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


Are you a teacher, troop leader or parent who’s interested in teaching kids about homeless animals in Marin and what they can do to help all creatures, great and small? We offer a 90-minute presentation at our Novato campus that includes a tour. We can also bring humane education programs to the classroom as a 30-45 minute presentation. Programs can be tailored to fit your educational goals. Many are already keyed to the California State Science, Math, and Social Studies frameworks. Programs are led by volunteer docents and their trained animal ambassadors.

Submit an education program request now.

As a nonprofit, Marin Humane does not charge for our programs. But many groups collect items from our Wish List or work on a fundraiser prior to our presentation. A donation is a great way to give back to the animals while you’re here! The suggested donation (not required) is $20 per class.

Kindergarten – 3rd grade: “Playing It Safe With Dogs” (45 minutes)
A short video followed by a Q&A session on acting safely around dogs. Each student will get 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 practice safely meeting a dog.

Kindergarten: “The Five Senses” (30 minutes)
A presentation about our senses through interactive material. The dog’s senses are compared to the child’s and the dog demonstrates some of their senses. Each student will have an opportunity to practice safely meeting a dog.

1st grade: “Animal Care” (30 minutes)
An interactive lesson with a visual of needs that compares the dogs’ needs with the students. How these needs are similar and different is explained, as well as how students can help their families provide proper care to companion animals. Each student will have an opportunity to practice safely meeting a dog.

2nd grade: “Animal Heroes” (30 minutes)
Defines a hero and how we all can be heroes for animals, while focusing on people who work to help animals. Discusses ways children can become animal heroes. Each student will have an opportunity to practice safely meeting a dog.

3rd grade: “Dogs Breeds” (45 minutes)
A Power Point presentation about the variety of dog breeds and a discussion on domestication. Examines the behavior and physical traits of different breeds and mixes with a focus on choosing appropriate pets for specific lifestyles. Each student will have an opportunity to practice safely meeting a dog.

4th grade: “Living with Our Wild Neighbors” (45 minutes)
An introduction to wild animals that share our community, how we can coexist, and how we can help them. Includes a discussion about differences between wild and domestic animals, and the prey/predator relationship in the wild. Each student will have an opportunity to practice safely meeting a dog.

5th grade: “Scat!” (45 minutes)
A Power Point presentation that includes an in-depth study of the digestive systems of humans and dogs, followed by a discussion of scat, the end product of digestion. What can we learn from studying scat? Each student will have an opportunity to practice safely meeting a dog.

2nd – 5th grade: “Humane Officer Visit” (30 minutes)
Meet a Marin Humane officer and learn all about their work in the community. They will share rescue stories and show off their unique equipment with a truck tour.

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

Additional Lessons for Special Day Classes

For more information, or to schedule a program, call 415.506.6288.

Contact our education department about developing a specific program just for your students!

Here are some suggested humane education online resources:
Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education
Animal Welfare Online (lesson plan database)
Humane Society of the United States (KIND News/Humane lesson plans)
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

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