Valentine's Traveling Nature Class

Valentine's Traveling Nature Class We deliver amazing and unique animal experiences to hundreds of schools, organizations and families around Southern California!
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Traveling Nature Class programs allow attendees to experience fascinating live animals in an up-close, interactive, and controlled manner. Our goal is for children of all ages to develop an appreciation for nature, learn the importance of environmental conservation, and be kind and respectful to all living creatures. We also strive to help those who are afraid of certain critters, feel comfortable and overcome their fears.

Mission: Our mission at Valentine’s Traveling Nature Class is to help children connect with nature through animal interactions. We strive to help children understand that they are part of a large, diverse ecosystem, in which we are mutually dependent on each other for survival.

09/09/2015

Connecting Children with Nature

Like many adults who are now raising young children, the outdoors represents some of the greatest memories of my childhood. The days of my youth were spent watching bugs go about their daily routine, hatching bird eggs, rehabilitating injured animals and interacting with wildlife all around the rivers, forests and estuaries of central Florida. These experiences touched my heart, shaped my view of the world, and even deepened my spirituality. Unfortunately, research has shown that over the last three decades our children have increasingly lost their connection with nature. While they are now more aware than ever about the global threats facing our environment such as global warming and destruction of the rain forests, their physical contact and intimacy with the natural world is fading. Our children play outdoors less, for briefer periods and are much more restricted. According to a study conducted by Sandra Hoffman at the University of Maryland from 1997-2003, there was a 50% decline in the number of children 9-12 years old that spent time in outdoor activities like hiking, walking, fishing, beach play or or other activities that encourage a greater connection with nature. Today’s society inadvertently teaches our children to avoid direct contact with nature. The lessons are being taught in schools, at home and even by organizations once dedicated to the outdoors. This thinking has been manifested into the legal and regulatory structures of our communities. To justify this we use words like ‘safety’, ‘well being’ and ‘conservation’. Meanwhile, we restrict children from climbing trees and playing in undeveloped outdoor areas. Sadly, while the bond is breaking between the young and the natural world, research links our mental, physical, and spiritual health directly to our association with nature in very positive ways. Several studies have suggested that exposure of youngsters to nature can be a powerful form of therapy for attention-deficit disorders and other conditions plaguing our youth. Perhaps just as children need good nutrition and adequate sleep, they need contact with nature. This disconnection from our environment may prove to have longer-term consequences to our planet and the multitude of animals that inhabit it as well. How the young respond to nature, how they view the importance of conservation and how they raise their own children, will shape the future of our planet, and determine the fate of many of creatures currently struggling for survival. Our mission at Valentine’s Traveling Nature Class is to help children connect with nature through animal interactions. We strive to help children understand that they are part of a large, diverse ecosystem, in which we are mutually dependent on each other for survival. We focus largely on the misunderstood and villainized because if children can appreciate the talents of bugs, the role of snakes, and the importance of spiders, the rest of nature will be that much more important.

Hooray!  The Beach Reporter, our local paper here in the South Bay, featured the animals and me at a recent visit to Ame...
03/03/2014
Manhattan Beach resident shares love of exotic creatures

Hooray! The Beach Reporter, our local paper here in the South Bay, featured the animals and me at a recent visit to American Martyrs Preschool in Manhattan Beach.

Sometimes there are second chances in life, and Manhattan Beach mother of two, Sunny Dallafior, has found hers as an entrepreneur who rescues exotic animals like spiders and snakes so she can teach children to love and respect them as she always has, ever since she was a young girl in Florida with a...

Jaba?  Sorry boss.  I haven's seen any mice!
02/26/2014

Jaba? Sorry boss. I haven's seen any mice!

Sonic not so happy about his bath.
02/26/2014

Sonic not so happy about his bath.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a favorite venue for The Traveling Nature Class.  Ever...
02/26/2014

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a favorite venue for The Traveling Nature Class. Every year we turn our participation in their children's camp into a family outing. Enroll your children and make a day of it with us. Contact the Huntington for details at (626) 405-2100. Appearing: April 5th, 2014.

My daughter has a way with animals but this was truly an amazing moment.  Taken in Yosemite National Park.
02/26/2014

My daughter has a way with animals but this was truly an amazing moment. Taken in Yosemite National Park.

Sunny DallafiorOwner - Valentine's Traveling Nature Class
10/30/2013

Sunny Dallafior
Owner - Valentine's Traveling Nature Class

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10/30/2013

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I'm a teacher at Young Minds. I thought you might like this picture.
It was so nice to see you today! Thank you so much for sharing your contagious bubbly nature, your knowledge and passion for creatures big and small, and allowing us a safe friendly hands on encounter with your Animals. My boys are still talking about it.
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