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Kids can become kindness experts at any age thanks to our humane education lessons.

Our school programs support professional educators, complementing their goals while sharing our vision. We key our lessons to California State Standards and create specialized programs for schools and other community organizations. Programs are led by our education staff and/or volunteer docents and their trained animal ambassadors.

There is no charge for these programs, but donations are always welcome. Many groups like to collect items from our Wish List or work on a fundraiser before their visit. Check out Compassion in Action for some ideas. We always need small bags of dog and cat food and other supplies for our Pet Care Assistance program.

Kindergarten – 3rd grade: “Playing It Safe With Dogs” (45 minutes)
This dog bite prevention lesson includes a short video followed by Q&A. We then discuss how to safely meet a dog and how to act respectfully around dogs. Each student will have the opportunity to practice safely meeting a dog.

Pre-school – 1st grade: “Sharing Sam” (30 minutes)
A felt board presentation tells the story of a stray dog being found, brought to the shelter, and adopted. The basic needs of pets and how similar they are to ours will be emphasized and each student will have the opportunity to meet a dog and practice safely meeting a dog.

Kindergarten: “The Five Senses” (30 minutes)
Did you know that a dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than a human’s? Students compare and contrast their senses and a dog’s in this lesson. Each student will have an opportunity to observe the dog’s senses and practice safely meeting a dog.

1st and 2nd grade: “Animal Care” (30 minutes)
This interactive lesson helps students identify what animals need to live a happy and healthy life. Each student will have the opportunity to meet a dog and practice safely meeting a dog.

3rd grade: “Dogs Breeds” (45 minutes)
Students will learn about the variety of dog breeds, their varied behaviors and needs, and domestication, followed by a discussion on choosing appropriate pets. As part of the lesson, there will be at least two animal ambassador dogs for comparison. Each student will have an opportunity to practice safely meeting a dog.

4th grade: “Living with Our Wild Neighbors” (45 minutes)
Students will learn about the wild animals who share our community, how we can coexist, and how we can help them. This is followed by a discussion about differences between wild and domestic animals, and the prey/predator relationship in the wild.

2nd – 5th grade: “Animal Services Officer Visit” (30 minutes)
A Marin Humane Animal Services Officer visits with students to discuss their work in the community. They will share rescue stories and show off their unique equipment with a tour of their truck.

6th – 12th grade
For older students, we have student service clubs that meet twice on campus twice a month. Animal Care Club is for middle school students and Roots & Shoots is for high school students. We also encourage independent youth community service projects for this age group.

Additional Lessons for Any Age

For more information, call 415.506.6288 or submit an education program request now.

Contact our Youth Program Manager about developing a specific program just for your students!