Critter Camp is for children ages 8 to 16 (must be 8 years old by May 1, 2014)
Read more about Critter Camp below....
Critter Camp is our prerequisite for volunteering at the farm. After completing Critter Camp, students interested in volunteering enroll in our Volunteer Orientation Class which is included free of charge. Orientation classes are held weekly, and you can register online after receiving your certificate.
What is Critter Camp About?
This three-day class gives animal lovers an inside look at the entire farm operation. Critter Campers learn how to feed all the birds and animals. You'll learn about each species, the special care they require and their behaviors. We milk goats, eat lunch in the hayloft, give a bath and learn about grooming. You will enjoy many experiences with the animals while learning about farming and agriculture.
Critter Camp is also about making new friends with kids who enjoy animals too!
When you take the class:
Bring a sack lunch and beverage; a morning snack is provided. Friday lunches will be provided by our sponsor, Boar's Head, giving us a taste of locally grown products! Dress for the weather, wear older shoes, you should bring your own water bottle. NO open toe or sandals! Classes are held rain or shine.
When are the Classes?
Critter Camp Classes are offered during June, July and August
Two options each week:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:30am and 1:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30am and 1:30pm
All students are at the farm on Friday.
Graduation with parents is at 1:00pm every Friday.
Frequently Asked Questions...
"Looking forward to hearing just a little bit more on the volunteer portion and what most families do." My girls are thinking about taking your Critter camp class this summer. Once they have completed this class, you state that they are able to volunteer on the farm.
The volunteer hours on the farm . . .
are there specific hours that they are able to volunteer?
Yes, children volunteer Monday through Saturday
from 9:00am - 12:00noon, 12:00noon - 3:00pm, and 4:00pm - 7:00pm
This varies with each seasons.
Morning chores and evening chores are the most popular.
Do they sign up on a summer sheet?
Sign-up is online. We'll explain more at the end of the class session.
Our registration shows all the possible times.
You register, select your date(s) and receive a confirmation via email.
Approximately how many hours are they able to volunteer in the day?
3 hours - a single shift (3 hours) two times a week.
Are they able to volunteer in the morning or just afternoon hours?
Either. Some seasons have evening options too.
Some Critter Crew members volunteer for special events connected with
our Traveling Farm.
Are they able to volunteer a couple of times during the week?
Children may volunteer two times a week
New Critter crew members volunteer single shifts
(3 hours) up to two times a week.
As children gain experience and confidence, some want to stay longer.
They bring their lunch in addition to a snack.
Some Critter Crew members have been volunteering here for 5 to 8 years.
Every situation is different. There are many children who want to volunteer.
We limit the number of times to give all a chance
and encourage balance in their lives.
Read about Volunteering as a CREW member
Here's what one parent had to say:
"Thank you, thank you thank you for the marvelous Critter Camp that my son, Mathieu finished today. His time on the farm was so special and I can't believe all he learned! He will be volunteering soon... He told Grandma and Grandpa (when they came for a tour yesterday) that "this is where I want to be in life." He has never been so confident and comfortable anywhere. I wish we would have done Critter Camp earlier in the summer so he could have spent more time there this summer... Thanks for all you do. You, and this teaching farm, are a gift."
Critter Camp is a three day class designed for 8 students with one teacher. Everyone participates and learns by doing the chores at our farm and caring for the animals. We are eager to meet kids who love animals! Critter Camp is created to give kids an up-close, personal experience with animal care at the Critter Barn, while teaching about life cycles, animal behavior, agriculture and the role farming plays in our daily lives. Kids interested in careers with animals benefit from this experience.
You may continue beyond the class, join the Critter Crew, and volunteer throughout the year. There are many chores to do and critters to care for. If you like working with animals, this is the place for you.
Children may volunteer after completing Critter Camp without an adult, however we welcome parents to participate at least one time, as this gives parents a better understanding of what their child is doing.