Education

ANIMAL ADVENTURES

Ages 5 - 8 (must be 5 by May 1)

2 or 5-day classes offered in June, July and August

$50 and $75

Animal Adventures T-shirt included

 

Looking for an adventure this summer? This is hands-on fun and learning at its best! Animal Adventure kids visit every part of the farm… that’s inside many of the pens with our farm animals!

Feed a hungry calf a bottle, learn to handle, walk and hold our animals. Collect eggs, milk a goat, and give a goat a bubble bath. We offer a 2-day (5 hours of class time) and 5-day (7.5 hours of class time) option. You’ll have an adventure to remember!

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Ages 3-5 

One-time class

Weeknights 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Saturdays 1:00pm - 2:15pm

$15

Add a “custom” class t-shirt for $10

 

Little hands meet little critters! Come meet the new "baby faces" at Critter Barn. Ducklings, chicks, lambs, kids, bunnies and calves are the new stars in the barn each spring. Our class will be packed with hugging, 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.

 

Our class curriculum changes with the weather, the seasons, and with who's new in the barn. So, you’re invited to attend this class over and over!

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Ages 8-16

(must be 8 by May 1)

3-Day classes offered in June, July and August

8:30am to 1:30pm, Fridays until 3pm

$145

Critter Camp T-shirt included

 

Enjoy an inside look at our entire farm operation. Campers learn basics about each farm species. Campers will feed and care for our mammals and birds and learn to handle, lead, and hold. They’ll learn about farming methods, fiber, nutrition, grooming, milking and composting.

 

Critter Barn teaches young people life skills while working on our farm. Along the way kids will meet new friends, grow confidence and responsibility as they work with our dedicated staff.

 

Completion of this class also gives students the option to come back and volunteer throughout the year as a member of the Critter Crew.

(Critter Camp class is the prerequisite for children and youth to volunteer as Critter Crew)

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Ages 6 -10

Weeknights 6:30pm - 8:00pm

$15

Add a “custom” class t-shirt for $10

 

Have you ever heard a pig snore? Have you ever watched a goat sleep? Our Good Night Barn class lets kids experience the farm at the end of the day. We will turn the lights off as we finish caring for Critter Barn’s animals. As the sun goes down, we use flashlights to focus and see where to go. It's a one-of-a-kind-class! It’s fun to walk through the barn and see the animals settle down for the night... shhhhh!

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Kids For Kids

(& other creatures)

Ages 6 -10

Weeknights 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Saturdays 9:00am - 10:30am

$15

Add a “custom” class t-shirt for $10

 

Meet our Kids! Our 4-legged kids, that is. This class is all about caring for and handling our new farm babies. Enjoy playing with Critter Barn's newest arrivals as they run and jump around the farm! Bottle feed the baby and calves, feed and water the chicks and ducklings, and add new straw bedding for the little lambs. Your kids will love all the hands-on fun with our kids and more!

 

Our class curriculum changes with the weather, the seasons, and with who's new in the barn. So, you’re invited to attend this class over and over!

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Ages 3 - 5 (must be 3 by May 1)

Spring & Fall – 4-week series - $65.00

Summer – 3-week series - $50.00

Little Farmers T-shirt included

Bring your little animal lover to Critter Barn for our Little Farmer's Class. Children will learn about egg layers and mammals as they meet, feed and interact with the animals on our farm.

This is often a first-time encounter with live farm animals for children, so parents or guardians are included to share the memories and enhance your little farmer's experience. Little Farmer custom t-shirts and other take-home samples are included in your class fee.

Class meets one time each week for either 3 or 4 weeks. Our class curriculum changes with the weather, the seasons, and with who's new in the barn. So, you can be a Little Farmer more than once!

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Dear Parents

Every day we meet new people and share a little of life's experiences on the farm. We teach children and youth of all ages and abilities. Students engage in farm chores, tending our garden, and animal care. It is meaningful when a young person realizes that the quality of the job they are doing determines the quality of our animals' lives.   ​


This spring and summer we are offering some amazing classes. We are also open six days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for visiting. We have a unique admission policy so all children may enjoy the farm. Read about it here. It is Critter Barn’s desire to provide scholarship to individuals who need financial assistance to enroll in one of our classes. Please contact the farm for enrollment assistance.


The change in seasons offers so much for us all to learn. We hope to see you at the farm often in the months ahead!

 

 

Keep growing!
 

 

 

 

Mary L Rottschafer

Founder, Executive Director

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FIELD TRIPS

 

Field Trip General Info

Field Trips are available school groups, home school groups, day care centers, preschools, summer day camps, church groups, and clubs. We are eager to custom design your experience to fit your goals. Please contact us soon to book your day at the farm!

 

Things you can do during your field trip:

 

  • Visit the hen house and feed chickens corn

  • Hold baby chicks, Banty hens and bunnies

  • Bottle feed a thirsty calf and go into the steer barn

  • Milk a dairy goat, play with Pygmy and Nigerian Goats

  • Learn about today's farmers and the work they do

  • Enjoy unique photo displays about Michigan agriculture

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To prepare for your field trip:

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For Field Trip Information and Registration please contact us.

Requested dates are guaranteed upon confirmation by Critter Barn

More Details

  • Most Field trips begin at 9:30 am and end by 2:00 pm (this is flexible)

  • Admission: $8 per person for full day school field trips. 

  • Admission: $6 per person for 2-hour trips, preschools and young 5's.

  • Lunchroom

  • Clean Porta Jons 

  • All attractions are accessible

  • Our large barn has heated rooms

  • Field trips run rain or shine

  • Registrations will be booked in the order they are received

  • Contact us for special accommodations (allergies, wheelchairs, etc)

  • We host groups of 15 up to 125 students, plus parents

  • Children must be accompanied by adults while at our farm

  • Parking is free

WE CAN'T WAIT TO TEACH YOU

With 3 acres of barns, gardens, and animals, as well as lots of hands-on experiences, demonstrations, and activities, Critter Barn provides a wealth of fun and learning opportunities for every age.  

 

There's no comparing the awe-inspiring experiences of a real farm visit to a typical day in the classroom. Bring your group for a memorable day of discovery and exploration.  

 

Our Field trips are aligned with State of Michigan Benchmarks in Life Sciences and Social Studies. Students will enjoy group presentations and experience interactive learning.

 

We would be happy to work with you to achieve a project-based learning activity with your students. Please call ahead. 616.748.1110.

Hours:

Monday-Saturday from 10am-6pm, (Closed Sunday)

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