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!


2022 Critter Crew Refresher Course


Are you ready to Volunteer at Critter Barn this summer?

Sign up for our Critter Crew Refresher Course TODAY! Cost is $35.


On our farm, it’s important for everyone to understand new routines and seasonal changes. We are sometimes forgetful too. So we ask all Crew Members to REFRESH!


All current Critter Crew members must complete our Critter Crew Refresher course by May 25th to volunteer for the 2022-2023 season: June 1 to May 31.

Volunteer Shift Sign-Up:

Please read below for information about volunteer shifts!

1) May Shifts:


Now that babies are being born and the sun is setting later, evening volunteer shifts will go until 6:00 pm.


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

12:00pm to 3:00pm - 6 volunteers
3:00pm to 6:00pm - 8 volunteers

2) June Shifts: 

Starting in June, we will have volunteer shifts on Mondays again! 

Monday - Saturday Shifts: 
8:00am to 11:30am - 8 volunteers

12:00pm to 3:00pm - 6 volunteers
3:00pm to 6:00pm - 8 volunteers

3) Field Trip Shifts:


Throughout April & May, you will see a NEW type of Volunteer shift you can sign up for! 


This Spring, we are excited to welcome school field trips back to the farm and we need your help to run them. You will work alongside Mrs. Mary and staff to be an extra hand, help supervise stations, hand out bantam chickens, and teach the students! On days that we have field trips, shifts will be posted that cover the length of the field trip time, so that you can be here for the entire field trip. 

4) Critter Crew members may register for ONE shift per week. This provides more kids with the opportunity to come to the farm. 
5) Volunteer drop-off and pick-up will take place at the North End of the red barn. Please drive slowly up the driveway and park in our back lot. 
6) Parents/Guardians are REQUIRED to park and walk in to check in and check out their volunteer for each shift. At the start of each shift, a Critter Crew check-in form will need to be completed.


7) If your Critter Crew member is volunteering after school, they may arrive after our 3:00 pm start time. Just ring the doorbell at the front desk when you arrive and a staff person will meet you there. 

CLICK HERE to learn how to sign up.


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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.