Education Presentations, Workshops, and Games

Humane Education Programs

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a number of different Humane Education programs for audiences of all ages, each serving our mission of creating a community of caring. On-site presentations may be combined with an animal encounter and a behind-the-scenes tour of The Anti-Cruelty Society. 

This four visit series provides educational presentations and activities to create awareness on a variety of animal welfare issues all while developing empathy. Over the course of four visits, our education team will present a series of workshops to help students build an understanding of how kindness to animals translates to kindness toward an entire community. The program package can be delivered in four consecutive days or can be spread out over a series of weeks.


Learning objectives include:

  • Promoting empathy and compassion for animals and people
  • Building positive interpersonal relationship skills and celebrating diversity
  • Empowering youth to be advocates in their communities

 
Program Structure:

Day 1: In the “Paw & Order” presentation students learn how to foster compassion and advocate for those in need by studying the famous Society humane investigation case of Sinbad the cat.

Day 2: Through “Understanding Animal Behavior” students learn the basics of body language and positive training practices which can help us communicate and develop empathy for both pets and people.

Day 3: Using the “Building Relationship” presentation, students learn how to form and maintain meaningful and compassionate relationships with animals and people in their community.

Day 4: In this final day of programming, students learn ways to broaden the application of leading a compassionate life through the “Helping Those in Need” presentation. An animal encounter can be requested as part of the final day’s programming.


Additional Details:

  • Age range: 7-12th Grade
  • Length: 60 – 90 minutes per visit
  • For off-sites: A/V required

In this succinct and interactive presentation, students learn how to safely engage with pets, both at home and in the community. Utilizing a variety of teaching tools, from props to life-like animal puppets, our educators impart the importance of treating animals with respect and kindness.

Students learn how to:

  • Meet a new dog
  • Care for pets
  • Be kind to animals

 Additional Details:

  • Age range: Pre-K – 3rd Grade
  • Length: 30 – 60 minutes
  • For off-sites: No A/V required
  • An animal encounter can be requested as part of this presentation package

In this mythical presentation school groups are quizzed on their knowledge of proper pet care while playing a fun and fantastical game. In their quest to help the “Billy Goat Hero” climb the mountain and capture the “Troll King’s” treasure, the students will answer a series of riddles about pets and pet care.

Students learn about:

  • Interest-driven career opportunities
  • What experiences are need for each career
  • Educational path towards each career

 Additional Details:

  • Age range: K-2nd Grade
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • For off-sites: No A/V required
     

This unique multimedia presentation directly engages students while providing real-world application on how to be kind to animals. Told through the famous “Androcles and the Lion” Aesop fable, Society educators set the scene and then empower students to put on a play to recreate this classic story. Utilizing costumes, sound effects, and other media, students recreate this tale in their own unique way while learning principles of empathy and care.

Students learn about:

  • Empathy and compassion
  • The evolution of human/animal relationships
  • The roles animals play in society

Additional Details:

  • Age range: 5th – 8th Grade
  • This presentation is only available on-site at The Anti-Cruelty Society
  • Length: 90 minutes
     

This presentation focuses on fostering compassion and encouraging youth to advocate for both animals and people in their communities. Students are walked through a real-life animal cruelty investigation that was conducted by the Society’s Humane Investigators. This intriguing and interactive presentation teaches students how they too can put their compassion to action.

Students learn about:

  • Community advocacy
  • Humane investigations
  • The Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act

Additional Details:

  • Age range: 4th – 12th Grade
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • For off-sites: A/V required
  • An animal encounter can be requested as part of this presentation package
     

This fast-paced workshop splits groups of students into two teams where they “race” against one another to answer questions about animals. Each round asks the teams to name five possible answers, and if one team is successful in doing so, they advance in the race. This is a great event to book to energize and excite students about the concepts of pet care and compassion.

Students learn about:

  • Basic pet care
  • Animal careers
  • Exotic animals

 Additional Details:

  • Age range: 3rd – 5th Grade
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • For off-sites: No A/V required
     

Based on the hit TV game show, this interactive presentation teaches students all about animals in a fun engaging format. In this workshop two teams of students move across a board answering trivia questions about animals from a variety of categories. Energizing and informative, Pet Jeopardy is a great way to teach basic pet care and animal history concepts to a group of students. 

Students learn about:

  • Domestic and exotic animals
  • Animal lifespans and care
  • Fun animal facts

 Additional Details:

  • Age range: 6-12th Grade
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • For off-sites: No A/V required

This workshop allows high school students to explore the exciting world of animal careers. Presenting everything from classic lines of work like veterinary medicine and pet grooming to non-traditional paths like animal advocacy and wildlife photography, this class teaches students about a wide variety of fields that engage directly with animals.

Students learn about:

  • Interest-driven career opportunities
  • What experiences are need for each career
  • Educational path towards each career

Additional Details:

  • Age range: 7-12th Grade
  • Length: 60 – 90 minutes
  • For off-sites: A/V required
  • An animal encounter can be requested as part of this presentation package

Custom Packages

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a variety of workshops that are designed to work as one-time educational opportunities. Many of these workshops can be bundled together to create a custom package for your classroom. The Society’s education team can help you design a custom program for your group of students. Whether you’re a teacher looking to highlight a pre-existing lesson plan, or an after-school facilitator seeking additional programming enrichment, we’re willing to work with you to develop a series to best meet your teaching needs.

An example of a custom package may include Pet Care & Safety + Facts of Five + A New Pet for Life. More information about each program can be found below. 

We have a variety of additional workshops available upon request. Email us at education@anticruelty.org to book your education event.