Scout programs

Scout programs

We welcome Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops to our shelters! Select from the following to find more information on our unique and comprehensive programs.

Service projects

Is your group looking for a fun community service project? Why not gather the animal-loving troops and conduct a project that benefits Animal Humane Society? We can help you get started with project ideas and tips. Unfortunately, there is high demand for meeting space at Animal Humane Society so we are unable to accommodate additional time for your scout meetings.

Please note that we do not have any opportunities for short-term volunteering at our shelters. Learn more about our volunteer program.

For more information, please call (763) 489-2220 or contact Education online.

Birthday Parties

Birthday parties

Celebrate your birthday with a different kind of party animal!

Animal Humane Society is a natural location for your party animal’s next swingin’ birthday bash. It’s two hours of fun, with a little bit of learning that feels exactly like even more fun. AHS is a unique destination that brings out the big “Happy” in “Happy Birthday”!

BASIC PARTY PACKAGE includes:

  • 1.5 hours of activities led by an AHS educator at any AHS location, including a shelter tour, educational activities, and animal-themed games and crafts
  • An additional half hour for your personal birthday celebration
  • A visit from a special animal guest
  • Printable invitations, decorations, balloons, and a small gift bag for each child
  • Does not include food or paper goods
  • Cost: $200 (a $50 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold a party date)

PIZZA PARTY PACKAGE includes:

  • 1.5 hours of activities led by an AHS educator at any AHS location, including a shelter tour, educational activities, and animal-themed games and crafts
  • An additional half hour for your personal birthday celebration
  • A visit from a special animal guest
  • Printable invitations, decorations, balloons, and a small gift bag for each child
  • Cheese pizza, juice boxes, and all paper goods
  • Cost: $275(a $50 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold a party date)

Families are welcome to bring their own cake and candles.

In order to make your party an amazing experience for your child and their guests, the maximum number of guests is as follows. All children attending must be 7 years of age or older.

Golden Valley: 15 children and 4 adults
Woodbury, Coon Rapids, and Buffalo: 15 attendees (including adults)
St. Paul: 10 attendees (including adults) 

To learn more about AHS Birthday Parties or to reserve your big day with us, contact the AHS education department at (763) 489-2221 or online. You’ll be helping one great cause by throwing one great party.

Visit the birthday party FAQ page.

Pet Set youth club

PetSet Youth Club

Is your child looking for a way to become more involved with animals and the issues that affect them? Is he or she always looking for an opportunity to learn more about pets?

Shelter tours

Shelter tours

Explore Animal Humane Society with a visit to one of our five locations for a group tour led by one of our professional humane educators. Learn more about the history of AHS, the animals we work with, the services we provide to animals and the community, and more. Please be advised that AHS is a temporary home to shelter animals that have not had any therapy training. In that regard, AHS tours are educational in nature, and are not intended to be a therapeutic experience for tour participants.

Tours are offered throughout the year by appointment, and can often be combined with a classroom program. Tours are offered on weekdays at all five shelter locations, during the following hours:

Golden Valley: Monday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Woodbury: Monday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Coon Rapids: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Buffalo: Monday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
St. Paul: Monday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Advanced reservations are required for all tours. Our tour schedules often fill up several weeks in advance, so contact us as early as possible to schedule your group's tour.

Cost: $1 per person ($15 minimum)
Length of tour: 45-60 minutes
Group size (including all adults/chaperones): 

Golden Valley: 5 to 40 people*
Woodbury: 5 to 15 people*
Coon Rapids: 5 to 15 people*
Buffalo: 5 to 15 people*
St. Paul: 5 to 12 people*

*Invite family and friends to make the 5 person minimum!

Minimum age: Participants must be at least 6 years old

Availability: By appointment only. Please call at least 2-4 weeks in advance to schedule your tour.

For more information, please call (763) 489-2220 or contact education online.

Teacher resources

Teacher resources

Kindness Kits

Kindness Kits are curriculum units designed to allow teachers an in-depth exploration of humane themes with their students. Each kit contains a series of lessons and activities, developed around a featured book, that focus on character development, pet ownership, and responsibility for personal choices.   Many lessons also address state or national learnng standards in other curriculum areas.

“Shiloh” (Grades 4-8)

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Classroom programs and workshops

Classroom programs and workshops

Bring our humane education programs to your school or meeting site. Our classroom programs offer interactive presentations provided at your location, tailored to the audience’s age and interest to complement specific subjects. These presentations are available for groups of any kind, including schools, clubs, homeschool groups, and community organizations.

Tours of AHS

Shelter tours

Explore Animal Humane Society with a visit to one of our five locations for a group tour led by one of our professional humane educators.  Learn more about the history of AHS, the animals we work with, the services we provide to animals and the community, and more.  Please be advised that AHS is a temporary home to shelter animals that have not had any therapy training.

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