Humane Education for Kids

Education for Our Youth

For nearly five years, we have been building a dynamic program of humane education lessons for our Petaluma and Penngrove schools.  From a simple start of a few different lessons, we now offer ten classroom experiences, from dog safety to disaster preparedness for pets, to classroom experiments connecting dogs to wolves, to an experience of being a “vet” and figuring out a mystery disease.  During the 2012-13 school year, we taught nearly 1500 local students in day classes, after school programs, Bible Camp and Girl Scout Troop settings. Not only are our lessons free of charge, but each one has been designed to meet State Teaching and Core Standards so that we provide a quality educational program that is fun for the student AND includes demonstration animals to help teach the concepts!  Don’t miss this great opportunity!  See how we combine learning + animals to give your students an engaging, educational experience.

Feedback from Local Teachers

“This was fantastic!  The kids were completely engaged and I love the vocabulary focus” (Vet Lesson/ (Science in the Real World, Meadow School, Fifth Grade)

“The children learned so much.  I would highly recommend this program to all preschools” ( Best Friends, Tiny Tots Preschool)

“The presentation was excellent.  High interest and engagement” (Dogs with Jobs, Mary Collins at Cherry Valley School, Sixth Grade)

“Great program!  Excellent information and well organized presentations” (Be Prepared!  Disaster Preparedness for Pets, Cinnabar School, Fourth Grade

Why Humane Ed: State Standards

Why Humane Ed: Character Development

List of Lesson Options

Download our brochure!

Follow these easy steps if you’d like to request a presentation for your classroom:

redgirlswithdog1. Our classes are listed in order based on grade level from pre-K to eighth grade.  After doing a preliminary selection of the lesson that would fit your students, contact Donna to request the lesson and ask any questions about how you think it may fit your curriculum and class’ needs.  We want to make sure the lesson is a good match.

2. Select three dates and times that are your top choices and provide that information.  In scheduling, remember that some lessons have two parts and those are typically done a week apart.  Donna will work with her teams to check availability and schedule your lesson. You will have a phone or email confirmation at that time.

3. Seven to ten days prior to the lesson, a teacher packet will be delivered to your school.  It will confirm our visit and provide other material such as guidelines on classroom behavior around an animal.  On the day of your lesson, our team will arrive fifteen minutes early and be ready with our dogs, tools, handouts and smiles to deliver a fun and educational experience!


Contact Donna Forst, Program Director to schedule a visit, 775-9241.