School Visitation Program and Tours

School Visitation Program

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

Through learning, leading and lending a hand, every child can make a positive difference in the welfare of animals. Children can provide a voice for our animals and help reduce the number of mistreated and abandoned pets in our communities.

The School Visitation Program is available to all schools within Waterloo Region free of charge.  Our Educators and their certified canine partners deliver Ontario curriculum-informed lesson plans to students, from preschool to high school, reaching over 30,000 students annually.  Topics include:

Grade Topic
KindergartenTails Are Not For Pulling
Students learn about responsible pet care and safety around neighbourhood animals.
Grade OneAnimals Can Talk
Students learn basic animal behavior, how to approach a dog safely and how to treat animals with respect.
Grade TwoThe Perfect Pet Partner
Students learn how to care for their pet’s needs, characteristics of various animals and how they can positively impact animals in their community.
Grade ThreeOur Wild Neighbours
Students learn how to co-exist with urban wildlife, challenges relating to our shared habitat, and how to develop solutions to create healthy neighbourhoods for all.
Grade FourThe Choices We Make
Students learn about local bylaws, animal cruelty, the Humane Society’s role in their community and how to responsibly advocate for animals in their neighbourhood.
Grade FiveMaking the Perfect Choice
Students examine actions taken by governments to improve animal welfare, and ways they can be responsible pet advocates and citizens.
Grade SixPet Explosion
Students learn the benefits derived from biodiversity and how it affects them, how to demonstrate personal responsibility in caring for one’s pets and how their actions can affect others within their community.
Grade Seven & EightWorking with Animals
Students examine relationships between themselves and animals, and how they can contribute to a sustainable world through career opportunities in animal welfare and care.

To request a visit from one of our education teams, please contact communityprograms@awasco.ca. If you have received a visit from our education team recently we would appreciate your input. Please fill out our short online survey HERE.

Centre Tours

Educational tours of our centre are available from 11am – 5pm for a maximum of 25 people, and last approximately 45 minutes. We also welcome booking your community group for special educational presentations on various topics at your location.

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 2017/18 school year. Field trips are scheduled after 11:00 a.m. only and are 1h30 minutes to 1h45 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 centrr 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 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.
  • Animal communication (recommended for junior and intermediate 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.

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

*animal interaction is dependant 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: communityprograms@awasco.ca for information and pricing.