Education

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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.

Kid's 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!

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

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

Create Your Own Program – We’d love to have your group visit us and help out all the animals at the shelter! Create Your Own Program lets you choose what activities fit your group’s needs the best—all while helping care for our animals! It works kind of like a “create your own adventure” book-just pick the things you’d like to do, and your very own “adventure guide” will guide you through the activities on the day of your program.

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.

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.

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.

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