Special Friends Program
Our farm programming extends to children, adults, and the elderly who have disabilities or special needs. Whether your group can come to our farm, or you need us to come to you, our animals and staff are eager to serve you!
Do you know an individual who would benefit from spending time at the farm on a weekly basis with our special education director? We offer one-on-one experiences for children and young adults who need individual encouragement and supervision.
Let’s discuss a plan.
Schools come to our farm with small groups to volunteer on a weekly basis. This offers your students opportunities to learn or practice a variety of life skills, learn about the needs of the animals, and feel a sense of accomplishment!
Bring your group of Senior Citizens for a farm visit! You can tour the farm or meet in our classroom for a presentation. Our staff and volunteers will bring farm animals to you as you relax in our classroom to make your experience easier if needed. Our animals and interacting with them is very entertaining!
Off-site We bring our animals to retirement homes, nursing homes, group homes, and organizations that serve people who cannot travel to the farm. Call us for more information.
On a recent visit to Indian Trails camp for children and youth with special needs, a magical moment happened. The one hour visit with farm animals was finished and our animals were being packed into the van to go home.
A mentor and a young lady in a wheelchair approached our staff person and apologized for being late. “We didn’t make it to your event, we’re so sorry. Laura was hoping to see a bunny today!”
Our staff person saw Laura’s disappointed expression and immediately headed for the van and the cage of a special bunny named Ebert. Our staff person carefully held Ebert on Laura’s chest, because Laura is not able to move her arms. Her beautiful smile tells you how happy Laura was!
This program embodies the core of our mission at the Critter Barn, for ALL to be able to learn about and enjoy the miracles at the farm. If you would like more information, or to Volunteer to help with this program, please click the button below.