School Visits and Tours

School Visits

My grade one class attended one of your delightful presentations and learned so much!  The information was presented with a logical, creative and multi-sensory approach!  We look forward to your next visit! ~ Mrs. Dawn Murray, Baden Public School

Humane Education Curriculum 2019-2020

Humane Education is about learning to care for the animals in our homes and communities. It is about fostering kindness, respect and empathy for animals. We strive to establish a sense of responsibility and make our community a better, more ‘humane’ place.  Presentation Overview:

Grade Topic
JK / SKLet's be Safe
Students learn about the importance of understanding animal behaviour and steps they can take to keep themselves safe. Hands-on practice of the ‘Be a Tree’ and ‘Be a Rock’ safety positions give the children tools to protect themselves around stray animals. Children practice the safe approach to meeting a new dog. An activity sheet is provided.
Grade OnePets Can Talk
Pets communicate with us using their bodies. The children will review animal body language so they can make good, safe choices around their pets. They will also determine a set of rules to follow whenever they interact with pets. Children practice the safe approach to meeting a new dog with the Education Dog. An activity sheet is provided.
Grade TwoThe Perfect Pet Partner
To be the perfect pet partner, we must provide: food, water, shelter, grooming, medical care, and love. By following the 3 P’s (Provide, Protect and Prevent) we can make sure that we are perfect pet partners. We must care for our pet even when we don’t feel like it. Safe and Unsafe items for pets is also reviewed. An activity sheet is provided.
Grade ThreeOur Wild Neighbours
Students identify some wildlife they may see in the city. Discussions about how we can help wildlife. Wildlife should stay in the wild. An activity sheet is provided.
Grade FourThe Choices We Make
Students talk about the importance of being a responsible pet owner. They will also define humane and inhumane and analyze a story and a variety of scenarios to determine the humane choices they might make around animals in our community.
Grade FiveMaking the Perfect
Choice

Choosing a pet is a huge decision! The first step anyone should take before getting a pet is to carefully research the needs of the pet and the needs of the family choosing the pet. A story and scenarios challenge the students to think about what types of pets might make good pets for certain people. The children learn the factors one must consider when choosing a pet: type of animal and breed, time, family, cost, behaviour and space.
Grade SixPet Explosion
Students learn about spaying and neutering as an attempt to reduce pet over-population and related behaviour issues. They learn why spaying and neutering is an important part of being a responsible pet owner.
Grade SevenDog's Best Friend
There are a lot of jobs that involve working with animals. Students will learn how to get started working with animals. Discussions will relate to how humans directly and indirectly work with animals.
Grade EightThe Journey to Adoption
Students learn about the steps that are taken during the intake process to ensure that every pet that comes into our centre is properly taken care before they are ready to find their forever loving home. Topics include: behviour assessment, TLC program, veterinary care and our volunteer opportunities that play key a role to helping every animal find a new beginning! Dog safety is also reviewed.

To request a visit from one of our education teams, please contact education@awasco.ca.

Centre Tours

Educational tours of our centre are available from 11am – 5pm for a maximum of 20 people, and last 45 minutes. We also welcome booking your community group for special educational presentations on various topics at your location.

For school tours, please contact:  education@awasco.ca

For after hours tours, please contact: communityprograms@awasco.ca

Field Trips

Are you looking for an exciting learning experience for your class’s field trip this school year?

The Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society is excited to offer our educational school field trips to area classroom teachers in the 2019/20 school year. Field trips are scheduled after 11:00 a.m. only and are 45 minutes or 90 minutes in length.

Your class will receive a guided tour around the building. Students will learn about several aspects of the centre with hands-on interaction with pets along the way*.  After the tour, students can take part in an another educational game, allowing individuals to explore the centre and learn new things that may not have been shared throughout the tour. After this, an interactive lesson is taught in our education room.

Lesson topics include:

  • Animal communication (recommended for primary grades). This lesson discusses the various ways animals “talk” to each other and to us, through sounds and body language, etc. Children will develop an understanding of how to “read” animals.
  • Animal needs (recommended for primary grades). This topic focuses on the three major components that contribute to being a responsible pet owner and to ensure our pets live happy and healthy lives. Children will learn how to provide for and protect their pets and prevent problems.
  •  Choosing the right pet (recommended for primary and junior grades). This topic focuses on the six major components that need to be considered prior to pet adoption. Children will learn the importance of research when deciding on the right pet for them. Time, type, behavior, family, cost and space are discussed.
  • Animal careers (recommended for junior and intermediate grades). Children will learn about what it means to work with animals and for (on behalf of) animals in a presentation about several animal-related careers.

Our field trips are open to students in Grade 1 and up.

* Animal interaction is dependent on the animals in the centre at that time. It is not guaranteed that an animal will be suitable for the group for an interaction.

Please contact: education@awasco.ca for information and pricing.