All programs are correlated to Pennsylvania Education Standards including Keystone STAR and NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. A list of correlations can be provided with each program. Our Education Department is a STEAM Department, with a combined 20 years’ experience educating the public on topics of humane, wildlife, conservation, environmental and informal science education. It is composed of several Educators with advanced degrees in Wildlife and Environmental Science, Research and Education. All of our Educators are have their PA (Act 33/34) & FBI clearances and are certified badge councilors with Girl Scouts of Western PA and Boy Scouts of America. They strive to make learning about humane and wildlife topics fun and engaging, and genuinely enjoy teaching the people in their community. The Education Department hosts a variety of classes and programs on and offsite year round. From literature based programs, camps, teen clubs and tours to Assemblies for a large audience, the Education Department has programs for learners of all ages.

Course Catalog

Small Group and Classroom Programs
Pre-school and Kindergarten | Elementary | Middle and High School

Assembly and Large Group Programs
Elementary | Middle and High School | Families or Groups of Varied Ages

Adult Programs

Summer Reading Theme Programs

Facility Tours

 

Register for any of the programs below here!

Small Group Programs (designed for groups of less than 50 individuals)

Pre-school and Kindergarten Programs

  • 30 Minute Animal Presentation

    Like the title suggests, these program last 30 minutes and include a visit with one of our education ambassadors. One of our educators will discuss the animal’s natural history and interesting behaviors that it uses to survive in the wild. These programs are for audiences of all ages.

    Program cost: $100 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Basic Pet Care

    Do you know the three things every person should have before adopting a pet? Do you want to learn what it takes to own and care for a companion animal? This class will introduce you to the things you need to care for your pet. This program is offered at no cost and lasts approximately 30 minutes. The suggested audience for this program is children from 4 to 9 years of age. This program does not include an animal guest.

    Program cost: Free (does not include live animal ambassador visit)
    Animal Guest, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Fun with Buns!

    Domestic rabbits are the third most common animal that end up in our shelters, yet not very many people know about their care and history as pets. Come learn about these fluffy vegetarians and have a hopping good time! You will even get the chance to meet a live domestic rabbit!

    Program cost: $100 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Perch like a Peregrine…and more!

    Some animals slither on the ground while others soar through the clouds. Learn about the different ways animals get around and show your peers what it would be like if you were to act like an animal. This is a 30 minute program for up to 25 children ages 4-6.

    Program cost: $125 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Wildlife Rainbow: Untamed Colors and Patterns

    Untamed Colors and Patterns! ($125): Wild animals use colors and patterns to communicate with each other and to hide from danger. Learn how animals use the color wheel to their advantage. This is a 30 minute program for children ages 4-6.

    Program cost: $125 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Custom programs are also available

    With sufficient notice, our staff can customize a program to your own theme or lesson. Customizable programs are available for children and adults alike. Please contact us to see if we can customize a program for you.

    Starting cost for a custom program: $250 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

 

Elementary Programs

  • 30 Minute Animal Presentation

    Like the title suggests, these program last 30 minutes and include a visit with one of our education ambassadors. One of our educators will discuss the animal’s natural history and interesting behaviors that it uses to survive in the wild. These programs are for audiences of all ages.

    Program cost: $100 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Basic Pet Care

    Do you know the three things every person should have before adopting a pet? Do you want to learn what it takes to own and care for a companion animal? This class will introduce you to the things you need to care for your pet. This program is offered at no cost and lasts approximately 30 minutes. The suggested audience for this program is children from 4 to 9 years of age. This program does not include an animal guest.

    Program cost: Free (does not include live animal ambassador visit)
    Animal Guest, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Fun with Buns!

    Domestic rabbits are the third most common animal that end up in our shelters, yet not very many people know about their care and history as pets. Come learn about these fluffy vegetarians and have a hopping good time! You will even get the chance to meet a live domestic rabbit!

    Program cost: $100 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Cat Body Language

    What does a purr mean? How about a tail flick? Learn about the subtle things that our cats do that tell us how they are feeling! Meet a kitty and observe its behavior while learning how to keeps our cats happy and healthy! This program lasts about 35 minutes.

    Program cost: $125 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Masters of Migration

    Have you ever seen a flock of geese in the winter and wondered why they fly in a V formation? Have you ever been curious about how a small monarch butterfly can travel over 3,000 miles in only 2 months? In Masters of Migration you will learn about these and many other animals who make incredible journeys to escape winter’s chill and meet an animal Education Ambassador that knows a thing or two about migration!

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Wildlife Rehab 101

    Learn what it takes to work with sick, injured, or orphaned native PA wildlife. Chose a treatment plan for animals with similar injuries to those our Wildlife Center sees daily. This program lasts approximately 50 minutes and is suggested for students from 3rd to 8th grade.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Custom programs are also available

    With sufficient notice, our staff can customize a program to your own theme or lesson. Customizable programs are available for children and adults alike. Please contact us to see if we can customize a program for you.

    Starting cost for a custom program: $250 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

 

Middle and High School Programs

  • 30 Minute Animal Presentation

    Like the title suggests, these program last 30 minutes and include a visit with one of our education ambassadors. One of our educators will discuss the animal’s natural history and interesting behaviors that it uses to survive in the wild. These programs are for audiences of all ages.

    Program cost: $100 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Career Day Visits

    Short talk about animal welfare careers as part of your school’s scheduled “Career Day.” These visits are offered at no cost. Talks do not include a live animal.

    Program cost: Free (does not include live animal ambassador visit)
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25.00

  • Endangered Around Us

    Endangered species can be found in every habitat around the world. You may be surprised to learn how many animals are endangered in Pennsylvania. This class will discuss endangered and threatened species in our area from bald eagles to bats, including what each and every one can do to help these animals. This program lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes a live education ambassador.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Custom programs are also available

    With sufficient notice, our staff can customize a program to your own theme or lesson. Customizable programs are available for children and adults alike. Please contact us to see if we can customize a program for you.

    Starting cost for a custom program: $250 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25


Assembly Programs (designed for groups of greater than 50 individuals)

These programs are designed for a large space and come with a digital presentation. Presentations last between 45-60 minutes

Elementary Assembly Programs

  • Deep in the Meadow

    In collaboration with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
    Take a journey with us deep into the meadow! Meadows are large, grassy fields that often have a beautiful array of flowers and an abundance of life teeming in them. In this program you will learn all about the critters that inhabit Pennsylvania’s meadows, from the tiniest pollinators to the stealthiest hawks. These stunning landscapes are vital parts of Pennsylvania’s ecosystem and should be handled and explored with care. This program correlates with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Habitat Explorers program.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Feathered Friends

    Feathers serve many purposes for our flying friends. Some are used for waterproofing, while others are used for protection. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures! Learn all about native Pennsylvania birds from raptors to corvids, and the importance of their characteristic coat.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Masters of Migration

    Have you ever seen a flock of geese in the winter and wondered why they fly in a V formation? Have you ever been curious about how a small monarch butterfly can travel over 3,000 miles in only 2 months? In Masters of Migration you will learn about these and many other animals who make incredible journeys to escape winter’s chill and meet an animal Education Ambassador that knows a thing or two about migration!

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Shells and Scales

    Did you know some species of reptile can live to be over 100 years old? Or that a turtle’s spine is connected to its shell? It’s true! Pennsylvania is home to many of these species of scaled and shelled friends. This program teaches all about different reptiles, where they live, and what makes them so unique.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Springtime is Baby Time

    Learn why most baby animals are born in the spring. Springtime is a busy time of year for our Wildlife Center, in this program you will learn about the many babies that we care for every spring.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Tucked in for Winter

    Did you ever wonder what animals do when it gets cold outside? A snake would look pretty silly in a coat, and they certainly don’t make boots big enough for bears. So how DO animals survive winter? This program teaches all about how native Pennsylvania animals make it through the cold months.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Custom programs are also available

    With sufficient notice, our staff can customize a program to your own theme or lesson. Customizable programs are available for children and adults alike. Please contact us to see if we can customize a program for you.

    Starting cost for a custom program: $250 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

 

Middle and High School Assembly Programs

  • Animal Communications

    Without ways to communicate, the world would be a very confusing place! Communication in the animal world is complex and can be very important for survival in the wild. Join us as we talk about the different strategies that animals use to communicate with each other and with us. You might even be surprised by how similar human and animal communication can be! You will also get the chance to meet an Education Ambassador to see examples of animal communication in action.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Circles of Life

    All living things big and small, go through various stages of life. Plants start as tiny seeds and frogs are swimming tadpoles before they can survive on land. Learn how organisms develop and mature over the course of their life cycle, and what it takes for a species to keep their population thriving.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Endangered Around Us

    Endangered species can be found in every habitat around the world. You may be surprised to learn how many animals are endangered in Pennsylvania. This class will discuss endangered and threatened species in our area from bald eagles to bats, including what each and every one can do to help these animals. This program lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes a live education ambassador.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Wild Science

    There is science all around us! Even in our backyards. Learn about how science helps animals adapt to their natural habitat. We will discuss the amazing adaptations of animals in our backyard, and learn about how that relates to animals all over the world!

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Custom programs are also available

    With sufficient notice, our staff can customize a program to your own theme or lesson. Customizable programs are available for children and adults alike. Please contact us to see if we can customize a program for you.

    Starting cost for a custom program: $250 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

 

Assembly Programs for Families or Groups of Varied Ages

  • Animals of the Night

    Do you ever wonder what animals are on the prowl outdoors when you are asleep? Do you know why your pets (like cats & hamsters) sometimes act differently at night? This program answers questions like these and others like it.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Regal Raptors

    Do you know what makes a raptor different than a songbird? This class will examine the different species of birds of prey we see in Pennsylvania.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Custom programs are also available

    With sufficient notice, our staff can customize a program to your own theme or lesson. Customizable programs are available for children and adults alike. Please contact us to see if we can customize a program for you.

    Starting cost for a custom program: $250 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25


Adult Programs (designed for groups of varying sizes)
  • Lunch and Learn

    Lunch and Learns are available to go out to organizations or businesses interested in fundraising for and learning more about Humane Animal Rescue. This program lasts 30 – 40 minutes and includes a visit with an animal guest. This program is offered at no cost but donations are encouraged. We do not provide the lunch for this program.

    Program cost: Free (donations accepted)
    Travel outside Allegheny County: Discretionary

  • Animal Companions

    6.5 million companion animals enter shelters each year. Adopting a shelter animal is a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, the ideal conditions for having a pet can be more expensive and more of a time commitment than many realize. In this 45 minute course what it takes to take care of a pet including cost, lifespan, and other important aspects to consider. Join us about what your future best friend needs!

    Program cost: $125
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Custom programs are also available

    With sufficient notice, our staff can customize a program to your own theme or lesson. Customizable programs are available for children and adults alike. Please contact us to see if we can customize a program for you.

    Starting cost for a custom program: $250 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25


Summer Reading Theme Programs (designed for libraries)
  • Animal Communications

    Without ways to communicate, the world would be a very confusing place! Communication in the animal world is complex and can be very important for survival in the wild. Join us as we talk about the different strategies that animals use to communicate with each other and with us. You might even be surprised by how similar human and animal communication can be! You will also get the chance to meet an Education Ambassador to see examples of animal communication in action.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Build a Better World

    We share planet Earth with thousands of different organisms. From microbes to raccoons, everything plays a role in keeping the world healthy. This program will show you how the animals in Pennsylvania are making the world a better place, as well as what we can do to make sure we protect it for future generations.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Digging it!  A look at nature’s diggers.

    Western Pennsylvania is home to a number of animals that dig in order to find food or shelter. In this program you’ll meet some of these fun animals and learn about what they like to do best: dig!

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Every Hero Has a Story: Wild Heroes Have Wild Stories

    Do you have a favorite animal? Do you have a favorite superhero? What about a favorite animal super hero? In this program you will learn about the special powers some wild animals have right here in Western PA. This program will introduce you to some amazingly fast feathered friends, a sharp eyed critter, and a small mammal with fantastic feeling abilities.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • On Your Mark, Get Set, SWIM!

    This program highlights Pennsylvania’s native aquatic species, and explores the science behind the adaptations that make them suitable for water living. From playful otters to carefree turtles, each species moves in its own unique way through the rivers and lakes of Pennsylvania.

    Program cost: $200 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

  • Custom programs are also available

    With sufficient notice, our staff can customize a program to your own theme or lesson. Customizable programs are available for children and adults alike. Please contact us to see if we can customize a program for you.

    Starting cost for a custom program: $250 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
    Additional wildlife, if available: $50
    Travel outside Allegheny County: $25


Facility Tours
  • East End/North Side Shelter Tours

    Visit our East End or North Side Animal Resource Centers and go behind the scenes to see how we take care of all of the companion animals who find themselves with us.  Learn how our new, state of the art East End shelter was designed to provide care for domestic animals of all shapes and sizes. Tours can be scheduled on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Sessions last for approximately 35-40 minutes.

    Cost: $5 per person
    Minimum of 10 people for weekend tours, no limit for weekday tours

Register Now

  • Wildlife Center Tours

    Visit our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to care for sick, injured, and orphaned native Pennsylvania species. Tours can be scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays betwen 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Sessions last for approximately 45-60 minutes.

    Cost: $5 per person
    Minimum of 10 people for weekend tours, no limit for weekday tours

Register Now


Education Department Contact Information

Phone: 412-345-7300, ext. 501 | Email: education@humaneanimalrescue.org  

Payment and Cancellation Policy