Classroom programs

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Classroom programs — onsite only

Classroom programs and shelter tours have returned! Spots fill fast   request a classroom program today.

Bookings for the school year (September - May) have closed. For summer program inquiries, please reach out to our education team.

Please note: Classroom programs will be hosted at our shelter locations only. Educators are not travelling offsite at this time. Alternatively, we also offer virtual sessions with an educator.

Scheduling info and additional details

Learn more about program fees, capacity, scheduling, minimum age requirements, and more.

AHS classroom 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 (small mammals only, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, or domestic rats), animal contact is not part of these presentations.

Schedule a classroom program

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

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

Request a classroom 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 3-6)

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 3-6.

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

Looking for a virtual option?

We offer 30-minute virtual sessions with an AHS educator. Learn more and request a virtual session.

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline