Humane Education Programs 2017
DuPage County Animal Care and Control's Public Education Department
Humane Heroes (ages 10-13)
Humane Heroes is a six-week after school program available to children ages 10-13. Each six-week session will focus on responsible pet ownership, safety around animals, and animal welfare, but will also incorporate topics such as; endangered animals, animal habitats,and much more!
Two sessions of Humane Heroes will be offered each semester. Each class will meet on Fridays from 4-5:30 p.m. for six weeks. The registration fee is $75 per child. Registration must be completed at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. A registration form (found on the right side of this page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department.
2017 Humane Heroes Session Dates:
- Session 1: Jan. 13, 20, 27/ Feb. 3, 10, 17
- Session 2: Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24/ April 7, 14
- Session 3: Sept. 15, 22, 29/ Oct. 6, 13, 20
- Session 4: Nov. 3, 10,17/ Dec. 1, 8, 15
Week 1- Pawsitive Sheltering
An in-depth look at the functions of DuPage County Animal Care & Control and a behind the scenes tour that aims to educate and answer all questions on animal welfare, overpopulation, and adoption. Help adoptable animals find a home by making an informative and
creative cage card to advertise their pawsitive traits to potential adopters.
Week 2- Speaking Animal
Animals cannot tell us with words how they are feeling, instead they use their bodies. Learning to speak animal is an important step towards safety around animals and responsible pet ownership. Animal body language will be taught through games, videos, and animal interactions.
Week 3- It's Raining Cats & Dogs
Learn about the problem of pet overpopulation and why it is important to spay and neuter our pets. Children will learn the difference between pet stores and animal shelters, and we will work together to come up with some ideas on how to lower the homeless pet population.
Week 4- Paws, Claws, Fins, & Feathers
Learn how to recognize the individual needs of animals and the commitments that being a pet owner entails. Responsible pet ownership will be taught through discussion, activities, and games. Spend some time with the shelter animals and decide if you are ready for a pet of your own!
Week 5-Happenin' Habitats
Explore the different habitats of the world through educational games and activities. Learn what you can do to keep our environment happy and healthy for us and our animal neighbors.
Week 6- Walk on the Wild Side
Explore the wild side of the animal kingdom and take a tour of the world’s endangered species. It’s time to travel to Australia, Africa, South America, and even take a look right here at home to find the disappearing species of the world. Through discussion, stories, and video we will learn what
we can do to protect our endangered species.
Tiny Tots Tuesday (ages 3-6)
Children 3-6 (and our shelter animals!) will love hearing animal themed stories and learning about animal safety and our adoptable animals at Tiny Tots Tuesday! Story time will be held every Tuesday from 11-11:30 p.m. Guaranteed to entertain children and animals alike!
Story time will be held in the spring and fall and will be broken into 6 week sessions. Sign up for one visit or the entire session. The registration fee is $5 per story time. Registration must be completed at least two days prior to the story time date you wish to attend. A registration form (found on the right side of this page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department.
- Session 1:Jan: 10, 17, 24, 31/ Feb. 7, 14
- Session 2: Feb. 21, 28/ Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28
- Session 3: Sept. 12, 19, 26/ Oct. 3, 10, 17
- Session 4: Nov. 7,14, 21, 28/ Dec. 5, 12
Click here for the Tiny Tots Story Time Schedule!
Home School Animal Explorers (ages 7-10 & 11-15)
Home School Animal Explorers is a six-week program held during the day for home schooled students ages 7-10 & 11-15. Each six week session is designed to not only allow home-educated children to learn about and improve the lives of shelter animals but also to participate in hands-on STEM learning that incorporates humane education.
Two sessions of Home School Animal Explorers will be offered each semester. Each class will meet on Thursdays from 11-12:30 p.m. The registration fee is $75 per child. Registration must be completed at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. A registration form and waiver (found on the right side of this page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department.
- Session 1 (ages 7-10): Jan 12, 19, 26/ Feb. 2, 9, 16
- Session 2 (ages 11-15): March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30/ April 6
- Session 3 (ages 7-10): Sept. 14, 21, 28/ Oct. 5, 12, 19
- Session 4 (ages 11-15): Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30/ Dec. 7,14
Girl Scout & Boy Scout Patch Program
New this Year!! DuPage County Animal Care & Control has developed a Pet Care & Animal Safety Patch Program that consists of three levels: Daisy, Brownie/Cub Scout, and Junior Girl Scout/Boy Scout. At each level, the scouts will complete (at home or during troop meetings) a variety of age-appropriate activities designed to teach him or her about being a responsible pet person. The last activity the troop will do is to visit DuPage County Animal Care & Control for a tour (please schedule a month in advance).
To schedule a tour, the troop leader should contact Humane Educator Andy Salis at 630-407-2808/ Andrea.Salis@dupageco.org. Tours require a $25 donation and are offered Monday-Friday only. DuPage County Animal Care & Control iron on patches can be purchased for $2 per patch and will be issued after the activities and tour have been completed.
If you are a Scout Troop Leader, you may download the Leaders Guides by clicking on the links below. All guides include a waiver that must be completed for each scout and submitted the day of the tour. Scouts without signed waivers will not be able to participate in the tour.
Summer Camps 2017
Check back in January for information on the exciting summer camp program at DCACC!
Can't Commit to a Six-Week Course? Check Out Our One Day Educational Events!
Adopt, Don't Shop- Date TBA (Ages 14-17)
Where did that puppy in the window come from? Find out at out Adopt, Don't Shop educational event! The PuppyMill Project will be presenting age appropriate material on the cruelty of puppy mills and lives saved through adoption. Attendees will learn about the impact our choices have on animal welfare through presentation, stories, and discussion.
Bullied Breeds- Postponed Until 2017- (Ages 13-15) Stay Tuned for More information!
Pits for Patriots will be visiting to demonstrate the willing nature of Pit Bulls and their success as service dogs for veterans. Explore the negative impact of stereotyping for humans and animals through games, conversation, and debate. Learn what you can do to stop the bullying of bullied breeds!