Classroom Programs

The ARL will come to your K-12 classroom! Choose from any of our programs focusing on pet safety, responsibility, and strengthening the human-animal bond. The primary goal of our classroom programming is to provide engaging content that educates students about issues related to animals in our community. 

Program Length: 45-60 minutes

Required Materials: Classroom presentation space, a small table for presenter's materials,  a laptop internet access/projection capabilities and a screen for a Prezi presentation (laptop access only required for P.A.W.S for Safety program) .

Number of Students: One program per class. Programs can be scheduled back-to-back to accommodate multiple classrooms. 

Cost: $50 (If your school or day care is located in the city of Des Moines, you may qualify to receive free classroom programs. Contact Rose for more information)

Program Options

P.A.W.S For Safety: Students will learn how to develop healthy and safe relationships with their own pets as well as animals in their community. This program includes two visits to the classroom. Our first visit is presented by the ARL's Humane Education Coordinator or volunteer and gives students the tools to be safe and responsible with a focus on dog bite prevention. No live animals are present during the first visit. The second visit allows students to practice what they learned and demonstrate how to safely interact with a therapy dog certified through the ARL's TheraPets program. Recommended grade level: K-5

Furry Tales: 1-2 stories focusing on pet safety and responsibility will be read aloud followed by a reflection session as well as a Q&A session about the ARL. Live animal visitors are an option for this program. Recommended grade level: Pre-K-5

TNR- Caring for Community Cats: In December, the Des Moines City Council approved an ordinance change that allows for a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program to humanely and effectively reduce community/feral cat colonies in Des Moines. The ARL has committed to dedicating resources to implement a successful TNR program- this includes educating our youth about community cats. We are offering this age-appropriate, interactive program that explains TNR to students. This program includes a story about TNR, an interactive activity as well as a Q&A session. No live animals are present during this program. Recommended grade level: 3 and up

If you are interested in one of the ARL's Classroom Programs, please fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you. Please understand due to the high demand for our classroom programs, there may be a wait before we are able to fulfill your visit request.

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Please provide THREE available presentation dates/times, at least two weeks from today. Presentations are offered Monday-Friday and are approximately 45 minutes.