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In-School Programs

Enrich your curriculum with a visit from the ARLGP Humane Educator.

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.

Programs encourage students to express compassion and kindness towards animals, as well as be clear communicators, responsible pet ambassadors, and involved citizens.

Program content can be customized to any age group and will meet Common Core, Maine Learning Results, and Next Generation Science Standards. When possible, an animal ambassador can be included in the lesson.


Available Programs

Adopt an Animal Simulation

What does it take to adopt a pet? What does it mean to be responsible for a pet? In this simulation, students will research different types of pets, learn the cost of taking care of a pet, and explore ways on how to choose a pet.

Animals 101

What do animals need to be healthy and happy? Students delve deeper into the animal kingdom to look at the needs of all animals. They will research and present one of those needs to help teach others. Students can also help plan a project to help animals in need in their community.

Animal Careers

Who works with animals? Students will investigate lots of different animal jobs through books and research. Students will also express their opinion on which job seems the most interesting. Older students will discover what it takes to work with animals, from choosing a college major, to hard work and perseverance. Students will also hear testimonials from people who work with animals and why they chose their animal career.

Wildlife in Your Community

What animals live in your backyard? Students will create a map of their community and discover the creatures that live and depend on their community to survive. Students will learn how they can help to protect and enjoy animals they share their environment with.

Play It Safe

Do you know when an animal is happy, mad, or scared? Students will determine how to be safe around all kinds of animals, how to read their body language and how to interact with new animals as well as their own pets. This lesson focuses on safety, compassion and kindness in order to promote a healthy relationship between people and pets.

Critter Crazy

Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and more! Learn about the unique characteristics of these smaller animal species. This lesson helps students think beyond cats and dogs and opens up a new world of animal care and companions.

So Many Animals

In this math-based lesson, students will help problem solve to determine the reasons for pet overpopulation. Students collaborate and discuss how this problem is being solved as well as what they can do to help.

Animal Training

Why do we train animals? How do we train animals? Students will investigate different animals that are trained as well as what they are trained to do. Students will try out their training skills to help “train” a classmate using clicker training and bring their skills home to try and train their pet.

Animal Senses

What senses do people use? What senses do animals use? Students will compare senses between humans and lots of different species of animals. They will discover adaptations that are unique to specific animals as well as how their senses help an animal survive.

Where Does That Animal Come From?

Students will get an introduction to geography by creating maps of the world or their country. Students will then plot where different species come from, including different breeds of pets. They will then explore why each species lives in a specific location.

Animal Advocacy

What can you do to help animals? Students will research, plan and execute projects that benefit animals in need of shelter and care. Students will think creatively on ways to support shelters through crafts, donation drives, volunteerism, events, fundraisers and more. No action is too small; students will learn and create ways to show support and advocate for homeless pets in our community.

Human Responsibility

We are all responsible for the planet. Students will discuss what it means to be a responsible citizen. Students will investigate the needs of people, animals and the environment in their community. Students will also discover how all species (human and animal) are connected. They will use what they learn to teach others about how to help their community as well as take action to be a responsible citizen themselves.

Inside the ARLGP

What does an animal shelter do? Where do shelter animals come from? Who works at a shelter? How do you adopt an animal? We will give students a comprehensive overview of how shelters give back to their community and how we help animals find their new, happy homes.

Animal Habitats

Where do animals live? Is that area healthy? Students will examine different habitats in their local community as well as nationally and globally. They will look at the living and nonliving components of a habitat and determine which areas are healthy or not healthy. Students will also discover their role in protecting habitats that animals depend on.


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