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educationTaking a leadership role in promoting humane values is a critical part of the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA's mission. Since 2002, Humane Education has been an organized, primary program of the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA. AAWL & SPCA provides educational tours, camps, workshops and presentations for metro Phoenix area youth each year, and the demand and need for humane education continues to increase.

The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA's Education program reaches approximately 3,000 students each year with an interactive and effective program that teaches children respect for all animals, safety around animals and responsible animal care while encouraging children, who have a natural connection with animals, to get involved in promoting kindness to animals.

School Holiday and Summer Camps – Our animal themed Day Camps offer fun, quality educational experiences along with superior safety standards and low counselor-to-camper ratios. Our Day Camps promise a ton of fun for campers of all ages. Caring, well-trained counselors help ensure an animal filled, action-packed week of laughing and learning for all. So if you're looking for a different species of Day Camp - you've found it.

  • Camp Ruffin’ It – This program introduces your children to the world of animals through live animal interactions and hands-on fun. Ages 6-12
  • Camp Vet – Through veterinary observations and hands -on biology your teen will experience a up-close unique look at the field of veterinary medicine. Ages 12-17

Learn more and register for school holiday camps and summer camps!

Workshops: Adult, Weekend, and After-School - learn more about the workshops we offer, including animal photography and pet first-aid and CPR

Girl Scouts – Girl Scouts love earning their badges at AAWL & SPCA, choose from animal fun for Daisies, Brownie, Animal Try-its, Junior Pet care, or Cadet.

Jr. Group Volunteer Day - Youth ages 9-17 that are part of school groups, after-school clubs, youth groups, or just a group of friends with a love for animals are welcome at the Arizona Animal Welfare League &SPCA! The group will receive a tour of our facility as well as participate in a volunteer activity such as: making enrichment for exotic animals, sorting and folding laundry, socializing the animals at the shelter, cleaning cages, etc.

Family Volunteer Days is a NEW! program designed for adults and children to volunteer together in a safe, educational, and rewarding setting. Led by a professional humane educator, Family Volunteer Days allows families with children ages 6-17 to participate in everyday volunteer activities at our shelter. Activities could include: cleaning kennels, condos, or enclosures, cleaning transport vehicles, weeding, making enrichment activities, laundry, and more.

Birthday Parties – Celebrate your child’s birthday with fun, excitement and animals!
PLUS - Birthday Parties at your location - Our instructors and animal ambassadors will bring the fun to you!

Jr. Paw Club - A great way for kids to learn about critters of all kinds and get involved in helping animals. Receive a discount on all education programs with membership.

Teen Tracks - A service learning based program that allows participants work closely with our staff and volunteers to gain knowledge, leadership skills, build responsibility, develop new friendships, and help make a difference in the lives of animals and people in our community.

Junior Vet Experience - We are proud to offer a brand new series for students in 9th-12th grade. This Veterinary career exploration program is a hands-on, fun, and interactive experience. This series is designed to offer your future vet a real life look in to the world of veterinary medicine

Field Trips - We offer unique and hands on field trips for grades K-12.

Classroom Presentations - Classroom Presentations - Programs are designed for elementary to junior high students and are aligned with state curriculum standards. Programs can be customized to fit all ages and needs.

Programs for At-Risk Youth - Learn more about our programs for At-Risk Youth, including our program with the Adobe Mountain Juvenile Corrections Facility.

The Ally & Boots Scholarship Fund has graciously provided funds to support children in need of AnimalTales Education Campus™ tuition assistance.

Community Presentations – We will bring our animals and education program to your location.

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