd.go 3/10 mi. to Wawa Rd.accross from Ivy Lane (our street sign is missing) ,turn left,go 3/10 miles to Rattlebox # 220 Wawa rd. We have a white mailbox with a horse on the left. Bear left in the driveway to the last house on the left. Watch out for horses, cats, dogs,and other animals in the driveway. Call or honk from the driveway 610-358-4813 or ring the big frog bell because the doorbell isn't very loud. If you are coming from 202 go north on Rt 1, go aprox. 4 miles to Valleybrook Rd.,Rt. on Valleybrook and left on Wawa rd. THE TURN IS DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM IVY LA. THE WAWA ROAD SIGN IS USUALLY MISSING!
Please click on pages to the left for details of what you are looking for AND PLEASE CHECK OUR ANIMAL RESCUE PAGE!!
We also have an extensive outreach program.
We want to provide for children of all abilities regardless of income.Please check pages on the left to see our free programs for the blind and other special needs children and adults.
Valerie Gardner presents nature workshops for children approximately aged 3-8. Workshops run 7 days a week. We also offer workshops for Moms/Dads and 1-3 year olds. Payment is due at the beginning of the workshop.
Pony Power: come meet three wonderful equines , one only 32 inches tall! Learn what horses/ponies eat, how to take care of them, how to keep them clean, healthy and happy. Take a pony ride/lesson. Remember boots are best for mucking about in the paddocks.
We also offer several kinds of parties.Check the pages on the left.
All programs are originated and run by Valerie Gardner: B.S. Early Childhood, M.S. Elementary Counseling, Former Art Therapist at Pathways Center for Families, Kindergarten Teacher at Episcopal Academy, Naturalist at Bartrams Gardens and teacher for The Philadelphia Zoo Education Department and Docent Council. Founder and operator of Camp Bell Inc., retired Art and Nature teacher at Launfal School and retired director of Thorncroft Equestrian Center summer camp in Malvern.
Presently I am an active volunteer at Longwood Gardens in the education dept.and have earned my certificate of merit in floral design. I am also a critter maker at the Brandywine River Museum, a member of the Delco bird club, a member of a French conversation club and the Delco Chamber of Commerce.
SUMMER PONY/NATURE CAMP AT RATTLEBOX NATURE CENTER.FULLY INSURED.SEE OUR CAMP PAGE FOR DETAILS.ONLY 6-8 CHILDREN ACCEPTED PER WEEK.
TRAVELING ANIMAL SHOW! USDA certified
"FUR, FEATHERS & SCALES"
A 45 minute presentation designed for your group; suitable for special ed groups, daycare, schools, retirement communities and BIRTHDAY PARTIES!
FEATURING ANIMALS BELOW...SCROLL DOWN!
MILO AND CHESTER,OUR GUINEA PIGS WITH WOOLY
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ABOVE BLACKBERRY AND ANNABELLE,BELOW WOOLY THE MAGICAL BUNNY
OUR TORTOISES ,SPEEDY,ROUGE AND RED FOOT
SAM OUR DIAMOND BACK TERRAPIN AND MICKEY OUR PAINTED TURTLE .
BABY GOULDIANS WHO LOST THEIR MOM
GHOST AND TUCKER,THE COCKATIELS
ONE OF OUR DIAMOND DOVES
OUR RESCUE DOG, MELLOW AND RESCUE CAT,PANDORA DO NOT TRAVEL
NINA,ANOTHER RESCUE DOG, WAITS FOR THE KIDS IN HER POT OR ON THE BENCH.
PANDORA,FOUND ABANDONED AT LONGWOOD GARDENS
WAITING FOR THE CHILDREN...