There are many options available to teach your students about animals, from fundraisers and projects to field trips to the shelter or hosting DCHS for a presentation!
- Donation Drive - Organize a donation drive in your community for items on our wishlist, which can be found here! Some items that we are always in need for are creamy peanut butter, canned squeeze cheese, and canned cat food!
- Education Renovation - Hold a supply drive for DCHS's education department! We are always in need of crayons, markers, animal-themed children's books, sharpies, glue, and other classroom supplies for our many camps and workshops we offer.
- Coin Drive - Decorate old coffee cans and other jars and work with your school and businesses in your area to collect change to donate to the animals in need!
- Critter Treats - Create toys for our rabbits and guinea pigs! Stuff toilet paper tubes with timothy hay for a fun treat.
- Critter Fun - Create nest boxes for our rats and mice! Stuff empty tissues boxes (with the plastic removed) with small pieces of fleece for the critters to play in.
- Can Collecting - Collect aluminum soda cans, crush them, and bring them to the shelter! We recycle them to raise money for our animals.
- Build a Bench - Build a bench that can be placed on the dog walking trails at the shelter for our dogs and volunteers to relax on.
- Adoption Day Kits - Create kits for our newly adopted animals to help them settle in at their new forever home! Include a small bed, blanket, toy, and store-bought treats so the animal can have a great first night in their home.
- Adoption Posters – Design and decorate posters for DCHS to hang up at the shelter! Focus on a type of animal and encourage people to adopt them by including fun facts about them and their care! Or create posters to help our animals stay healthy telling visitors not to touch animals in their cages.
- Blanket Beds - Create fleece blankets or beds for our cats to use at the shelter, or for adopters to take home when they adopt a new pet!
Field Trip to the Shelter
Come spend the day with us and see firsthand what the humane society has to offer! Enjoy a behind -the-scenes tour of the shelter, interact with our classroom animals, read to our animals or have a lesson on an animal or environmental topic of your choice, and enjoy your lunch on our grounds!
Field trips may be scheduled Monday - Friday for a maximum of a 2.5 hour block between 9:00am-2:00pm. The rate for a field trip is $10/child and $5/chaperone, with no charge for teachers. There is a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 40 per field trip per day.
The suggested outline for a field trip is below, but we can accommodate to your preferences:
- 45 minute behind-the-scenes tour
- 30 minutes classroom animal interaction
- 45 minute interactive lesson of your choice
- You may select one of the presentations or programs listed below, or if you have an idea not listed we can create a lesson for your group!
- 30 minutes to enjoy your lunch at our facility in our presentation room or outside, weather permitting.
To schedule a field trip or learn more, please contact the DCHS Humane Educator at [email protected] or (608) 838-0413 ext. 115. Please allow for a minimum of one month in advance to schedule a tour.
A behind-the-scenes tour is available for all grade levels! During the hour tour, students will learn all about how DCHS operates, witness the staff and volunteers in action, and see the available animals. Students will also learn about specific animals and their care while handling the classroom animals. We are able to accommodate to groups of all sizes, and our fees for tours are listed below:
- 1-15 Participants: $25
- 16-30 Participants: $50
- 31-45 Participants: $75
To schedule a tour, please contact the DCHS Humane Educator at [email protected] or (608) 838-0413 ext. 115. Please allow for a minimum of one week in advance to schedule a tour.
Let Dane County Humane Society come to you! Our Humane Educator will visit your school or organization at your request. Presentation fees go toward caring for all the homeless animals at DCHS. Presentations are individually tailored for pre-schools, scout meetings, library programs, senior facilities, youth clubs, special events, and more! We are able to accommodate groups of all sizes, but ask that larger groups be divided into groups of no more than 20 participants. We can cover the variety of topics listed below. If you do not see a topic on what you are interested in, please contact us and we can develop a presentation specifically for your group!
If you are looking for something a little more standards-based, consider hosting one of our classroom programs. We can create a program that is specific to your needs, or you can select one of our more popular programs below!
Dane County Humane Society
- Learn about the shelter and what we do as a private non-profit organization to help over 9,000 animals a year!
- Learn how to care for different types of animals and meet some of our education animals!
- Did you know that 77% of dog bites involving children are from dogs that they know? Learn how to be safe and kind around dogs that you know and that you may meet in your neighborhood!
Four Lakes Wildlife Center
- What should you do if you find an orphaned or injured wild animal? Learn about our wildlife rehabilitation center and how to care for native wildlife in your own backyard.
- Learn the key characteristics of insects in great detail and learn about the different adaptations they have!
Pow! Blam! Kaboom!
- Did you know that animals have superpowers? Learn about animal adaptations that are similar to superhero powers, such as camouflage and regeneration of limbs.
Any of the presentations above may be given at each time limit or turned into an interactive workshop with the addition of a craft or game!
- 30 minutes - $40
- 45 minutes - $50
- 1 hour - $60
Add a 15 minute craft or game to the presentation for an additional $20!
If you are interested in booking multiple presentations on the same day, please contact the Humane Educator for those fees.
*Additional travel expenses may apply.
To book a presentation, please contact the DCHS Humane Educator at [email protected] or (608) 838-0413 ext. 115.
Multiple Reservation Discount
A school or organization who books multiple reservations for school groups at one time (but for presentations on different days) will receive a 10% discount on program fees.
Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance should I book my program or tour?
All events are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, we recommend that schools book presentations and tours as early as possible.
I am looking for a presentation topic that is not listed above. Do you have any other options?
The DCHS Humane Educator would be more than happy to develop a program that would meet the needs of the students at your school. Feel free to reach out with an idea or question and they will be happy to help!