Welcome Classrooms!

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; the Humane Education Leadership Initiative, classroom presentations, field trips and the Building Bridges Social and Emotional Literacy Program.

Not only are our classroom programs available as “Pay What You Can” we believe that all children and youth deserve the opportunity for Humane Education programming. Contact us for further information about subsidized programming and bussing for your classroom.

Contact the Humane Education department at humane.education@calgaryhumane.ca

NEW! Humane Education Leadership Initiative

The Humane Education Leadership Initiative supports youth in after-school clubs, CTF/CTS courses, and sports teams by offering volunteer opportunities for medium-large groups.

By nominating your group for the Humane Education Leadership Initiative, you will be able to provide your youth with some hands-on experience helping with support tasks at Calgary’s only open-admission animal shelter! Our experienced Humane Education and Volunteer Resources Teams will select a date, time, and itinerary that is suitable for the age level of your youth and schedule of your group.

Some example of leadership activities include:

  • Creating enrichment toys for our animals
  • Assisting our Animal Care team with laundry and dishes
  • Indoor or outdoor facility cleanup

To nominate your class today, please email humane.education@calgaryhumane.ca with the subject “Humane Education Leadership Initiative for [your school name]

Field Trips at Calgary Humane Society Facility

We are proud to offer customizable half-day field trip programs for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12! You can choose from any of our presentations and 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!

In-Classroom Presentations – We Come To You! 

Our in-class presentations are approximately one hour in length and were developed as an educational resource to support teachers in meeting their curriculum objectives. Delivered either in person, or over Zoom 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 Include:

  • 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)

Please follow this link to browse through our programs and curriculum connections by grade level.

For more information about field trips and classroom presentations please visit our Field Trips & Classroom Presentations page!


Building Bridges Social and Emotional Literacy Program

Building Bridges – Social and Emotional Literacy Program

The Building Bridges – Social and Emotional Literacy Program is a free empathy building curriculum project generously sponsored by Enmax, and is designed for students in Kindergarten through Grade Three.

Building Bridges teaches social and emotional literacy skills at the elementary level as a method of violence prevention and promotion of 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 continue 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. You are able to choose a package for Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, or all four grade levels.

To get a copy of our program, please contact the Humane Education department at at humane.education@calgaryhumane.ca