Education

ANIMAL ADVENTURES

Ages 5 - 8 (must be 5 by May 1)

AM and PM classes available

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

$50 and $65

This class focuses on an amazing sequence of activities at our farm. You'll experience one adventure after another... this is hands-on fun and learning at its best! Animal Adventures takes you to every part of the farm including inside many of the pens with our farm animals!

Plan to feed treats to animals, feed a hungry calf a bottle, learn to hold or lead animals, collect eggs, milk a goat plus give a goat a bubble bath. We offer a 2-day and 5-day option. You'll have an adventure to remember! Invite some friends to join you and head to the farm!

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Ages 3-5 

Weeknights 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Saturdays 1:00pm - 2:15pm

$12 (limit 15 students)

 

Your child will delight to meet the new "baby faces" at Critter Barn. Ducklings, Chicks, lambs, kids, bunnies and calves are the new stars in the barn each spring. Your child will meet them all and have a chance to bottle feed someone. Our class will be packed with chances to hug and pet everyone of our adorable babies. This one-time class is to be shared with an adult (yes, please bring your camera!). 

 

 

Email us for more information.

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Ages 8-10 & 11-15

(must be 8 by May 1)

3-Day classes offered in June, July and August

$115

 

This 3-day experience gives animal lovers an inside look at the entire farm operation. Critter Campers learn how to feed and care for the animals, clean a pen, tend the garden, eat lunch in the hayloft, and enjoy the option to come back and volunteer throughout the year as a member of the Critter Crew.

 

Critter Barn believes in teaching young people life skills while working on our farm. Learning how to deal with change and working with a team, while caring for live animals develops personal character. Along the way, kids share laughs, build confidence, responsibility, and develop a good work ethic as they work along-side our dedicated staff.
 

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

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Ages 9 -12

Weeknights 6:30pm - 8:00pm

$15 (limit 12 students)

Spring/Summer Only

 

Our Good Night Barn class gets you involved with the animals at the end of the day. We will visit most of Critter Barn's animals and turn the lights off as we finish caring for them. As the sun goes down, the kids will use flashlights to find their way around the farm. It's a one-of-a-kind-class! Have you ever heard a pig snore? Have you ever watched a rabbit or a goat sleep? The darker it gets, the more fun it is 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

$15 (limit 12 students)

Weeknights 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Saturdays 9:00am - 10:30am

Meet our Kids! Our 4-legged kids, that is. Enjoy playing with Critter Barn's newest goats as they run and jump around the farm! Bottle feed the baby dairy goats and meet the all the other baby animals around our farm too. Calves will need bottles, chicks and ducklings need fresh water, and little lambs may need some bedding. This class is all about caring for our new farm babies. We'll teach you how to hold our young animals and let you enjoy all the fun. Invite a friend!

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

Each class includes 75-minutes of instruction

2, 3 and 4-day classes offered year-round

$30, $40 and $50

Preschool age children love to explore new things, and there's plenty to discover at a farm. Bring your little animal lover to Critter Barn for our Little Farmer's Class. Children will learn the characteristics of Egg Layers and Mammals as they meet chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep, cows, and pigs.

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 whole experience. Critter Barn logo T-shirts are included in your class fee along with other take-home samples from the farm.

Our class curriculum changes with the weather, the seasons,

and with who's new in the barn. So you're invited to 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

FIELD TRIPS

 

Field Trip General Info

We offer 2-hour and 4-hour Field Trips to a variety of community-based organizations: public and private schools, home schools, day care centers, preschools, summer day camps, charitable organizations, church groups, and clubs.

 

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

To register for your field trip:

 

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.

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