The Humane Society of Charles County, Inc
71 Industrial Park Drive
Waldorf, MD 20604



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Basic Humane Education Programs: Free of Charge *

*Programs for participants under 5 years old must pay the fee of $50.00 for ALL programs.

We do bring live animals to programs

Pet Care Basics: Programs include a discussion of what HSCC does for the community, what it means to be a responsible pet owner, and being safe around all animals. Choose from the following :

Sharing Sam

(under 5 years)

 A HomeFor Nathan

5 years)

Cades’ Wish

5 years)

Pet Care Grab Bag

(5 years and up)

Pocket Pets

(5 years and up)

Max’s Story

(5 years and up )

Pet Safety:
Learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of safety around our animal friends. Students will recognize the body language of dogs and cats: and learn how to respond in  various situations.  Videos, visual aids and role playing activities can also be provided.

Raising Rabbits Responsibly: Think carefully before you bring home that adorable Easter Bunny!  Students will learn all about rabbit breeds, basic care, nutrition and lifecycle.

Foster Kittens:
 Learn what to do if you discover 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!

Getting a Bat Attitude:  Bats are often one of the most misunder- stood and feared 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 identification of local species that live in our state and how we can help protect their habitats.

Deer, Oh Deer:  The White-Tailed Deer population in Charles County has increased as habitat has declined.  Students willlearn the biology and life cycle of our native deer and explore the population issues from various perspectives including that of the Native American, farmers, commuters, hunters and animal rights groups.

Wildlife in our Backyard Series:

  1. Animals in Winter:  A flannel board presentation which helps students understand how local wild creatures' unique adaptations help them to survive the cold season.
  2. Wild Birds in Our Backyard:  Teaches the audience to recoginize common feeder birds species and learn about their anatomy and adaptations.
  3. Summer Safety Outdoors:  Offers students practical information about safety around domestic or wild animals.  Discussions will also include facts about rabies, ticks, Lyme Disease, bee stings, snakes, spiders, West Nile Virus, and even Poison Ivy.  The program is recommended for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

HSCC Shelter and Tour Programs: Bring your class or group to visit our shelter for a special tour of our facility accompanied by a Pet Care Basics program of your choice.  Participants will spend some hands on time with a shelter pet.  At least one hour should be allowed for this visit. Please call no less than 2 weeks in advance for a tour request.

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..



Extended Learning Opportunities

$50 per program

Jeepers Creepers: Creeping Crawlers are all around us!  Students will learn how to tell the difference between a spider, an insect, a mollusk, crustacean and more.  The 3 L’s (look at them, learn about them, leave them alone) will be emphasized as students go on their own “bug safari”.

Wild about Worms: Vermicomposting is a great way to help the environ- ment by recycling your kitchen trash into wonderful fertilizer for your plants. We will learn about amazing  earthworms...the most useful, undemanding pets. Students may choose to establish their own vermicomposting bins.

Endangered Species: Some rare and endangered species of  animals may become extinct before students reach adulthood. This presentation examines some of the reasons that wild creatures become threatened. Should we care? What can we do to help them survive?

Black Bears:  This seasonal program is a hands on introduction into the world of the black bear.  Lear about the native wildlife species that has made a remarkable comeback.

Groundhogs:  Learn all about groundhogs...their habitat, hibernation, what they eat, anatomy, whether they really can predict when winter will end,  and much more.  

Talking Bones : (4th Grade and up) —Students can learn to be “forensic” investigators by observing skulls of animals to discover characteristics that will reveal whether the animal is herbivore, carnivore or omnivore. The size, shape, teeth, brain size, and nasal cavities give clues about the habitat and life cycle of native Maryland species.

Farm Animals:  An introduction to farm animals; the products and services they provide.  This program can also be adapted (for older groups) to include current trends in farming and the effects on consumers and the small local farmer.

"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-serts", "egg-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.

"Getting your Goat":
 Goats are very important to humans through-out the world as dairy animals, meat, and also for pack animals and for browsing shrubs, vines, and clearing land.  These versitile, gentle, and curious farm animals can also be fun loving pets.  Students can learn facts about goats, their behavoir, life cycle, and care.  A chance to meet and milk a real Nubian Dairy Goat that can still procduce milk every day which may be used for bottle feeding orphaned foster animals, making cheese, yogurt, lotion or soap.  This program is designed for 30 or less persons and is reserved for outdoor audiences (weather permitting) and should be schedule for mornings since milking is on a daily schedule. 

Talking Turkey: (Unavailable during the 2014/2015 school year) 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.

Due to inclement weather or other emergencies, we will

follow the Charles County school system.

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Home School Program :
Fall 2014:Animals Around the World
Introducing a new 8-week educational program designed for the Home School Student.  Classes will be about animals but incorporate lessons in math, science, social studies, language arts, technology, art and more.  Participants will also learn about environmental subjects, local wildlife, insects, animals communication and how they protect themselves. Click Here For More Information
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 Summer Camp Registration Form.  Sign ups start on March 1st and they are first come first serve.  Don't miss out!

If you are interested in any of our programs, please contact: Stacy Cage 240-434-2547 or by email   
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