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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Humane Education Programs 2018-2019

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

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Scout Program

The Scout Program offered at Animal Services offers Boy & Girl Scouts the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the life-saving work done at Animal Services 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.  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

Animal Tales: ages 5-7

Join us every Wednesday evening at DuPage County Animal Services 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 Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm. The registration fee for Animal Tales is $100. Registration must be completed at least two days 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.

Session 1: Nov. 7, 14, 28/ Dec. 5, 12, 19

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

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, animal health, and will feel empowered to make the world a better place!

Each session of Fur Buddies consists of six 60 minute lessons and runs on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 during fall and spring semesters. The registration fee is $100 per student. Registration must be completed at least two days 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. 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.

Session 1: Nov. 6, 13, 27/ Dec. 4, 11, 18

Session 2: Jan. 15, 22, 29/ Feb. 5, 12, 19

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.

 

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