Humane Education for Teachers

By educating tomorrow's pet guardians, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is working toward a more humane community where animals are inherently valued and owners are committed to their pets. Opportunities for teachers to promote the core virtues of compassion, respect, empathy, integrity, and citizenship lie in humane education lessons. We can provide in-school presentations, shelter tours, and curriculum resources to help teach these important life lessons.

In-School Presentations:

Five different classroom presentations are available for elementary students, combining a hands-on approach to learning with age-appropriate information to engage the children.   The presentations run from 30 to 60+ minutes, depending on the age of the students, the size of the group, and the topic.  All programs have been coordinated to the Colorado Model Content Standards.

Humane Means Kind (Preschool – 1st grade)
Animals are alive and deserve our respect. Students learn kind and safe ways to enjoy animals by interacting with Humane Society pets. (CO Standard Science 3.1)

Safety Around Animals (1st - 6th grade)
Young children are frequent victims of dog attacks. By practicing safety procedures, children become more aware of how animals communicate and how to protect themselves during an encounter. (CO Standard Science 3.1, Health 3.0)

Wild or Domesticated? (2nd – 3rd grade)
Why don't hummingbirds make good pets? Through stories and games, children learn the difference between pets and wild animals and how they can "love" all life. (CO Standard Science 3.1, Reading/Writing 4.1)

Responsible Pet Care (1st – 6th grade)
Pets are depending on us to enjoy a good life. Stuffed animals entice students to remember all pets' needs, while reminding them what fun they can be! (CO Standard Science 3.1)

Pet Overpopulation (3rd – 6th grade)
Too many pets exist without enough good homes. Children join in a skit to help visualize how pet overpopulation occurs, while working on solutions. (CO Standard Science 3.1, Math 2.3)

Programs for Middle and High School students are developed on an as-needed basis.

Shelter Tours:

We invite your group to visit the shelter to see the different animals that depend on us for their care. Tours involve an introductory presentation describing the scope of the Humane Society’s work and our impact on the community. Groups will then tour the facility and visit with a couple of critters.

Teacher Resources:

Subscriptions to Kind News, a publication that focuses on kindness to animals and the earth, provide students with an engaging exposure to non-fiction reading. Thanks to a grant sponsored by The Lauretta Boyd Charitable Trust, Kind News is offered as a free resource to teachers. Sets of 28 magazines arrive bi-monthly and include interesting articles, activity ideas, and stories of humane kids all over the world.

Teachers may borrow different videos that reinforce lessons on animals in our ecosystem, the fun and responsibility of pet ownership, bite safety, or compassion and the humane movement. Ideas for curriculum activities, kid-friendly books, and creative projects are available to expand current classroom studies.

If you're looking to adopt a classroom pet, contact us to learn more about caring for small animals. We offer a variety of resources, and can help you find a great critter for your classroom.

Donations are appreciated, and sometimes required, in order to help with the costs of providing these valuable learning opportunities. To make reservations or to learn more about educational offerings, please email [email protected] or call 719.302.8739.