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Explore our variety of programs for all ages! To inquire about or request a program, you can do any of the following: 

412-345-7300, ext. 501 | Email: education@humaneanimalrescue.org

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Featured Programs

Back by popular demand! Animal Tales is a program in which children ages 4-12 can come and read to animals in the East Side shelter! 

Participants attend an orientation to learn all about our HARP shelter, the domestic animals here, and the keys to observing animal behavior. Once they attend an orientation, they can sign up for as many or as few assigned dates to come read to the animals! Children can bring their own books (or choose from our collection), grab a carpet square, and then read to animals whose kennels are marked with a “Read to me next!” sign. 

This program not only helps to socialize the animals in our shelter to help expedite their adoption, but also helps children improve their confidence and literacy as well. 

Check back at the end of the year for dates for our 2023 season! 

Have you ever wanted to explore a career working with animals or helping protect wildlife? Join our Junior Rehabber Corps (JRC), a hands-on teen career exploration program, which focuses on topics such as wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, animal husbandry, careers, research, wildlife biology, and more! Classes include animal ambassador appearances, guest speakers from professionals in the field, hands-on activities, digital resources, interconnected lessons, and more.

This year, we will be hosting JRC during the summer. There are two different sessions to choose from, both having their own unique topics. Teens are welcome to sign up for one or both sessions! Both sessions will take place Monday-Friday, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The first session, JRC: Animal Husbandry Focus, is a hands-on opportunity that focuses on the work that goes into a career working with or caring for animals. This experience explores topics such as enclosure design, animal needs, training, diet prep, and other aspects that go into an animal care occupation, like at a sanctuary, zoological setting, or right here at our wildlife rehabilitation clinic! Students will even have the chance to design an enrichment project for an animal.

The other session, JRC: Wildlife & Conservation Focus, takes an in-depth look at our native PA wildlife, how we help that wildlife at our rehabilitation center, and careers in conservation around the world. Students will gain the tools to help them make a difference in their community and grow as environmental stewards and animal advocates.

Dates | Times | Age Groups

July 11 – 15 | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | “JRC: Animal Husbandry Focus”

July 18 – 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | “JRC: Wildlife and Conservation Focus”

Pricing: $250/camper; (Early Bird pricing: $220 before March 15); Discounts available for additional siblings registered for camp as well as referral discounts. Scholarships for students attending a Title 1 School-wide Program School may be available; email education@humaneanimalrescue.org for more information. (Search to see if your school qualifies here.)

Registration: Registration and payment is all online with the links provided.

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HumaneAnimalRescue?season=3127335

Calling all campers! Camp Rescue is back this summer at Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh! Join us for camp in-person at our Wildlife Center or Domestic Shelter to meet animal ambassadors, learn about fun topics, and have a truly wild time. All camps include age-specific hands-on activities, themed-lessons, animal guests, games, and more!

Each week of camp offers one full day camp option, from 9am-3pm from Monday-Friday. We offer camps for grades 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, and 5th-6th. (The grades associated for each camp are the grades that the camper will be entering into this fall of 2022.)

Dates | Times | Age Groups

June 13-17 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 1st-2nd grade “Vast Vertebrates” | Wildlife Center

June 20-24 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 3rd – 4th grade “Amazing Adaptations” | Wildlife Center

June 27 – July 1 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 5th-6th grade “Wildlife Warriors” | Wildlife Center

Aug. 1-5 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 1st-2nd grade “Shelter Buddies” | East Side Domestic Shelter

Aug. 8-12 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 3rd-4th grade “Jr. Vet Camp” | East Side Domestic Shelter

Aug. 15-19 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 5th-6th grade “Sr. Vet Camp” | East Side Domestic Shelter

Pricing: $250/camper; (Early Bird pricing: $220 before March 15th); Discounts available for additional siblings registered for camp as well as referral discounts. Scholarships for students attending a Title 1 School-wide Program School may be available; email education@humaneanimalrescue.org for more information. (Search to see if your school qualifies here.)

Registration: Registration and payment are all online through our Active Network software. To register, click the following link: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HumaneAnimalRescue?season=3124738

Learn about and meet a live wild animal that is native to PA!  Our education team leads an interactive presentation with an education ambassador animal, discussing the animals’ natural history, adaptations, rehabilitation story, and more! These programs last 30 minutes and include one animal guest.   

Program Fee to host at your facility: $125, Program Fee to host at the Wildlife Center: $75 

Wildlife Encounters can also be done virtually. A virtual Wildlife Encounter includes two animal guests and lasts 30-40 minutes. Program fee: $50 

Come take a walk on the Wild Side!  Take a tour of our facility to learn about how we care for sick, injured, and orphaned native PA wildlife. Our fully licensed wildlife facility admits more than 4,000 animals of over 130 unique species annually, with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. Tours last 45 minutes and are led by the Education Staff, and participants are free to interact with staff and ask questions along the way! 

Rehabilitation Center Tour Program Fee: $20 per adult; $10 per child between ages 3-17; children under 2 are free. 

Having an event? We can bring an animal ambassador and some touchable biofacts to bring the wild side to your program for some fun informal education. Times and animals may vary depending on location and event. Contact the Education Department to learn more! 

Do you have a group of young people interested in possible careers with animals? Then look no further! Our staff can provide a fun and insightful glimpse into all of the diverse careers that involvthe shelter world, animal medicine, wildlife and conservation, and beyond!  

Girl Scout Programs

All programs are offered in person at either the Wildlife Center or one of the shelter facilities. (Virtual options are available upon request, and have alternate pricing.) 

(Badges are not included. There is an optional “Humane Animal Rescue” patch that is available for purchase on the day of the program for $5 each.) 

Daisy

Are you looking for a fun, alternative way to help your Daisy Troop earn some badges? Check out Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and earn an “Outdoor Art Maker” badge! We will seek artistic inspiration by observing nature and scouts will even get the chance to meet a wild animal guest! This class lasts about 1 hour and is suggested for Daisy-aged girls (5-7 years old).  

Badges are not included. Program hosted at Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  

Brownie

Do you know a group of Girl Scouts who are looking to earn their “Pets” badge? Join us for a fun, hands on lesson all about pets! Brownies will get a unique experience while learning all about how to keep pets happy and healthy. The class includes a tour of one of our shelters as well as activities and lessons to complete all of the requirements of the Brownie “Pets” badge. Scouts will even get a chance to meet a few animal guests! This class lasts about 2 hours and is suggested for Brownie-aged girls (7-10 years old).  

Program hosted at either of Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s Domestic Shelters.  

Crawling, fluttering, and buzzing! Brownie scouts can complete all requirements for their “Bugs” badge during this fun-filled class. Attendees will learn all about the insects that live around us and how important they are! This lesson includes fun insect-themed crafts and a visit with an animal guest! Through this lesson, Scouts will complete all of the requirements of the “Bugs” badge. The class lasts about 90 minutes and is suggested for Brownie-aged girls (7-10 years old).  

Program hosted at Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  

Sights, sounds, and smells, oh my! Brownie Scouts can complete all requirements for their “Senses” badge during this class.  Learn all about the super and silly ways animals sense the world and meet a live animal too! Scouts will play games and do hands-on activities to explore the 5 senses.  We will spend time both inside our classroom and outside as well, so appropriate clothing and footwear is recommended.  This class lasts about 2 hours and is suggested for Brownie Scout-aged girls.    

Program hosted at Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  

Brownie Scouts will get a unique opportunity to go outside, get inspired, and be creative at the “Outdoor Art Creator” badge class. Scouts will become inspired by the outdoors to make something and design with nature. They will even meet an animal guest in the process! We will spend time both inside our classroom and outside as well, so appropriate clothing and footwear are recommended. This class lasts about 2 hours and is suggested for Brownie Scout-aged girls (7-10 years old).  

Program hosted at Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  

Junior

Is your Junior Girl Scout troop looking to earn their “Animal Habitats” badge? Come on down to Humane Animal Rescue’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to gain a rewarding experience learning about wild animals and their habitats that surround us! Scouts will even get the chance to meet an animal guest! This class includes activities to complete all of the requirements of the Junior Scouts “Animal Habitats” badge. We will provide all of the necessary materials for research and completion of each step; all you need is yourself! This class lasts roughly 2 hours and includes a break for snacks. It is suggested for Junior Scout-aged girls (8-12 years old).  

Program hosted at Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  

Cadette

Do you have a Cadette Troop looking to earn their “Night Owl” badge? Join us at Humane Animal Rescue’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center where Cadette scouts can explore our campus during the evening hours to see how the world changes when the sun goes down. Meet a nocturnal animal while learning about what makes these kinds of animals so unique. Come join us for a night filled with fun, learning, and exploration! This class includes activities to complete all of the requirements of the Cadette Scouts badge. This class lasts roughly 2 ½ hours. It is suggested for Cadette Scout-aged girls (12-14 years old).  

Program hosted at Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  

Program Presentation Course Catalogue

Want us to come to you? Then check out our catalogue of programs we can present to your group!  

These programs are designed as an assembly-style presentation with one animal guest and a digital presentation for large or small groups.  

Age range options are listed with each topic below. Program cost is $125 for us to travel to your facility. Additional $50 fee for programs outside of Allegheny County. Additional $25 for an additional animal ambassador. 

These programs can also be done at any of HARP’s facilities as well as part of a field trip.  

These programs can also be offered virtually via Zoom. Virtual programs last roughly 45 minutes, include two animal guests and a digital presentation, and the cost is $75.  

Do you know the three things every person should have before adopting a pet? Do you want to learn what it takes to own and care for a companion animal? This class will introduce you to the things you need to care for your pet. The suggested audience for this program is children from 4 to 9 years of age.

Some animals slither on the ground while others soar through the clouds. Learn about the different ways animals get around and show your peers what it would be like if you were to act like an animal. This is a program for children ages 4-6.

Untamed Colors and Patterns! Wild animals use colors and patterns to communicate with each other and to hide from danger. Learn how animals use the color wheel to their advantage. This is a for children ages 4-6.

We share planet Earth with thousands of different organisms. From microbes to raccoons, everything plays a role in keeping the world healthy. This program will show you how the animals in Pennsylvania are making the world a better place, as well as what we can do to make sure we protect it for future generations.

Without ways to communicate, the world would be a very confusing place! Communication in the animal world is complex and can be very important for survival in the wild. Join us as we talk about the different strategies that animals use to communicate with each other and with us. You might even be surprised by how similar human and animal communication can be! You will also get the chance to meet an Education Ambassador to see examples of animal communication in action.

Do you have a favorite animal? Do you have a favorite superhero? What about a favorite animal super hero? In this program you will learn about the special powers some wild animals have right here in Western PA. This program will introduce you to some amazingly fast feathered friends, a sharp eyed critter, and a small mammal with fantastic feeling abilities.

6.5 million companion animals enter shelters each year. Adopting a shelter animal is a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, the ideal conditions for having a pet can be more expensive and more of a time commitment than many realize. In this 60 minute course, find out what it takes to take care of a pet including cost, lifespan, and other important aspects to consider.

Do you know what makes a raptor different than a songbird? This class will examine the different species of birds of prey we see in Pennsylvania.

Do you ever wonder what animals are on the prowl outdoors when you are asleep? Do you know why your pets (like cats & hamsters) sometimes act differently at night? This program answers questions like these and others like it.

Endangered species can be found in every habitat around the world. You may be surprised to learn how many animals are endangered in Pennsylvania. This class will discuss endangered and threatened species in our area from bald eagles to bats, including what each and every one can do to help these animals. This program lasts approximately 60 minutes and includes a visit with a live education ambassador.

Learn why most baby animals are born in the spring. Springtime is a busy time of year for our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, in this program you will learn about the many babies that we care for every spring.

Did you know some species of reptile can live to be over 100 years old? Or that a turtle’s spine is connected to its shell? It’s true! Pennsylvania is home to many of these species of scaled and shelled friends. This program teaches all about different reptiles, where they live, and what makes them so unique.

Have you ever seen a flock of geese in the winter and wondered why they fly in a V formation? Have you ever been curious about how a small monarch butterfly can travel over 3,000 miles in only 2 months? In Masters of Migration you will learn about these and many other animals who make incredible journeys to escape winter’s chill and meet an animal Education Ambassador that knows a thing or two about migration!

In collaboration with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Take a journey with us deep into the meadow! Meadows are large, grassy fields that often have a beautiful array of flowers and an abundance of life teeming in them. In this program you will learn all about the critters that inhabit Pennsylvania’s meadows, from the tiniest pollinators to the stealthiest hawks. These stunning landscapes are vital parts of Pennsylvania’s ecosystem and should be handled and explored with care. This program correlates with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Habitat Explorers program.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to rehabilitate and release sick, injured or orphaned native Pennsylvania Wildlife? Boasting the second largest wildlife hospital in PA, Humane Animal Rescue treats over 130 different species every year! This program will give you a behind the scenes look at all it takes for our Wildlife Rehabilitators to care for anything from an owl to an opossum!

Note on COVID, Allergens and Accessibility: 

  • COVID: The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors is a priority for Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh. We are following guidance set forth by the CDC, and masks are now no longer required in our facility. Free disposable masks will be available at the entrance at all our facilities for anyone who would like one.  
  • ALLERGENS: We do our best to make our programming a safe and inclusive space, but please be advised that there may be allergens present on our facility (like pollen, animal dander, nuts, and peanut butter). 
  • PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY: Please be advised that there may be uneven pavement and gravel at certain portions of the driveway at the Wildlife Center, so appropriate footwear is advised. The Wildlife Center currently does not have designated handicap parking spaces, so please let us know if you need an accessible spot to be reserved in advance of your arrival. 

  • FINANCIAL ACCESSIBILITY:  A part of our mission at HARP is to provide equal access to all members of our community. We want to provide programming options regardless of ability to pay, so we offer a variety of scholarships and other means of assistance and fee waivers. Please contact the education department for more information if applicable.  

  • OTHER ACCOMODATIONS: If other accommodations are applicable to your group (such as groups with learning delays or in need of interpreters), please contact the education department for more information. 

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Payment can be made via exact cash or check. Checks can made out to “Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh” and mailed to the following address: 

Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh 

ATN: Education Department 

6000 Verona Road 

Verona, PA 15147 

If you must cancel or reschedule your program, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance to reschedule or cancel for no fee. To cancel or reschedule a program, contact our Education Department via telephone at 412-345-7300 x501 or via email at education@humaneanimalrescue.org 

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