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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Humane Education Programs 2017

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.

After School Programs

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

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

Week 1: Behind the Scenes at DCACC (animal welfare): 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.

Week 2: Dogs & Cats Everywhere! (math/graphing): Students will calculate and graph the possible reproductive impact of one un-spayed/un-neutered cat pair over the course of one year. The pet overpopulation problem will be discussed and its effects on both animals and the community as well as what can be done to reduce the number of animals living in shelters.

Week 3: "Fixing" the Pet Overpopulation Problem (biology): In Week 2 students will stretch their math muscles and learn about the pet overpopulation problem. In Week 3 students will explore the biology of a spay surgery and learn about the impact spaying and neutering can have on overpopulation. They will strap on some surgical gloves and perform a mock spay surgery of their own!

Week 4: Engaging Animals (engineering/physics): Keeping animals' minds active and engaged is an important aspect of animal care at DCACC. Students will work together using concepts from physics and engineering to create treat catapults to keep our shelter dogs happy. Students will provide enrichment for shelter dogs while learning how force affects the motion of a projectile and the difference between accuracy and precision.

Week 5: Hot Rod, Hot Dog (physics/biology/math/graphing): Do you know how quickly a car can reach deadly temperatures for dogs when it's parked in the sun with the windows cracked on a warm, sunny day? Students will enjoy applying concepts in physics, biology, and mathematics to find out and to understand why we need to keep our dogs cool and outside of parked cars.

Week 6: Walk on the Wild Side (environmental science): In Week 6 students will 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, video, and (weather pending) a nature walk through the DuPage County Campus students will learn what they can to do to help protect our endangered species.

 

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. Waivers can also 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

 

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

 

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Registration

Animal Education Programs

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Jr Counselors

One Day Education Events

     

       

      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.