Connecting with Animals!


For 16 years, the Critter Barn has provided an opportunity for students in the Community Work Study program to learn important job and life skills in a completely different environment. Critter Barn's staff is always willing to work with my students, and make them feel important.

- Brian Courville, Hudsonville

Kids connect with animals, it's a natural avenue to use as long as you have the support systems to make it safe and usable. That's what you have at the Critter Barn, which makes the farm a marvelous thing!
- Grandmother of a Critter Crew member with autism.
We watch our students grow as they learn important life skills and work in the farm environment. Accomplishing chores creates a sense of pride in our students.
- Julie Lilly, retired

  • Disability Network / Lakeshore
  • JCI Care and Share Program supports our porgrams for guests with special needs
  • Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
  • MOKA Homes
  • Community Based Instruction if Holland and Zeeland
  • Compassionate Heart
  • Indian Trails
  • Community Mental Health Life Enrichment
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