Field trips and group programs

Kids on a field trip at AHS.

Group education programs and shelter tours have returned! Do you have a Girl Scout troop, youth, or young adult group that is looking for an animal-related outing? Check out our offerings below and request a group program for the 2023-2024 school year.

Please note: Group programs will be hosted at our shelter locations only for groups of up to 15-20 participants depending on the location. Alternatively, we also offer virtual sessions with an educator or, if you're interested in having an AHS educator come to your school or community group, please contact us to learn more about our Educator Visits.

Looking for a virtual option?

We offer 40-minute virtual sessions with an AHS educator + an animal guest! Learn more and request a virtual session.

AHS group programs feature interactive, educational presentations about specific subjects in animal welfare. Programs are tailored to the audience’s age level and interests and are available to all audiences including friend and family groups, schools, clubs, home school groups, and community organizations.

Programs are hosted at our shelter locations and are 45-60 minutes unless otherwise specified. 

While other AHS programs may include an appearance by a small animal companion, animal contact is not part of these presentations.

Schedule a group program at AHS

First review program pricing and important details, then complete our request form to schedule a group program. 

Want more time at the shelter? Add a shelter tour to your field trip for an additional fee.

Request a group program

Program descriptions

The Good Kind Giant (Grades K-1)

This story-telling program features a giant who adopts a pet boy, but doesn’t understand the needs of a human child. Through the story, students gain greater understanding of compassion toward pets by learning about the importance of proper care. For grades K-1.

Length: Approximately 45 minutes

My Pet Needs to Know (Grades 2-3)

This program encourages students to identify the basic needs that pets share through interactive learning using a variety of pet care items. For youth in grades 2-3.

Length: Approximately 45 minutes

Understanding Pet Language (Grades 3-7)

This presentation teaches students basic information about the ways animals communicate their needs and emotions through body language. Understanding what an animal is saying increases empathy and respect and can also keep children safe. For grades 3-7.

Length: Approximately 45 minutes

Animal Related Careers (Grades 7-12)

This presentation highlights the wide variety of animal-related careers to students, including roles in animal science, medicine, care, behavior, and more. Students will discuss the benefits and challenges of these careers and learn more about the training and education required to pursue them. For grades 7 and up.

Length: Approximately 1 hour


Review our education program policies and FAQs. For additional information about group programs, please complete our contact form.