Humane Education Programs
The SPCA of Luzerne County’s educational programs reach over 2,000 students per year through classroom visits, special events, summer programs, volunteerism, and facility tours.
Humane Education is an invaluable tool in building strong, responsible members of our society. The link between animal abuse and other violence is strong. It is our hope that our education programs enhance your current curriculum and help build strong character and increase empathy amongst your students. The SPCA of Luzerne County strives to make incorporating humane education into your curriculum easy.
Our Education Department can visit your school with various programs for children from Pre-School (4 years old) through 12th grade. We can tailor our programs to meet your needs. Programs can be available for either a classroom setting or an assembly presentation.
Suggested Program Topics:
- Animal Care
- How Animals Communicate/ Bite Prevention
- What is an animal shelter?
- Dog and Cat Behavior. Create and conduct an experiment at home.
- Classification of Species – Dogs and Cats
- Random and Selective Breeding Practices – Dogs and Cats
- High School/ College Psychology – Operant and Classical Conditioning in Action!
Hours of Operation:
Humane Education programs are available during our shelter’s regular business hours. Programs are typically scheduled three months in advance. You can schedule a program by filling out the form below or by emailing Beth Mattei, Humane Education Coordinator .
Please remember that our education schedule can be filled between two and six months in advance. The Education Department is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays.
Tours of the SPCA:
Tours of the shelter are done for small groups (no more than 6-8 children plus adults) to learn about the shelter. Tours are scheduled at least three months in advance.
After school clubs, girl/boy scout troops and other groups can schedule a visit from our humane educator to cover any animal related topic.
Our Young Animal Protection Advocates (YAPA) program submerses middle and high school students in current companion animal issues and fosters community service. Volunteer hours are provided to those who participate. You can find out more about it by clicking on this link.
Scheduling A Program:
Please schedule early to ensure our participation in your program or event.
Our programs are provided without fees, however a donation drive can help get your students more involved with their community and get them excited about upcoming programs. Collecting donations will also help fund future programs and help provide for the animals in our care.
To schedule please fill out the form below and we will contact you to discuss.
About Our Humane Education Coordinator:
Beth Mattei is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine- Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) with fifteen years experience working with animals in both a private (as the owner of First Class Canine) and shelter setting. She is the author of two dog training books and a member of several dog training and behavior organizations. Beth is the proud mother of two children, one dog and two cats.