About Humane Education
At the ARLGP, we believe that in teaching our community kids at a young age to be responsible pet owners and advocates, we are ensuring animals will be humanely treated and cared for well into the future.
At our new Arthur P. Girard Adoption Center, Humane Education takes the stage. With our new in-shelter classroom, the ARLGP now provides a full-time curriculum of programming, workshops and events for youth of all ages.
In-Shelter Programming For Kids
UPCOMING IN-SHELTER KID EVENTS
Paint Your Pet – Art Workshops
Join us for a fun-filled workshop of pets and paints. During this two-hour activity, students will be led through the process of painting a custom picture of their own pet. Outlines will be sketched ahead of time, so any skill level is welcome. We’ll make it a tail-wagging time with shelter tours and pet meet-and-greets.
Workshop #2: Saturday, December 15th, 10am-noon
Workshop #3: Sunday, December 16th, 2-4pm
Fee: $ 25 per kid, snacks and drinks will be provided! Register now >
Junior Volunteer Days at the ARLGP
Our new junior volunteer days offer youth the opportunity to experience shelter life hands-on with activities and projects that support every aspect of the facility.
Junior volunteers meet on the first Saturday of the month (November through June). Each month’s session is designed for specific grade levels and meet 9am-noon with a maximum enrollment of 12 volunteers. Volunteer time will include interaction with our adoptable animals and will be led by our humane educators. Parents do not need to stay with their child during this time, however, our family day in June is intended for those parent(s) wishing to volunteer with child(ren).
Cost for participation is $5 per volunteer, per session (snack will be provided). Enroll your junior volunteer now >
Do you have a student who is an animal lover, advocate and friend? Our after-school clubs are designed to give students a deeper connection to the animal welfare world, sheltering in our community, responsible pet care and more. Learn more about our after-school clubs >
Registration for our 2018-2019 After-School Clubs is now open!
WEEKLY STORY TIME FOR TODDLERS
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland toddler story time is designed for kids 3-5 to experience the shelter hands-on through picture books, facility exploration, and animal meet-and-greet. Led by our humane education team, story time is the perfect activity for parents and caregivers of preschool-aged children.
ALL THE DETAILS:
Dates: Fridays during the school year (begins Friday, October 19th and ends Friday, June 7th)
Fee: $5 per family, per week (paid each week by cash, or by signing up for monthly auto-charge)
PLEASE NOTE: if Westbrook schools are cancelled or off (weather, school vacation, holiday) there is no story time at the ARLGP.
NEW in 2018: auto-charge for story time attendance!
By completing our auto-charge form the ARLGP will charge your debit/credit card $5 per session attended the month before. Charges will occur the first Thursday of every month.
Celebrate your birthday in the most fur-tastic way! ARLGP birthday parties include two hours of programming and festivities in our humane education classroom. Learn more and schedule your birthday party today >
UNLEASHED VACATION CAMPS
The ARLGP offers day camps during the December, February and April school vacation weeks as well as school holidays. Designed for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8, day camps give students an in-shelter experience with age-appropriate programming and activities.
Upcoming Holiday/Vacation Camp: Veterans Day camp open now, learn more
GIRL SCOUT PROGRAMS
Are you looking to earn your Pets Badge? Or your Daisy Petals? The ARLGP now offers to a 2 hour workshop that will include a tour of the shelter as well as hands on activities to talk about animal needs and animal welfare issues. After this 2 hour workshop, you will have completed all aspects needed to complete your Girl Scout Badge. Learn more about our scout programming.
UNLEASHED SUMMER CAMP
Unleashed Summer Camp is the purr-fect way for your animal lover to spend the summer. Check back in 2019 for next summer’s Unleashed Camp details!
Parents: Sign up to receive e-newsletters and notifications about humane education programming!
For Teachers & Educators
The ARLGP offers free in-class presentations, workshops and lessons to local schools covering a wide variety of animal-related topics. Our certified humane education teacher can also help you incorporate humane lessons into your teaching at any grade level. We can also help students or groups choose service/learning projects and support you through the process.
Download our Humane Education in the Classroom PDF for a full list of lesson topics provided by our educators.
Have questions? Want to schedule an in-class visit? Contact our humane education department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 517-3939.
Teachers: Sign up to receive e-newsletters and notifications about humane education programming!
The ARLGP offers shelter tours to school groups, scout groups, daycares, after-school programs and more! Tours are 30 minutes long and cover all areas of the shelter- from the dogs, cats and small animals, to the behind-the-scenes operations that keep the ARLGP running. Children learn what a shelter provides to the community, and how we care for animals in need.
Schedule a shelter tour by contacting our humane education department at email@example.com or (207) 517-3939.
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