Animal Care Education
All ACE programs meet many Common Core and State Standards. Please contact us for specific standards met in each lesson. A printable version of our programs is available here: ACE Programs Brochure
Each ACE presentation is $55 and can include up to 40 participants (or 2 classrooms). Shelter dog visits are available with your program for an additional $20 fee. A limited amount of partial scholarships may be available for schools in financial need. We are able to extend our services to some locations outside of Washtenaw County and Plymouth Township for an additional $25 fee. Please contact us for more information.
To book a program or to receive more information,
please complete the ACE Program Request Form
Programs for Pre-K - 2nd Grade:
- "Paws"itively Safe
In this program participants will learn how animals communicate through body language, how to safely approach and greet an animal and what to do if they encounter an animal they don’t know. After this program participants will become animal safety experts!
- Safe, Healthy and Happy: You, Me and the Whole World, Too!
- Kind Kids
At HSHV we know that kids help us create the compassionate community we live in! In this program participants will assess the effect they have on the world around them by looking at the world from the point of view of a much smaller animal. Participants will think about how they can show compassion through the daily choices they make.
What do we have in common with the non-human animals we share the world with? In this program participants will examine clues to discover what all animals (including people!) need to be safe, happy and healthy. Participants will think critically about how to help animals meet these needs, as well as build empathy by considering the commonality we share with each other and non-human animals.
Programs for 3rd - 5th Grade:
- Through Your Eyes
In this program participants will look at the world through the eyes of an animal. Participants will view a human-animal conflict from the perspective of both a person and an animal and consider humane solutions to the conflict. A program for both critical thinking and empathy building!
- Animal Adaptations
How does a polar bear stay warm in the Arctic? How can you tell what a bird eats by looking at their beak? In this hands-on program participants will learn about adaptations and how plants and animals develop adaptations in order to better survive their habitat.
Programs for 6th - 8th Grade:
- Perspectives and Poetry
Who do we give our empathy to and why? Beginning with the reading and analysis of a poem, in this program participants will put themselves “in the shoes” of another and consider a human-animal conflict from the perspective of both a human and a non-human animal.
- Animal Adaptations: Sharing the City
“Wild” animals are becoming more and more common to see in urban and suburban settings. In this program participants will examine the adaptations that some animals have developed in order to better survive alongside people. Participants will discuss possible solutions to human-animal conflicts that have occurred as a result of these animal adaptations.
Programs for 9th Grade - Adult:
- Working for Animals: Careers in Animal Welfare
In this program participants will learn about the many different departments that work together to help animals at HSHV. Participants will learn about the different careers available at HSHV, the education required and daily tasks involved in each job.
- Compassionate Quotations
Which animal is more important: a bear, a pig or a dog? In this program participants will examine their own beliefs towards different animals and how those beliefs may have formed. Participants will study various attitudes held about animals throughout history and will formulate their own “compassionate quotation” to contribute to history.
Programs for All Ages (modified for ages 5 through adult)
- Love Starts Here: How HSHV Helps Our Community
Do you have a group who is interest in learning about HSHV? Participants in this program will learn the history of our organization, information on our day to day operations and how we are helping our community to be a compassionate place for all animals who live here, including humans!
- Communicating With Animals
Just like learning another language, this program provides the tools to decode what animals are telling us by identifying animal body language characteristics. Participants in this program will learn how to interact safely with animals by reading animals’ non-verbal cues to assess their feelings.