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Please continue to visit this site as we will be adding new programs as they become available!

educateHUMANE! is a Statewide humane education project designed to share valuable information about pet responsibility, respect and empathy. Most programs meet Common Core State Standards for education and all provide quality character development lessons.  

The wide variety of presentations has been created for schools, school’s out programs, early childhood learning venues, community groups such as YMCA’s and Boys & Girls Clubs, and many more.  

All programs are designed to be age-grade appropriate, and most will include a packet of information and resources for teachers and students to share after the presentation.  We are happy to work with special needs students and organizations.  Programs are also available for children who are home-schooled.  We come to you!

Listed below are the programs we are proud to offer:

Endangered Species    4th grade - Adult

Participants will learn about the illegal trade in endangered species, habitat destruction, cultural pressures on animals, biodiversity, plus what they can do to help save our fragile environment. This presentation includes a huge display of confiscated artifacts on loan from US Fish & Wildlife!

60 - 75 Minutes

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Egg-cellent Eggs    K - 1st  grades

That Cadbury bunny has kids a bit confused about which animals actually do lay eggs, so we have created an interactive program that will provide young learners with the tools to identify which animals do lay eggs and which ones do not.  This presentation is delivered with a display of eggs and other related props for a tactile experience and is accompanied by a small live animal introduction. This presentation is designed for a maximum of 20 children per presentation.

45 Minutes

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Responsibility in a Bag   Girl Scout Troups

This program utilizes items drawn from a large bag to elicit conversation about what pets need to be safe and happy in a home and what people need to consider prior to adopting a pet. Audience should not exceed 20 girls.

60-75 Minutes

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Careers with Animals   High School Students

Students often want information about careers working with or for animals. This program provides a realistic look at a variety of professions that involve animals, such as: animal sheltering, wildlife management, animal health, field research, zoo keeping, grooming, and much more. Teacher/student resource packet included.

60-75 Minutes

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Who Lives in Your Backyard?    3rd - 5th grades

This program focuses on the needs of wildlife in your community and how people can be good neighbors to the animals in their backyards. This interactive presentation reminds students about the variety of species we share our State with and points out ways that kids can enjoy the diversity without causing harm.

75 Minutes

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How to Pick a Pet    3rd - 5th grades

This program emphasizes the importance of preparing for a new pet to join the family. Responsibility begins with making educated choices. It also includes information about why animals end up in shelters when the wrong choice is made. Students are lead through an interactive discussion that helps them understand many aspects of pet responsibility.

1 Hour

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Playing it Safe with Dogs    K - 2nd  grades

Each year more than 3,000,000 children across the country are bitten by dogs, and the incidence of dog bites is steadily increasing. This presentation helps the audience understand what they need to do to be safe around all dogs, including their own pets.

1 Hour

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We Can Fix It!” Sponsored by the ASPCA!    Designed for 4th Grade Students

This program is designed to engage students in activities that allow them to uncover the real reasons that shelters are often filled with cats and dogs and how they can play a role in “Fixing” the problem.  This powerful curriculum has been designed to meet Common Core State Standards and is filled with great character lessons.  The presentation encourages critical thinking skills and problem solving.

90 Minutes

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Classifications & Adaptations of Animals    3rd grade and up

This presentation discusses the characteristics that group animals together.  It reinforces science lessons in the classroom and encourages students to share what they understand about the classification of animals. Students participate in a discussion about the mysteries of why animals look and behave the way they do. The lesson emphasizes a greater understanding of nature and survival and will help students appreciate the many wonders of the animal world. Included is a large collection of animal artifacts and one live animal for the closing portion.

60-90 Minutes

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Introduction to Pets    K - 1st  grades

This program introduces the children to the basic requirements of companion animals and emphasizes the importance of humane treatment through the use of story boards.

45-50 Minutes

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Volunteer Opportunity

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On behalf of OSAC and educateHUMANE! thanks to The NexDine Foundation for their generous grant!

Have fun and make a difference! We would love to have you become one of the wonderful volunteers who help make the Ocean State Animal Coalition the community’s #1 resource for the humane treatment of animals.

Volunteer Application. Click here for our online application form.

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Inside Animal Sheltering    4th grade and up

This program is designed to provide an overview of what happens inside animal shelters in our region. We will demystify the activities within the walls of a shelter and discuss what really happens when an animal is relinquished. This presentation takes a hard look at the issues that land animals in shelters and what the dedicated professionals who care for them do to try to find a “forever home” for them. Most importantly, students will learn what they can do to help!

60-75 Minutes

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