Education

The Humane Society of Ventura County is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, welfare, compassionate care, and protection of all animals through education and community outreach programs.

  • FREE youth programs to engage grades K-12 in being more curious about animals, creating a love for non-human animals.

  • Mission-driven - "Health, safety, welfare, compassionate care, protection of all animals."

  • Provide digital resources for teachers to engage learners before and after classroom presentations via Wakelet.

  • Each presentation is unique to the needs of the teacher/requester and contains CCSS, NGSS, and SEL Frameworks woven inside the Humane Education frameworks.
  • Online presentations via Zoom
  • In-person (upon availability): Please consider asking colleagues at your school to participate on the same day. Three to four classes at one school are preferred.
  1. Companion Animal Care and Responsibility (45-60 minutes)
    1. (Compatible for all grade levels) Companion animals come in all shapes and sizes. We will discuss the responsibilities of companion animal ownership through interactive discussions. Students will also learn how to be a compassionate paw-rent and imagine the possibilities of animal stewardship for future generations. 
  2. Living with Wildlife: How to Coexist with Wildlife (60+ minutes)
    1. (Compatible for 2nd-6th) From birds in our feeders to coyotes, squirrels, and opossums in our yards, wildlife is all around us. In this slide show presentation, students will learn about how to live safely and responsibly alongside wildlife. Most importantly, they will learn how their actions might help protect wild animals in their own neighborhood.  
  3. Humane Society of Ventura County (35-45 minutes)
    1. (Compatible for 2nd - 12th) Students will learn about the Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC) and the important jobs involved in caring for animals in our local community. Students will also learn about the role of animal shelters and how HSVC serves Ventura County.
  4. Animal Disaster Preparedness (45-50 minutes)
    1. (Compatible for all ages) Do you have a disaster plan for your family that includes your animals? Students will learn about the importance of being prepared for disasters and how to include animals in preparedness plans.

What is HSVC Service-Learning Project?

  • 1-hour presentation not including an actual service project
  • Intended for middle school or high school after school groups, clubs, or special events
  • These meet-ups will be in a presentation format with learners interacting and collaborating with others on various animal-themed topics

Prior to presentation:

  • In attempts to fully engage this age group, learners need to express a desire to be compassionate towards animals and be interested in service projects.
  • The students must choose what they want to learn more about, it could be they are really interested in dogs, cats, horses, or wildlife in their neighborhoods, but ultimately, they will guide the learning. Surveys need to be conducted by the requester by asking learners prior to
  • From the learning, students must choose a project that meets the needs of our local animal communities.
  • RedRover Readers - A social and emotional learning program for students with the goal of strengthening the bond between people and animals.
  • Animal Reading Friends (ARF) - An HSVC program for young readers to visit the shelter and read their favorite books to our shelter animals. 

If you are interested in booking a presentation or would like more information, please click the button below to fill out a request.