Classroom Presentations  

ABOUT VIRTUAL HUMANE EDUCATION IN THE CLASSROOM

Free virtual presentations for elementary, intermediate and high school students!

The OHS’s Humane Education School Program has gone virtual!

We now deliver classroom presentations for schools across Ottawa via video conferencing software.

Why Teach Humane Education in the Classroom?

Humane Education delves into something that all kids love — animals! The OHS’s Humane Education Program:

  • promotes and encourages character development by promoting respect and empathy toward people, animals and the environment;
  • assists children in developing compassion, a sense of justice and a respect for the value of all living beings;
  • provides the knowledge and understanding necessary for children to resolve conflict situations and make responsible choices;
  • fosters a sense of responsibility on the part of children to make choices and act upon their personal beliefs.

Our virtual Humane Education program is inclusive, and meant for children and youth of all abilities.

COST: All humane education presentations are complimentary and intended to aid current curriculums. We happily accept donations — both financial and in-kind. For in-kind donation ideas, please visit our Wish List.

Do you teach students who are new to Canada? Ask us about our presentations for Newcomer students.

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Humane Education Virtual Elementary and Intermediate School Program

The Ottawa Humane Society has delivered its successful in-school program to students for many years. Our virtual program brings high quality education into Ottawa area classrooms through age-appropriate presentations exploring animal welfare topics and responsible pet ownership. All elementary-level presentations have accompanying lesson plans, for educators who wish to expand on the teachings explored during the presentation.

Education sessions are free of charge and available upon request from the teacher or school Monday through Friday, during regular school hours.  Presentations are delivered via video conferencing software. Each presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the presenter.  Presentations also include a live virtual animal visit!

Questions? Contact the coordinator: humane education at 613-725-3166 ext. 235 or at humaneeducation@ottawahumane.ca.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS OFFERED AT THE ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Currently available:

GRADES 1-3: “Dog Buddies” Students learn how to safely approach a dog and explore bite-prevention tips through role-playing scenarios.

GRADES 4-5: “Co-existing with Urban Wildlife” Students learn about wildlife conflicts as they relate to our shared habitat and work together to develop solutions to common issues involving urban wildlife in our community.

GRADES 6-8: “Welcome to the Ottawa Humane Society” Students learn responsible pet ownership and the role of the Ottawa Humane Society in the community. In addition, the topic of animal neglect and cruelty is explored.

Coming Soon:

GRADE 1: “Let’s Learn About Cats and Dogs” Students learn about responsible pet care and the needs of cats and dogs. *40 minutes

GRADE 3: “Are You Ready for a Pet?” Students learn about the key factors to be considered before choosing a pet and how to be responsible pet owners.

GRADE 4:“Too Many Cats and Dogs” Students learn about the importance of spaying and neutering cats and dogs to control the overpopulation problem.

GRADE 5: “Creating a Pet-Friendly Community” Students learn how to be responsible pet owners by providing for a pet’s needs and respecting animal control by-laws in the community.

GRADE 7: “Animals in Entertainment” Students learn about the lives of animals used in the entertainment industry. Key discussion topics will include rodeos, circuses and marine animal attractions..

GRADE 8: “The Ugly Truth: Cosmetic and Personal Care Product Testing on Animals” Students learn about the cruel reality of cosmetic and personal care product testing on animals. Humane testing alternatives are also examined.

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THE VIRTUAL HUMANE EDUCATION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

Each year, the OHS has many inquiries from youth interested in animal welfare, including those looking for volunteer opportunities or to explore a future animal-related career. Their interest prompted the OHS to expand our popular, existing program to include high schools. By reaching today’s youth, the OHS hopes to increase critical thinking about responsible pet ownership and to promote young people’s involvement in animal welfare, ensuring a brighter future for the animals in our community!

Virtual humane education sessions are free of charge and available upon request from the teacher or school. Presentations are available Monday through Friday, during regular school hours. Presentations are delivered via video conferencing software. Each presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes and students will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the presenter. Presentations also include a live virtual animal visit!

Questions? Contact the coordinator: humane education at 613-725-3166 ext. 235 or at humaneeducation@ottawahumane.ca.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS OFFERED AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL

Currently Available:

Profit Puppies: Exploring Puppy Mills

Students will learn about the history and conditions of puppy mills, the importance of responsible adoption, how the OHS is addressing this issue and how advocacy can help prevent cruelty.

Coming Soon:

Animal-Related Careers
Students will explore the field of animal-related careers. They will learn about various hands-on, customer service and administrative/managerial positions related to animal care and welfare. Breaking the Cycle: Animal Cruelty, Bullying & Interpersonal Violence

Students will learn about the link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence. They will discuss the different aspects and impacts of bullying. The students will have a chance to participate in an interactive activity.

Spoiling Our Appetites: An Introduction to Food Animal Welfare

Students will learn about more about the housing and treatment of food animals in Canada. Students will be inspired to become conscious consumers who are empowered to make informed decisions regarding their food choices.

The Ugly Truth: Cosmetic and Personal Care Product Testing on Animals

Students will learn about the cruel reality of cosmetic and personal care product testing on animals. Humane testing alternatives will also be explored.

Animals in Entertainment

Students will learn about the lives of animal used in the entertainment industry. Key discussion topics include rodeos, circuses and marine animal attractions.

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What Teachers and Students Are Saying

“Important information for children…part of the curriculum…fantastic!”

– Mandordale Public School

“It was really interesting, educative and you keep the attention of the students…”

– Agincourt Public School

“I really enjoyed this presentation…you did a great job!”

– Gr. 11 student @ Colonel By Secondary School

“Thanks! Great presentation…”

– Gr. 10 student @ All Saints Catholic High School