Humane Education Programs Fall 2016
DuPage County Animal Care and Control's Public Education Department
Humane Heroes is a six-week after school program available to children ages 8-12. 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 this fall. Each class will meet on Wednesdays 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.
2016 Humane Heroes Session Dates:
- Session 1: Sept. 7,14, 21, 28/ Oct. 5, 12
- Session 2: Oct. 26/ Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30/ Dec. 7
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
Children 4-6 (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 12-12:30 p.m. Guaranteed to entertain children and animals alike!
Story time will be held every Tuesday from September 6th- November 29th. Sign up for one visit of the entire session. The registration fee is $5 for a single visit or $50 for the whole series. 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.
A once-a-week animal-themed story and activity time designed to teach children about responsible pet ownership, animal welfare, and animal safety. Age appropriate animal-themed stories will be read each week and a related activity or craft will be completed after.
Two sessions of Animal Tales will be offered this fall. Each class will meet on Fridays from 4-5:00 p.m. for six weeks. The registration fee is $60 per child. Registration must be completed at least 2 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.
2016 Animal Tales Session Dates
- Session 1: Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30/ Oct. 7
- Session 2: Oct. 14, 21, 28/ Nov. 4, 18/ Dec. 2
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.
Can't Commit to a Six-Week Course? Check Out Our One Day Educational Events!
Bullied Breeds- October 22 from 12:30-5:00PM
October 22nd is National Pit Bull Awareness Day! Come and celebrate with DCACC from 12:30 to 5:00 and learn about Pit Bulls and other breeds at our Bullied Breeds event! 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!
- Two Boston's Adopt-A-Rama- October 1st from 12:00-3:00pm
- Krisers Natural Pet Food Adoption Event- October 2nd from 11:00-2:00pm