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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Humane Education Programs 2017-2018

For more information on programs available at DCACC or to schedule a tour or classroom visit please contact Andy Salis at 630.407.2808 or Humane.Education@dupageco.org.

School Year Programs

Fur Buddies (ages 9-12)

Does your child love animals? Do they want to be actively involved in helping animals but are too young to volunteer? Fur Buddies might be the right fit for them! Kids will leave Fur Buddies with a strong understanding of responsible pet care, animal safety, environmental conservation, and will feel empowered to make the world a better place!

Each session of Fur Buddies consists of six 90 minute lessons and runs on Tuesdays from 5-6:30 during fall and spring semesters. The registration fee is $75 per student. 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: Sept. 12, 19, 26/ Oct. 3, 10, 17

Session 2: Jan. 16, 23, 30/ Feb. 6, 13, 20

Shelter Science Saturdays (ages 10-13)

Every third Saturday our Shelter Science Saturday program encourages children to take an interest in science, math, and engineering through fun and interactive animal themed activities! Learn about the pet overpopulation problem and what can be done to correct the issue using math and biology! Understand the importance of vaccination and disease control when an "outbreak" occurs in class! Use principles of engineering and physics to keep our shelter animals active and engaged! Students will get hands on experience with animals, microscopes, and other important tools! Sign your budding scientist up today!

Each session of Shelter Science Saturday consists of four 90 minute lessons offered the third Saturday of the month from 3:00-4:30pm. The registration fee is $50 per student. 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: Sep. 16, Oct.21, Nov. 18, & Dec.16

Session 2: Jan 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, & April 21

Project Pet (Grades K- 8)

Let us bring the shelter to your classroom! Project Pet is a a once a month program where our Humane Educator comes to you! 30-60 minute interactive lessons are taught through stories, games, activities, presentations, and video clips! An ambassa-animal will come along to assist! "Homework" is left for each child and small gifts will be given to those who complete it! Visiting the classroom each month helps students build upon previous knowledge and has the children learning all year long!

Topics Covered:

  • Responsible Pet Care
  • Safety Around Animals
  • Role of the Shelter in the Community
  • Pet Overpopulation
  • Animal Careers
  • And so much more!

To schedule your class for Project Pet please  fill out the registration form and waiver (found on the right side of this page). The form can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. fill out a registration form found on the right hand side of the page. Registration fee for Project Pet is $150. Dates will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

Scout Program

The Scout Program offered at DCACC offers Boy & Girl Scouts the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the life-saving work done at DCACC while also learning about what they can do to help animals in their community. Scouts will get an interactive behind-the-scenes tour, make new furry friends, and complete a small service project by creating enrichment items for out shelter animals.

Details

The Scout Patch program is available during the school year from September - May. The 1.5 hour program is designed for 5-12 participants. You may schedule multiple programs for larger groups. To schedule a tour, the troop leader should contact Humane Educator Andy Salis at 630-407-2808/ Andrea.Salis@dupageco.org. Tours require a $5 donation per child and are offered Monday-Saturday. 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. A waiver & release form 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. Waivers can  be printed here ( Waiver & Release Form).

    Summer Camps 2017

    AniPals Day Camp (ages 6-8)

    Campers will learn about responsible pet care, bite prevention, animal behavior, and living with wild animals through interactive games, crafts, and story time. And of course campers will get daily animal time with our shelter pets!

    One session of AniPals will run over the summer. The session is 5 days long and camp will run from 9am- 1pm. The registration fee is $150 per camper. 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.

    2017 AniPals Session Dates:

    • June 19-23, 9am-1pm

    Friends Furever Day Camp (ages 9-12)

    Friends Furever focuses on responsible pet care and the lifelong commitment of owning a pet. Children will about topics such as: animal communications, pet safety, wild vs. domestic and so much more through engaging activities, crafts, story time, and games. Daily animal interaction will allow campers to practice their new animal skills.

    Three sessions of Friends Furever will run over the summer. Each session is 5 days long and camp will run from 9am- 2pm. The registration fee is $150 per camper. 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.

    2017 Friends Furever Session Dates:

    • June 26-30, 9am-2pm
    • July 10-14, 9am-2pm
    • July 17-21, 9am- 2pm

    Future Animal Heroes Day Camp (ages 13-15)

    For the pet-loving youth who wants to make a difference in the life of animals. Campers will learn about topics such as: pet overpopulation, protecting wildlife, animal sheltering and rescue. Guest speakers from animal professions will present on their roles in animal care and give campers the chance to ask questions about pursuing a career in an animal field.

    One session of Future Animal Heroes will run over the summer. The session is 5 days long and camp will run from 9am- 2pm. The registration fee is $175 per camper. 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.

    2017 Future Animal Heroes Session Dates:

    • July 24-28, 9am-2pm

    Petite Paws Mini-Camp (ages 4-5)

    Petite Paws is a 3-day mini-camp designed for children to learn about animal behavior, proper handling, bite prevention and so much more! Campers will participate in games, crafts, story time, and will get to practice soft hands by spending time with our shelter animals!

    One session of Petite Paws will offered over the summer.  The registration fee is $100 per camper. 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.

    2017 Petite Paws Session Dates:

    • July 31- Aug. 2, 9am-11am

    One Day Educational Events

    Can't Commit to an Entire Program? Check Out Our One Day Educational Events!

    Career Exploration Series (ages 12 & Up)

    Do you love animals? Are you interested in pursuing a career in an animal field? The our Career Exploration Series is for you! Animal professionals from various files will be presenting on their professions and what you can do to prepare for a similar career. Presentations will be held through out the summer on Fridays at 4pm. The registration fee is $15 per attendee. 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. 

    2017 Career Exploration Presentation Dates (more to be added soon!):

    • June 16th- Cosley Zoo Animal Caretaker
    • June 23rd- Willowbrook Wildlife Center Naturalist
    • June 30th- DuPage County Animal Care & Control Veterinarian
    • July  14th- Allie Bender, dog trainer, Pet Harmony

    Upcoming Events

    • Clear the Shelters: August 19th

     

     



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    How to Register

    Completed registration forms and waivers can be submitted in person or by mail to:

    120 N. County Farm Rd.
    Attn: Andy Salis
    Wheaton, IL 60187

    Payment is due at the time of registration.