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Children's Nature Center

#4 of 52 things to do in Grand Junction Features Animals
2424 Old Hwy 6 and 50, #214, Grand Junction, CO 81505
+1 970-241-1000
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Good place to take kids

Interesting exhibits and animals. Good place for family. A little expensive. Would recommend... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Devon F
What a great program!

In Mesa Mall, I didn't know what to expect. We were greeted by a very knowledgeable docent who... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Barb E
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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 120 unique creatures, ranging from 13-foot pythons to 1-inch-long dart frogs to lively stingrays. We have saltwater habitats, brackish water habitat, freshwater habitat, as well as numerous coral tanks with a wide variety of aquatic life. CNC features a collection of snakes, reptiles, and amphibians Our living and inanimate exhibits are all designed to educate guests on animals, wildlife, and the environment.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2424 Old Hwy 6 and 50, #214, Grand Junction, CO 81505
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Interesting exhibits and animals. Good place for family. A little expensive. Would recommend making the entry fee a little less. In a mall which is different.More

Thank Devon F
Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Devon F thank you for this review. The Children's Nature Center is a 501 C 3 nonprofit devoted to education, conservation, and research. Our facility is volunteer ran and operated. It takes a lot to feed and care for over 150 animal ambassadors. Admission and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Mesa Mall, I didn't know what to expect. We were greeted by a very knowledgeable docent who took all four kids around the exhibits. Kids varied in age from 4 to 10. She explained a lot, let the kids touch and hold the animals...More

Thank Barb E
Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you Barb E for this wonderful review! We are devoted to education, conservation, research, and fun! Our biologists and trained docents enjoy sharing the up close interactions between guests and our animal ambassadors. We are grateful that you and your family visited the Children's...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017

Great place for the entire family! Staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about the animals. There is always something new to see. This will be a regular family activity!More

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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

Thank you trissadjimenez for this wonderful review! The Children's Nature Center is a 501 C 3 nonprofit devoted to education, conservation, research, and fun! Ever growing, we try to provide new exhibits, living and non-living, when funding presents itself. We hope to see you and...More

Reviewed 9 May 2017

Disclaimer - I don't have kids. So, I am basing this on what I think kids and parents would enjoy. This is a fairly large space, but there are not a huge number of displays and activities. There is a pretty good sized retail area...More

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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

Thank you Rita B for this important review. The Children's Nature Center is a 501 C 3 nonprofit devoted to education, conservation, research, and fun! Our volunteers average 100 hours per week taking care of our 150+ animal ambassadors. With so many mouths to feed,...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We ended up walking around looking for this place, but it wasn't in Fruita anymore and had moved to the mall in Grand Junction. We did too end up going to the mall in Grand Junction, and were disappointed that it wasn't in Fruita.More

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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Dear X8496CGsusanj we are so very sorry you looked for us in Fruita. We moved to Mesa Mall located in Grand Junction, Colorado on November 5, 2016. We are now three times the size we were in Fruita where we were busting out the seams....More

Reviewed 22 March 2017

Fun place to spend the morning. You can tell the staff care about what they do. Educational as well as fun.

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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Thank you ccnc32 for this review! The Children's Nature Center is devoted to education, conservation, research, and FUN! We are so very happy that you enjoyed your time with our passionate staff and hope you return soon to see Nature at its most Exotic!

Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

A great hands on and interactive experience! My children ages 4, 8, and 13 all enjoyed it. They loved being able to actually touch different animals. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was worth the money! I would definitely bring my kids back.More

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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Thank you goobette75 for this wonderful review! The Children's Nature Center is devoted to connecting children of all ages to nature, one animal at a time. Our staff of biologists and trained docents seek to provide an experience not found within a 250 mile radius...More

Reviewed 11 March 2017

I'm originally from California, the land of theme parks, zoos and aquariums. I've live in Grand Junction for the last 8 years and find it to be a charming community of just the right amount of growth and small town feel. Now with young children,...More

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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Thank you Dominic5671 for this glowing review! The Children's is the only living museum within a 250 mile radius of the Grand Valley. We are devoted to education, conservation, and research. As a 501 C 3 nonprofit we are dependent on businesses, grantors, and private...More

Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We took 2 nine year olds to this center, not really knowing what to expect. First impressions are not wonderful as it is very small, but once the tour started the hour flew by. The kids were able to learn about many different animals. The...More

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Janet G, Executive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Thank you ColoradoFamily2013 for this review! We are a professional organization. Our entire paid staff are all biologists and we are very grateful to the two veterinarians who donate 100% of their time towards the health of our Animal Ambassadors. We pack a big punch...More

Reviewed 1 March 2017

There's still space to be filled with unique creatures, but overall, the personalized service was great! LOVED JACOB!More

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Janet G, Excutive Director at Children's Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

Thank you sassyemt23 for this review! As a nonprofit with the focus on education, conservation, and research, we are grateful that we have been able to grow three times the size in just three years of operations! As funding is attained, you will find more...More

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john b
what is the cost
20 February 2016|
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Response from Janet G | Property representative |
Thank you for your question Janet. Admission to the Children's Nature Center is: Ages 1-12-years-old $5 Ages 13-60-year-old + & Veterans $7 Immediate family of 4 persons $25 Please allow at least 1.5 hours to tour our... More
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