Humane Education enables young people to approach human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection as interconnected and integral dimensions of a healthy, just society. Calgary Humane Society offers a number of ways that teachers can get their students involved in Humane Education; Age-appropriate classroom presenations, field trips and Building Bridges Social and Emotional Literacy Program.

For more information about our Humane Education programs, and to book, please contact the Humane Education department at 403-205-4455 ext 6544 or by email at humane.educator@calgaryhumane.ca. We believe that all children and youth deserve the opportunity for Humane Education programming. Contact us for further information about subsidized programming to see if your school qualifies. This offer is subject to funds available.


Classroom Presentations

The Humane Education Department’s school programs are approximately one hour in length and were developed as an educational resource to support teachers in meeting their curriculum objectives. As educators of responsible pet ownership, empathy and violence prevention, we promote the development of social and emotional literacy skills by offering quality programs at the shelter or in the classroom. Links to specific outcomes outlined in Alberta’s Education curriculum are provided in each program description.

Our presentations address:

  • Responsible pet ownership
  • Domestication of dogs and cats
  • Canadian animal welfare laws
  • Animal related careers
  • Respect for urban wildlife
  • Violence prevention (animal cruelty, bullying, dating and domestic violence)

All school presentations are $50 per class of 30 students. Please note: A $25 non refundable administration fee is charged for presentations that are booked and cancelled more than 2 weeks in advance. If the presentation is booked and cancelled with less than 2 weeks notice, the full cost of the presentation will be invoiced to the booking school or after school group. The fee for tours is $4 per student. Please follow the link to browse through our programs and curriculum connections by grade level.


Field Trips

The Calgary Humane Society is proud to offer customizable half-day field trip programs for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12! Students get the opportunity to learn while connecting with animals, completing fun activities and checking out the only fully open-admission animal shelter in Southern Alberta! For more information about field trips please visit our Field Trips page! Field trips are $175.00 per class of 30 students. We have the capacity to run two field trips at once for a maximum of 60 students ($350.00).


Building Bridges Social and Emotional Literacy Program

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Dear Teachers,

The Building Bridges – Social and Emotional Literacy Program is an empathy building curriculum project generously sponsored by Enmax and is designed for students in kindergarten – grade three.

Building Bridges teaches social and emotional literacy skills at the elementary level as a method of violence prevention and promoting healthy relationships. Each grade level has three sections: people, domestic animals and the environment. The lessons in the program are developmentally appropriate and scaffolded so that students can building on the strategies they have learned in the previous year.

Each Building Bridges package includes a story, a selection of 20 lessons and a number of learning activities. All of the necessary tools have been provided in order for you to independently implement this curriculum in your classroom. All of the lessons in this program connect to learning expectations and outcomes outlined in the Alberta Learning Curriculum for each specific grade level. Each Building Bridges package costs $50.00. You can choose a package for Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, or Grade 3. If you would like all four packages, the cost is $375.00

To order or if you have any questions or feedback please contact the Humane Education department at 403-205-4455 ext 6544 or by email at humane.educator@calgaryhumane.ca