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Critter Crew


Critter Crew Members,

Now that you have invested time in our class, and are part of the volunteer team, you can choose from the options below to visit the farm and continue to grow.

Remember some basics when you come to volunteer:

  • dress for the weather - bring a jacket, gloves, hat if needed

  • wear your logo shirt and jeans, black or khaki pants/shorts

  • wear tennis shoes or boots

  • bring snacks, water bottles, sack lunch as needed

  • work as a team and remember the golden rule


If you have any questions, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Makayla at or 616-748-1110


To speak with Director Mary Rottschafer directly, contact her at 616-218-1582.

Thank you for your dedication and service to Critter Barn!
The animals, our guests, and members of our staff appreciate all you do.

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Interested In Joining Critter Crew?


First, you’ll need to enroll in our 3-day prerequisite class called Critter Camp. In camp you’ll meet our staff and learn about animal care, teamwork, and how our farm operation works.

After graduating from Critter Camp, you may volunteer on our farm throughout the year as a Crew member!

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1) The beginning of 2023, EVERYONE will be required to resubmit your information in the Volunteer Local system. We want to make sure we have everyone’s most up-to-date information, along with a newly signed waiver. Please be thorough in filling these out.


2) Throughout January and February, we will be closing at 5:30pm every day. We also won’t be having an afternoon shift Tuesday-Thursday to allow staff time for additional training and seminars happening throughout the month.


Tuesday - Saturday Shifts: 
8:00am to 11:30am

12:00pm to 3:00pm (Friday & Saturday's only)
3:00pm to 5:30pm (note the new end time)
3) Critter Crew members may register for ONE shift per week. This provides more kids with the opportunity to come to the farm. 
4) Volunteer drop-off and pick up will take place at white hoop barn located next to the parking lot.

6) If your Critter Crew member is volunteering after school, they may arrive after our 3:00pm start time. When you arrive, please get checked in with a staff person.

2023 Volunteer Shifts

Farm On The Go! Sign-Up:

Join Critter Barn staff and animals as we travel to events

in the community in our Farm On The Go!

  • Dates, times and locations are listed in the registration below. 

  • Critter Crew members may do as many FOG events as they would like!

  • FOG hours count towards earning your red shirt.

  • Please email us if you need a ride. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

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