Humane Education Program:

K-12 Youth Education

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center has a variety of inspiring and empowering humane education programs! Whether you are a teacher wanting a classroom presenter, a scout leader seeking a shelter visit, or a student looking for a way to help animals – we have something for you!

For information on the following humane education programs, please contact our Humane Education Manager, Karen Potocek, at [email protected] or 973.377.7094 Ext. 234.

St. Hubert’s is proud to announce the launching of our Youth Ambassador Program, which allows youth of all ages to help animals and connect with other animal-loving peers. Participants can choose from six exciting projects that will directly help animals. These projects are self-paced and designed for students of any grade level (younger students will likely need an adult’s assistance for some of these projects). After completing a project, students will receive a St. Hubert’s Certificate of Appreciation.

The six Youth Ambassador Projects are,

·         Create Enrichment Toys for the Animals at St. Hubert’s

·         Collect Donated Items for St. Hubert’s

·         Fundraise for St. Hubert’s

·         Educate Your Classmates about How to Help Homeless Pets

·         Build a Winter Cat Shelter

·         Perform Community Outreach for St. Hubert’s

St. Hubert’s will host Youth Ambassador gatherings, where animal-loving students can meet each other, share their projects, and participate in exciting activities.

St. Hubert’s also offers free classroom presentations and shelter visits, led by our Humane Educator who was a public school teacher in NJ for 10 years. These offerings for students in Kindergarten to 12th grade include, 

Kind Choices: Animals in Need

Available for: Kindergarten- 2nd Grade
Our beginning program is designed to gently introduce the tenets of companion animal care, respect and welfare related issues to our youngest students. Through interactive storytelling lessons in a variety of animal related topics, students will engage their feelings of compassion for those animal subjects by exercising their empathy and through interactive discussion and reflection.


Girl Scouts meet our 3 lovely Humane Ed. rodents, Honore, Nimh, and Thumbelina thanks to our small animal specialist P.J.!

Safety & Respect: Understanding Body Language

Students will exercise their skills in reading body language in both people and animals through visual role playing and class interaction. We will discuss cat and dog safety and dog bite prevention and students’ experiences with the animals in their own lives. Through conversation and student response we will help students to brainstorm positive alternatives to diffusing conflict and engage their empathy and compassion for the emotional lives of other beings. 
Available for: 3rd Grade & 4th Grade

Empathy & Kindness: Influencing Your World

Students will learn about age appropriate animal related issues that we work with at St. Hubert’s as well as abroad in animal welfare including spay and neuter programs, animal adoption and rehoming, animal emergencies, and treating animals in the entertainment and food industry with respect.  Through discussion, a visual presentation and reflective activity, students will learn about the emotional lives of non-human animals and the meaning of being an agent of positive change for both people and animals.
Available for: 5th Grade & 6th Grade


Circle of Compassion

Students will explore the idea of empathy while they identify who they include in their circle of compassion. Objectification of both people and animals will be introduced as well as the consequences of such actions, such as puppy mills, dog tethering, and factory farming.  Finally, students will learn what they can do to make a positive difference for those being oppressed.

Available for: 7th through 12th Grades


For School Club & Scout Programs:

(For students in Boy Scout and Girl Scout Programs)

Boy Scouts celebrate their impressive collection of donations for our shelter animals;  Our Humane Education classes help in our mission to rescue and save the lives of homeless animals and promote understanding, compassion and responsibility.  We appreciate donations to help us continue this work.

We offer educational tours and various service projects throughout the year to encourage and empower young people about the ways they can contribute positively to our communities. Inquire within to learn more. 

For information or to schedule your class or group:

Please email or call our Humane Education Manager at [email protected] or  973.377.7094 Ext. 234.         


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