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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Humane Education Programs 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.

Summer Camps & Programs

Animal Tales: ages 5-7

Join us every Thursday at DuPage County Animal Care & Control for Animal Tales! Children will enjoy an animal themed story, craft, and/or activity and get to meet some of our amazing shelter animals! Children will learn about responsible pet care, safe animal interactions, environmental stewardship, and so much more!

 

Each session of Animal Tales lasts one hour and will be held Thursdays from 10-11:00am starting on June 14th. The registration fee for Animal Tales is $45. Registration must be completed at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. A registration form and waiver (found on the right hand side of the page) can be downloaded and returned to the shelter in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187 Attn: Education Department. Credit card payments only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the program.

Animal Advocates: ages 10-13

For the animal-loving youth who wants to make a difference in the lives of animals. Campers will get a behind-the-scenes look at animal sheltering, learn about the inhumane treatment of commercially bred animals from The Puppy Mill Project, and practice detective skills as Animal Cruelty Investigators! Through presentations, engaging activities, and animal interactions campers will learn about animal welfare issues and become empowered to make a difference in their communities!

Animal Advocates runs June 11th- June 13th from 9-12:00pm. The registration fee for Animal Advocates is $150. A registration form and waiver (found on the right side of the page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. Credit card payment only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the program. 

Animal Doctors: ages 10-13

Purrfect for campers who love animals and want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine one day. Animal Doctors will give campers an inside look at what veterinary medicine is all about! Hear from our Veterinary Administrator and Veterinary technician, get a chance to perform a mock surgery, and practice detective skills to find the source of a rapidly spreading disease! Animal Doctors provides a fun, engaging look into the world of veterinary medicine using hands on projects, guest speakers, and games!

Animal Doctors runs June 18th- June 20th from 9-12:00pm. The registration fee for Animal Doctors is $150. A registration form and waiver (found on the right side of the page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. Credit card payment only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the program. 

Land of the Lorax: ages 10-13

Is your child a nature nut? Land of the Lorax is the summer camp for them! Campers will learn about environmental stewardship and wildlife protection from SCARCE, Willowbrook Wildlife Center, and the Department of Natural Resources. Engaging activities and games will have campers thinking about their environmental footprint and how they can make a difference in the world!

Land of the Lorax runs June 25th- June 27th from 9-12:00pm. The registration fee for Land of the Lorax is $150. A registration form and waiver (found on the right side of the page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. Credit card payment only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the program. 

Fido Fluent: ages 10-13

Fido Fluent is sure to a be a pawsome time for the dog aficionado in your family! Campers will learn about dog training, how to read dog body language, dog jobs, and so much more! Through engaging games, activities, guest presenters, and lots of hands on time with dogs campers will leave camp fluent in dog and they'll have a great time learning!

Fido Fluent runs July 9th-July 11th from 9-12:00pm. The registration fee for Fido Fluent is $150. A registration form and waiver (found on the right side of the page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. Credit card payment only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the program. 

All Creatures Great and Small: ages 7-9

All Creatures Great and Small focuses on the needs of our smaller furry friends! Campers will learn all they need to know to rake care of Guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, and all manner of tiny friends! Guest speakers from outside rescues will bring in exotic friends to meet the campers and provide plenty of interaction time. And, of course, there will be kittens!

All Creatures Great and Small runs July 16th-July 18th from 9-12:00pm. The registration fee for All Creatures Great and Small is $150. A registration form and waiver (found on the right side of the page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. Credit card payment only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the program.

AniPals: ages 7-9

AniPals focuses on responsible pet care and the lifelong commitment of owning a pet. Campers will learn about topics such as: animal communication, humane animal care, and animal sheltering through engaging activities, crafts, story time, and games! Daily animal interactions will allow campers to practice their new animal skills!

AniPals runs July 23rd- July 25th from 9-12:00pm. The registration fee for AniPals is $75. A registration form and waiver (found on the right side of the page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. Credit card payment only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the program.

Petite Paws: ages 5-6

Petite Paws is a two day Mini-Camp designed for children to learn about animal behavior, safe animal interactions, humane animal care, and so much more through games, story time, and crafts! Campers will get to practice soft hands by spending time with out shelter animals!

Petite Paws runs July 30-31st from 9-11:00am. The registration fee for Petite Paws is $50. 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 the page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. Credit card payment only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the program.  

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).  

School Year Programs

FUR BUDDIES (AGES 10-13)

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 Wednesdays 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: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25/ Nov. 1, 8

Session 2: Jan. 17, 24, 31/ Feb. 7, 14, 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 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 $25 per visit or $75 for four. Dates will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

 

     

     

    Registration

    Summer Programs

    Jr Counselors

    Animal Education Programs

    Fall registration forms coming soon!

      Scout Tours

      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.