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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs welcome?
Dogs are welcome at De Helderse Vallei but must be kept on a leash at all times and remain outside the animal enclosure and animal grazing areas. 

Adopting animals
We receive adoption requests on an almost daily basis from private individuals who are no longer willing or able to care for their rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens/roosters, birds or goats. However, we do not take in any animals. Our animals live in established groups and other animals cannot be placed among them without a problem. We advise you to contact an animal shelter if you have an animal you are unable to care for yourself.

Selling animals
We do not sell any of our animals to private individuals.

De Helderse Vallei is largely smoke-free
We appreciate your cooperation in not smoking on the grounds of De Helderse Vallei to protect the well-being of our animals, staff and other visitors. Smoking is permitted at three locations on the grounds: at the smoker’s post on the right in front of the Visitors’ Centre, at the smoker’s post on the right behind the Visitors’ Centre and at the smoker’s post at the children’s farm behind the aviary. In accordance with the Tobacco Act, smoking is not permitted in public areas; smoking is also prohibited in our buildings and stables. We urgently request participants not to smoke during all activities organised by or on behalf of De Helderse Vallei, even if these activities are held at another location.

Found objects
We regularly find lost items such as jackets, sunglasses and toys. We keep these items for two weeks; after that, we bring them to the thrift shop or give-away shop.

Registration for activities
To sign up for an activity, click on the relevant activity on our calendar. Text on the calendar is provided in Dutch since all our activities are offered in Dutch. 

De KlimVallei climbing park
To learn more about or book De KlimVallei click here for more information or call +31 (0)6 19 60 15 00. 

Renting canoes
To learn more about renting canoes, call Kanoverhuur (Canoe Rental) Den Helder +31 (0)6 10 86 23 38 or click here for more information and available canoe routes.

Barefoot Path
The ‘Blotenvoetenpad’ (Barefoot Path) can be found on the grounds of De Helderse Vallei, behind the Visitor’s Centre. The path runs around the animal enclosure and is approximately 250 metres long. Click here for more information.

For more information about the walking trails and available routes around De Helderse Vallei, click here

The Visitors’ Centre at De Helderse Vallei has a coffee corner where you can find a variety of hot and cold beverages (also to take away). Aside from beverages, we also sell ice cream and various savoury and sweet snacks such as cakes, apples, lollipops, raisins and chocolate. All products are organic. We have soy ice cream in the assortment and various products are gluten-free. 

Mountain biking
An ATB/mountain bike route runs through the Mariendal nature reserve. For more information, click here.  

Cash point
The Visitors’ Centre at De Helderse Vallei has an ATM.

De Helderse Vallei has been realized thanks to the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe invests in rural areas.