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Education

Little Farmers

Ages 3 - 5

(must be 3 by May 1)

 

3-week series

 

Class Cost: $55

 

Little Farmers T-shirt is included for every child.

 

Bring your little animal lover to Critter Barn for our three week series: Little Farmer's Class. Children will begin to understand the difference between egg-layers and mammals, fur and feathers, hoof and paw, beak and bill, and so much more. Class meets one time each week for 3 weeks. Your child will meet, feed and interact with every species on our farm.

 

This is often a first-time encounter with live farm animals for children, so send an adult to share the memories and enhance your Little Farmer's experience. Bring your camera too!

 

For class frequently asked questions, click here

Registration Opens Feb. 1st

CRITTER CAMP

Ages 8-16

(must be 8 by May 1, 2022)

 

3-Days: MWF or TThF
 

June, July and August

 

8:30am - 3:00pm

Class Cost: $170

 

Enjoy an inside look at our entire farm operation. Campers learn the basics about each farm species. Campers will feed and care for our mammals and birds. They’ll learn about farming methods, fiber, animal nutrition, grooming, milking goats, egg production and composting.

 

Critter Barn’s experience teaches life skills and the rewards of good work while helping on our farm. Your Camper will meet new friends who enjoy animals too.  They will grow confidence and a sense of responsibility as they work alongside our staff.


Our Critter Camp class is the prerequisite for children and youth to volunteer as members of our Critter Crew. Take the class and you can volunteer all year. 

 

For class frequently asked questions, click here

Registration Opens Feb. 1st

Important Information

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Class Frequently Asked Questions

Costs

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  • One-time class - $20

  • Little Farmers 3-week series - $55

  • Animal Adventures 2-Day - $60

  • Animal Adventures 5-Day - $85

  • Critter Camp - $170

Cancellation Policy

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In the event you must cancel, money will be refunded ONLY with at least 2 weeks/14 days or more notice.

 

Changes in registration must be made in writing and emailed to 

makayla@critterbarn.org

Medical emergencies resulting in cancelations will be honored when you provide a signed memo from the Attending Physician. We would be happy to reschedule your child or provide a refund.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

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Critter Barn makes accommodations for students with special needs to attend class. This includes but is not limited to allergies, disabilities, medical conditions and social/learning needs. Receiving adequate information from guardians is crucial for our success. Any information is kept strictly confidential. Please notify us of your child's needs as far in advance as possible to allow us to best prepare a quality experience for your child.

Scholarship
Information

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Contact Us

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Questions or concerns?

Contact us at 616-748-1110 or e-mail makayla@critterbarn.org

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spring Classes:
February - May

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Summer Classes:
June - August

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Fall Classes
September - November

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Registration Opens Feb. 1st

Baby Animals

Ages 3-5
(must be 3 years old by February 1, 2022) 

 

One-time class offered in the Spring

 

Class Cost: $20

 

Add a Baby Animal class t-shirt for $10

 

Meet the new "baby faces" at the Critter Barn: ducklings, chicks, lambs, kids, bunnies and calves are the new stars in the barn each spring. Our class includes hugging, petting, feeding, handling, and watching every one of our adorable baby animals! This one-time class experience is to be shared, so please being a grown-up along.

 

Please note, that our class curriculum changes with the weather, the seasons, and with who's just born in the barn. You’re invited to attend this class over and over!


For class frequently asked questions, click here

Class Dates

BEE Smart!

Ages 6-12

(Must be 6 by February 1, 2022)
 

One-time class offered in late winter

 

Class Cost: $20

There’s something new at the Critter Barn this year! Meet two professional beekeepers: Phillip Preston and Don Lam. Learn about the amazing honey bee! Without bees, there would be very little food for anyone to eat!

 

You will learn about beekeeping in all seasons plus the special equipment used to safely manage and handle hives. Try on a beekeeping suit! Learn how the worker bees truly do all the work. See beehive boxes, and learn about honey.  Students will receive a copy of the informative booklet: Welcome to our Honey Farm.

 

*NOTE*

February and March classes will have no live residents in the hives (no bees!)

For class frequently asked questions, click here

Registration Opens Feb. 1st
Registration Opens Feb. 1st

Kids For Kids

Ages 6 -10
(Must be 6 by February 1, 2022)

 

One Time Class

 

Class Cost: $20

 

Add a Kids For Kids class t-shirt for $10

 

Meet our 4-legged kids and all the other new barn babies. Critter Barn's newest arrivals love to run and jump around the farm!  Bottle feed the kids or calves, feed and water the ducklings, and add straw bedding for the little lambs. Cup your hands around a baby chick. We guarantee your kid will love the hands-on fun with our kids and all the new farm babies.


For class frequently asked questions, click here