Presentations

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is excited to offer educational presentations for schools, organizations, groups and seniors. Our educational programming provides fun, interactive and informational presentations about animals. Our presentations are customizable and designed to fit the needs of your group. Please note that due to COVID-19, we are primarily offering virtual presentations at this time. For more information, including pricing and availability, or to book an educational presentation, please email education@kwsphumane.ca.


SCHOOL curriculum 2022

We are excited to return to in-person humane education for school boards in Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth. Our educational programs will also continue to be available virtually for all school boards. If you'd like to book a virtual presentation or an in-person visit for your school or class, please email education@kwsphumane.ca.

All presentations include a lesson on how to approach a new dog, and a meet and greet with our Education Dog! 

Grade Topic
JK / SK Let's be Safe!
Pets communicate with us using their bodies. Through Educator interaction and a story called “Tails Are Not for Pulling”, students are introduced to pet body language, helping them understand the importance of how animals are feeling. Hands-on practice of safety positions and how to approach a new dog gives students the tools to be safe around pets.
Grade One Pets Can Communicate
Pets can talk! Through Educator interaction and a story called “Don’t Lick the Dog”, students will build on their knowledge of animal body language, and understand why it’s important to know what they are telling us.
Grade Two Being a Responsible Pet Partner
Students will learn about “The 3 P’s” (Provide, Protect and Prevent) of Animal Welfare, and how knowing them can help everyone be a responsible pet partner. Through an interactive game, students will identify safe/unsafe household items for pets.
Grade Three Our Wild Neighbours
Students will identify some of the wildlife they may see locally, and discuss how they can help wild animals by being awesome wildlife ambassadors! Through an interactive game, they’ll get the opportunity to learn interesting wildlife facts and “test” their knowledge.
Grade Four The Choices We Make
What does it mean to be humane? By working through a variety of scenarios together, students will learn how to make humane choices when it comes to different domestic/wild animals.
Grade Five Pet Explosion
What is pet overpopulation? With the help of math and movement, students will quickly learn why spaying/neutering an animal is such an important tool in helping to solve this ever-growing problem.
Grade Six Animals & Technology
Students will learn about some of the fascinating ways different animals communicate, along with how technology is helping animals and vice versa, striving to make the world a better place.
Grade Seven Careers With Animals (Teachers Choice)
There are many careers that involve working with animals. Students will discuss how people can work both directly and indirectly with animals, and how they might get started doing so.
Grade Eight The Humane Society of KWSP Journey (Teachers Choice)
What happens when an animal comes to the Humane Society? Students will get a “behind the scenes” look at the different journeys animals take at our Centre.
High School Topic Choice #1 - Animals in Entertainment
This presentation discusses how animals have been used for entertainment purposes in the past, and if, and how, they are used in the present time. We explore the ethical issues around animal entertainment, and offer ways to enjoy animals humanely.
Topic Choice #2 - The "Link"
In this presentation, we will discuss the serious and important topic of animal abuse, what it means, how it links to human violence, and why this link is important to recognize. We will discuss resources in our community, learn the signs of animal abuse, and how to help if we encounter a case of animal violence in our community.
Topic Choice #3 - Animal Behaviour
Did you know that 80% of animal bites come from the person’s own pet? Most often, because we don’t know how to recognize when their behaviour changes. Our pets show us what they need; we just need to learn how to understand them. We do this by reading their body language, and this presentation will go over a variety of signals and behaviours we can spot just by looking at our pets in different situations.