Educational Programs

The community relies on the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center as a resource to care for animals both wild and domestic. The Shelter is known for its pet adoption and foster programs, veterinary clinic, and for its legacy of animal welfare advocacy. The Wildlife Center is known as a place where sick, injured, or orphaned Pennsylvania wildlife can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

The ARL is also committed to educate the public on the interesting and unknown behaviors of animals.  In addition to our tours and events, our education programs can come to you.  Each presentation is approximately an hour long and includes a visit with a live animal.

Education Program Topics

Animals of the Night

Do you ever wonder what animals are on the prowl outdoors when you are asleep?  Do you know why your pets (like cats & hamsters) sometimes act differently at night?  This program answers questions like these and others like it.  This program lasts approximately 50 minutes and is suggested for students from 1st to 6th grade.

Program cost: $150.00 (includes 1 animal)
Additional wildlife, if available: $50.00
Travel outside Allegheny County: $25.00

Career Day Visits

Short talk about animal welfare careers as part of your school’s scheduled “Career Day”; these visits are offered at no cost.  Talks do not include a live animal.

Basic Pet Care

Do you know the three things every person should have before adopting a pet?  Do you want to learn what it takes to own and care for a companion animal?  This class will introduce you to the things you need to care for your pet.  This program is offered at no cost and lasts approximately 30 minutes.  The suggested audience for this program is children from 4 to 9 years of age.

Digging it!  A look at nature’s diggers.

Western Pennsylvania is home to a number of animals that dig in order to find food or shelter.  In this program you’ll meet some of these fun animals and learn about what they like to do best: dig!  This program lasts approximately 45 minutes and is suggested for students from 1st to 3rd grade.

Program cost: $150.00 (includes 1 animal)
Additional wildlife, if available: $50.00
Travel outside Allegheny County: $25.00

Regal Raptors

Do you know what makes a raptor different than a songbird?  This class will examine the different species of birds of prey we see in Pennsylvania.  This program lasts approximately 45 minutes and is suggested for students from 1st to 5th grade.

Program cost: $150.00 (includes 1 animal)
Additional wildlife, if available: $50.00
Travel outside Allegheny County: $25.00

Spring Time is Baby Time

Learn why most baby animals are born in the spring.  Springtime is a busy time of year for our Wildlife Center, in this program you will learn about the many babies that we care for every spring. This program lasts approximately 45 minutes and is suggested for students from 1st to 5th grade.

Program cost: $150.00 (includes 1 animal)
Additional wildlife, if available: $50.00
Travel outside Allegheny County: $25.00

Wildlife Rainbow: untamed colors and patterns

Wild animals use colors and patterns to communicate with each other and to hide from danger.  Learn how animals use the color wheel to their advantage.  This is a 30 minute program for children ages 4-6.

Program cost: $100.00 (includes 1 animal)
Additional wildlife, if available: $50.00
Travel outside Allegheny County: $25.00

Wildlife Rehab 101: What would you do?

Learn what it takes to work with sick, injured, or orphaned native PA wildlife.  Chose a treatment plan for animals with similar injuries to those our Wildlife Center sees daily.  This program lasts approximately 50 minutes and is suggested for students from 3rd to 8th grade.

Program cost: $150.00 (includes 1 animal)
Additional wildlife, if available: $50.00
Travel outside Allegheny County: $25.00

Wild Science

There is science all around us!  Even in our backyards.  Learn about how science helps animals adapt to their natural habitat. This program lasts approximately 45 minutes and is suggested for students from 1st to 8th grade.

Program cost: $150.00 (includes 1 animal)
Additional wildlife, if available: $50.00
Travel outside Allegheny County: $25.00

Perch like a Peregrine…and more!

Some animals slither on the ground while others soar through the clouds.  Learn about the different ways animals get around and show your peers what it would be like if you were to act like an animal. This is a 30 minute program for up to 25 children ages 4-6.

Program cost: $100.00 (includes 1 animal)
Additional wildlife, if available: $50.00
Travel outside Allegheny County: $25.00

Every Hero Has A Story: Wild Heroes Have Wild Stories

Do you have a favorite animal?  Do you have a favorite super hero?  What about a favorite animal super hero?  In this program you will learn about the special powers some wild animals have right here in Western PA.  This program will introduce you to some amazingly fast feathered friends, a sharp eyed critter, and a small mammal with fantastic feeling abilities.  This program lasts approximately 50 minutes and is suggested for students from Kindergarten to 5th grade.

Program cost: $150.00 (includes 1 animal)
Additional wildlife, if available: $50.00
Travel outside Allegheny County: $25.00

Custom programs are also available

With sufficient notice, our staff can customize a program to your own theme or lesson.  Customizable programs are available for children and adults alike.  Please contact us to see if we can customize a program for you.

Starting cost for a custom program: $200.00 (includes 1 animal)
Additional wildlife, if available: $50.00
Travel outside Allegheny County: $25.00

 

Contact: Manager of Humane & Wildlife Education
Phone: 412-345-7300 x501 | Email: education@animalrescue.org  

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Education Programs Pages

Browse the pages below to find information on our Education Programs.