Humane Education Programs
Pet Care Basics: Programs include a discussion of what HSCC doesfor the community, what it means to be a responsible pet owner, and being safe around all animals. Choose from the following:
Pet Care Grab Bag
A Home for Nathan
Groundhogs: Learn all about groundhogs...their habitat, hibernation, what they eat, anatomy, whether thye really can predict when winter will end, and much more.
Getting a Bat Attitude: Bats are often one of the most misunderstood and fewared animals. You will discover that bats are really amazing, helpful and important creatures. Though many species are becoming threatened at an alarming rate, this program will teach you to identify which species live in our state and how we can help protect their habitats.
Talkin' Turkey: Most popular in November, but available year round, this presentation will allow participants to interact with a live "Gobbler", the symbol of Thanksgiving. A truly American species, the history, biology, myths and significance of this spectacular bird will fascinate and be memorable for all ages.
Deer, Oh Deer: There are more than 60 types of deer in the world. The White-Tailed Deer population in Charles County has increased as habitat has declined. Students will learn the biology and life cycle of our native deer and explore the population issue from various perspectives including that of Native Americans, farmers, commuters, hunters and animal rights groups.
- Wildlife in our Backyard Series: (3 programs)
Animals in Winter: A flannel board presentation which helps students to understand how local wild creatures' unique adaptions help them survive the cold season.
Wild Birds in Our Backyard: teaches the audience to recognize over a dozen common feeder bird species and includes an easy bird feeding craft using natural/recycled materials.
Summer Safety Out of Doors: Offers studens practical information about safety around domestic or wild animals. Discussion will also include facts about rabies, ticks and Lyme Disease, bee stings snakes, spiders, West Nile Virus and even poison ivy. The program is recommended for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities.
Jeepers Creepers: Creeping Crawlers are all around us! Students will learn how to tell the difference between a spider, and insect, a mollusk, or crustacean. The 3 L's (look at them, learn about them, leave them alone) will be emphasized as students go on their own "bug safari".
Egg-citement: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Perhaps we will find out as we learn all about eggs and the creatures that lay eggs (hint: chickens are not the only ones!) Students will become "egg-sperts", "eggs-ploring" the uses of eggs for hatching or eating, while receiving a message about diversity as they meet chickens from all over the world. Classes may choose to learn about egg incubation in the classroom.
We have more programs for kids and teens available here
- Foster Kittens: Learn what to do if you discovered a litter of kittens, the initial and vital steps to keep them alive once found; and, if willing, the procedures to "hand raise" them until they can be put up for adoption. Become a willing and confident HERO to a litter of orphans while undertaking one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!
Careers: This program touches on the job/positions we hold at the Humane Society, as well as a variety of opportunities working with or for animals and the environment. From pet groomer to artist to veterinarian, many career paths are available...let us discuss the possibilities with your class.
Summer is right around the corner! We have several fun filled weeks of activities where kids can learn and have fun with animals! Click here
to see our list of activities. Anyone interested in signing up must fill out the sign up sheet
, medical information
, and a release
. Sign ups start on March 1st and they are first come first serve. Don't miss out!