Humane Education

The Champaign County Humane Society offers humane education programs to students of all ages.

Classroom Programs

Invite an educator from the Champaign County Humane Society to your school or meeting. Classroom programs are available free of charge. When possible, an animal ambassador may be included in the lesson. Available classroom presentations include the following:

Play it Safe around Dogs!

Do your students know how to interact safely with dogs? Using a realistic stuffed animal, children will learn the proper steps for meeting a dog and how to act appropriately around all kinds of animals, including their own pets. Age 4 through second grade.

Wild Animal or Pet?

In this interactive program, students learn the difference between wild animals, farm animals, and pets. They also discuss the responsibilities that people have toward each type of animal. Age 4 through second grade.

Too Many Dogs and Cats!

Put on your problem-solving cap to search for solutions to pet overpopulation. Students participate in a discussion about why there are so many homeless pets, and then brainstorm ways to place all of those animals in loving homes. Third grade and up.

Inside CCHS

What is animal sheltering? How do shelters care for all of those animals? We answer all of your questions about the Champaign County Humane Society in this very informative program. Students discuss the important role that animal shelters play in their communities and learn how individuals can help by volunteering and donating. Fifth grade and up.

What is Animal Cruelty?

A CCHS Humane Investigator explains what animal cruelty is and what students can do to prevent and report it. Citing past investigations, students discuss animal cruelty in its various forms. They also learn about Illinois laws that help keep companion animals safe. Fifth grade and up.

Animal Adventure Camp

Calling all young animal lovers!  The Champaign County Humane Society invites you to experience a week filled with pet-related games, lessons, and crafts.  Enjoy daily interactions with “animal ambassadors” and learn about their care in a fun and safe manner.  Meet visitors from the community who work to help animals every day.  The week will end with an experience at the Champaign County Humane Society.

Animal Adventure Camp is a One-Week Summer Day Camp that runs August 3 - 7, 2015.  Campers age 6-8 meet in the mornings and campers age 9-12 meet in the afternoons.  Camp is held at the Anita Purves Nature Center in Urbana, except for the last day, which is held at CCHS.

Register through the Urbana Park District:

Shelter Tours

Ever wonder what happens "behind the scenes" at the Champaign County Humane Society? Do you have a class, scout troop, or other group that would like a tour of the CCHS facilities? Shelter tours are an interactive and educational experience for all ages and are available free of charge.

Invite Us To Your Special Event!

CCHS would love to visit your career day, special event, or fair. We'll bring informational materials and encourage children and adult visitors to talk to us about animal welfare issues, adoption policies, and animals in general. When possible, small animals may accompany the presenter.

Creature Teachers

Check out Creature Teachers for bios and photos of our Animal Ambassadors that help out in our Humane Education seminars.