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

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Nature Programs

We are excited to announce our partnership with Boyce Mayview Park, allowing us to offer a variety of nature programs at their Learning Lab! We are always working to provide educational programming for the people of the area, to help them to learn about the unique and interesting behaviors of native PA wildlife, and to show them how important these animals are to our world. Browse some of our course offerings listed below or register for programs here!

Toddler: ages 2 – 4 • Child: ages 5 – 8 • Junior: ages 9 – 12 • Teen: ages 13 – 16 • Family: All Ages (Typically 2 Adults + 2 Teens and Under)

Small Group Programs

These presentations are designed to be best for groups of 30 children or less. They may include movement activities or games and are tailored for smaller classroom spaces. 

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

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

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: $150 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $150 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

Assembly-Style Presentations

These programs can be booked for a large group or a small classroom. Most of these programs include a projected presentation in addition to an animal guest.

Meet a live wild animal that is native to PA and learn all about its natural history! What adaptations help it to survive in its habitat? Meet one of our education ambassadors and learn about why they cannot be released into the wild. These programs last 30 minutes and include one animal guest.

  • Program Fee: $125
  • Additional Animal Guest (If Available) : $50 
  • Travel Outside Allegheny Country: $25

Can you imagine if one of our local wild animals was transplanted onto Mars? What would they need to survive? This program revolves around a discussion on what organisms need most to exist in their habitat! Space, Food, Water and Shelter are all key elements involved in making a habitat successful in supporting life. Come with us on a journey to outer space while learning about habitats!

  • Program cost: $225

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: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $225
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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

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: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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

  • Program cost: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

Have you ever wondered what it takes to rehabilitate and release sick, injured or orphaned native Pennsylvania Wildlife? Boasting the second largest wildlife hospital in PA, Humane Animal Rescue treats over 130 different species every year! This program will give you a behind the scenes look at all it takes for our Wildlife Rehabilitators to care for anything from an owl to an opossum!

Program cost: $225 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
Additional wildlife, if available: $50
Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

Other Programs

Short 20-30 minute discussion 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. If you are interested in a Career Day Visit that is longer than 30 minutes, please see our “Info Table” section.

  • Free: Does not include animal guest
  • Animal Guest: $50
  • Travel Outside Allegheny County: $25

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: $275 (includes live animal ambassador visit)
  • Additional wildlife, if available: $50
  • Travel outside Allegheny County: $25

Would you like to have us at your event or fundraiser? Information tables are a fun way to help us reach a new audience and share our animals with the community. In order to help us care for animals and maintain our programs, we require a minimum donation for info tables that our staff and a live education animal are attending.
Themes:

  • Birds of Prey
  • Reptiles
  • Mammals
  • Domestic Animals
  • Careers

Cost:

  • Up to one hour: $125
  • Each Additional Hour (up to 4 total): $50

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.

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Humane and Wildlife Education

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Behavior and Training Classes

To love your dog is to learn with your dog! Our team is comprised of some of the city’s most knowledgeable canine trainers.

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Lost and Found Pets

Found a lost pet and unsure of what to do next? Let us help you figure it out!

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Other Programs

We are committed to offering unique programming to foster an appreciation for animals among the public, and to ensure the well-being of pets in the region.

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Internships

Humane Animal Rescue’s Education Department is seeking students who are interested in working with the education department staff to learn about how we teach the public about animals.

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Special Classes

Humane Animal Rescue is proud to offer specialty classes and programs for animal
advocates of all ages.

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Humane and Wildlife Education

We’re committed to educating the public about the interesting and unknown behaviors of animals.

Read More

Behavior and Training Classes

To love your dog is to learn with your dog! Our team is comprised of some of the city’s most knowledgeable canine trainers.

Read More

Lost and Found Pets

Found a lost pet and unsure of what to do next? Let us help you figure it out!

Read More

Other Programs

We are committed to offering unique programming to foster an appreciation for animals among the public, and to ensure the well-being of pets in the region.

Read More

Internships

Humane Animal Rescue’s Education Department is seeking students who are interested in working with the education department staff to learn about how we teach the public about animals.

Read More

Special Classes

Humane Animal Rescue is proud to offer specialty classes and programs for animal
advocates of all ages.

Read More