Humane Education Program:
K-12 Youth Education
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center is dedicated to providing services that support healthy human-animal relationships. We believe this begins with education for both youth and adults in building positive and enriching relationships and habits with other beings.
We provide our current program offerings free of charge to schools for students in Kindergarten to 12th grade as follows:
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.
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.
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.
5th Grade & 6th Grade
Challenging Fear-Based Beliefs & Stereotypes
Students will learn about and discuss the ways that people use fear as a tool to justify negative choices or judgements and about how these issues apply to animals. Topics addressed include breed specific legislation, bully breed dogs, species prejudice, as well as peer issues like bullying and historical and contemporary examples of prejudice and conflict. Available for:
7th through 12th Grades
For School Club & Scout Programs:
(For students in Boy Scout and Girl Scout Programs)
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.