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School Field Trips

In-person field trips currently offered at the Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Racine Campuses

The Wisconsin Humane Society now offers both in-person and virtual field trips for students K4 - Grade 12 at our Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Racine Campuses. Our field trip lessons align with state and national standards and can be tailored to accommodate the needs of your classroom. Our team would love to work with your class!

In-person field trips are $50 for school groups and can host up to 30 participants.* This option includes a virtual behind-the-scenes tour to view with your class prior to your visit, an on-site tour of our adoption area, a fun lesson that aligns with your educational goals, and a chance for your students to meet an animal. Offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week.
*Our Milwaukee Campus has the capacity for up to 10 additional students for an added cost of $2 per student.

Virtual field trips are $50 for school groups and can host up to 60 participants. This online option includes a virtual behind-the-scenes tour, a live virtual tour of one of our animal adoption areas with a chance to see some animals, and a live virtual lesson of your choice. Offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week.

Click on a lesson below to learn more:


Tales & Tails

For students in K4 through Grade 2

Literacy, Science 

This lesson blends literacy with information about the Wisconsin Humane Society for a fun, cross-curricular program. Students will listen to a story read aloud, learn about how WHS takes care of animals, and visit our Adoption Avenue (either virtually or in-person) to see the animals waiting for new homes and meet a furry friend. 

Standards:

English Language Arts: Speaking & Listening 

Comprehension and Collaboration 

SL.2.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.  

Follow agreed-upon norms for discussions and participate by actively listening, taking turns, gaining the floor in respectful ways, and staying on topic.  

Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.  

SL.2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. 

Social Studies: Inquiry Practices and Processes (Inq)  

Standard SS.Inq5: Wisconsin students will be civically engaged.  

Performance Indicator: SS.Inq5.a.e Explore opportunities for personal or collaborative civic engagement with community, school, state, tribal, national, and/or global implications. 

 

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Animal Talk

For students in K5 through Grade 2

Science, Health

Animals and people are more alike that we may sometimes think! Animals may not speak with words, but they have other ways to communicate what they are feeling. Students will use their observational skills to help decipher the language of companion animals and learn how to safely interact with them. 

Standards: 

Science: Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) — Life Science 1 (LS1) – Structures and Processes

SCI.LS1.D: Information Processing

Performance Indicator: SCI.LS1.D.1 Animals sense and communicate information and respond to inputs with behaviors that help them grow and survive.

Health: Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risk

Learning Priority: Identify and apply effective interpersonal communication skills

Performance Indicator: 4:1:B Describe ways to respond when in an unwanted, threatening, or dangerous situation. 4:1:B2 Use refusal skills including firmly saying no and getting away from the situation. 4:1:B3 Explain how to communicate to a trusted adult if threatened or harmed.

 

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Animal Careers

For students in Grades 3 through 12

Social Studies; Career Development; Environment, Health, and Safety

Learn about of the rewarding careers at an animal shelter. Students will hear directly from staff in a few key roles about the skills and experiences needed to enter their career field. 

Standards: 

Social Studies Wisconsin State Standard

SS.Inq5: Explore opportunities for personal or collaborative civic engagement with community, school, state, tribal, national, and/or global implications.

Career Development Wisconsin State Standard

CD1.a.3.h: Evaluate various occupations and career pathways to identify personal, academic and career goals based on personal strengths, aptitudes, and passions.

Environment, Health and Safety Wisconsin State Standard

EHS1.a.3.e: Describe how personal choices impact natural and human-build systems

 

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Inside the Veterinary Profession

For students in Grades 6 through 12

Social Studies; Career Development; Environment, Health, and Safety

Get the scoop on what it takes to be a veterinarian, what to expect on the job, and what makes shelter medicine unique. Students will also learn about other career options in the animal field, as well. Student will participate in a veterinary science activity to see firsthand what a vet may do during a typical day.  

Standards: 

Social Studies Wisconsin State Standard

SS.Inq5: Explore opportunities for personal or collaborative civic engagement with community, school, state, tribal, national, and/or global implications.

Career Development Wisconsin State Standard

CD1.a.3.h: Evaluate various occupations and career pathways to identify personal, academic and career goals based on personal strengths, aptitudes, and passions.

Environment, Health and Safety Wisconsin State Standard

EHS1.a.3.e: Describe how personal choices impact natural and human-build systems

 

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Schedule Request Forms

If you're interested in scheduling a program or field trip, click the link below or contact a member or our team:

-- Click here to request an in-person field trip --

-- Click here to request a virtual field trip -- 

 

For more information, please contact a member of our Youth Programs Team:

Milwaukee CampusRobin O'Brien | 414-431-6153
Ozaukee CampusLibby Jones | 262-988-5947
Racine CampusJenna Engelking | 262-554-6699 x5014

For all other inquiries, please email our Youth Programs team

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