Mission and History
*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 :
(under 5 years)
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Pet Care Grab Bag
(5 years and up)
(5 years and up)
(5 years and up )
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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