Humane education is the first brick in the road toward a more humane and compassionate community! Through educational and outreach programs, Learn Humane introduces New Mexico’s youth and adults to concepts, skills and resources that help humans build kind and compassionate relationships with their companion pets and one another.

Respect, responsibility, kindness, compassion, and citizenship

These are the qualities we want our children to acquire to ensure a positive community to come. Learn Humane Youth brings these concepts to your students through events and activities that encourage them to consider the needs of companion pets and how their own actions affect others, both people and pets.

Class Presentations

Bring Learn Humane to your classroom! Our class or group presentations cover a variety of humane topics and are available for all grade levels. They can be offered to single or multiple classes and can be scheduled Monday – Friday, 7  am – 5 pm. See list of available lessons below.

Group Tours

Tours of our Main Campus are offered to youth and adult visitors. They are able to be scheduled Monday – Friday from 10 am – 5 pm. Tours can be combined with any Learn Humane lesson listed below. Tours typically require 1 hour, and tours plus presentation require 2 hours.

Lessons for Grades K - 4

Pet Care Basics

What do pets need from people? Students learn about responsible pet ownership while taking turns choosing pet care items from our “grab bag,” learning what the items are and why pets need them. Through group questions, we’ll explore how pets are similar to people.

This presentation is ideal for K-2nd grade classes learning about pets and animals, but is open to students through 5th grade.

This presentation helps meet the following NM State Education Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K-4.1, 3
Health Ed K-4 Benchmark 1 Content Standard 1
Health Ed K-4 Benchmark 2 Content Standard 3
Social Studies K-4 Benchmark IIID Strand: Civics & Gov’t. Content Standard III

Grades K – 5
Requires 45 – 60 minutes

Be a Tree Dog Bite Prevention Program

Did you know that half of all children are bitten by a dog by the time they are 12 years old? Luckily, many bites can be prevented through education. This fun and interactive presentation is perfect for all students grades K – 4. Be A Tree introduces children to tools to use to be safe with dogs. Students will learn basics about dog body language and how to make good choices and act safely around strange dogs and with their own.

The “Be a Tree” program is an innovative and interactive dog bite prevention education program created by the non-profit organization Doggone Safe. To learn more about this great resource for children and adults, please visit http://www.doggonesafe.com/

Please note: Due to the nature of bite prevention education, visitor dogs do not attend Be A Tree presentations.

This presentation helps meet the following New Mexico State Education Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K-4.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K-4.3
Health Education Content Standard 3, K – 4 Benchmark 3 and 6
Health Education Content Standard 5, K – 4 Benchmark 1

Grades K-4

Requires 45-60 minutes

Careers with Animals

In this fun, interactive presentation students will explore 4 careers caring for animals that can all be found in Albuquerque with help from classmates.

Recommended for 3rd grade and up.

This presentation helps meet the following New Mexico State Education Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1, 3.1
Civics and Government K – 4 Benchmark IIID 2.2, 3.2

Grades 3 – 5

Requires 45 – 60 minutes

Special Request Presentations

Do you have a companion animal related topic you’d like to introduce to your students? We can create custom presentations for any grade level. Contact our Humane Education to discuss creation of a special presentation.

Schedule a tour or presentation online. Please allow 30 days from your application submission to your requested date.

Lessons for Grades 5 - 8

Introducing Animal Humane

What is an animal shelter? What do shelters do? Why do they do it? During this  presentation, which includes a slide show and interactive activity, students learn about Animal Humane New Mexico and how and why we care for New Mexico’s homeless pets. We will explore things students can do to help homeless pets. Students will be introduced to ideas of spay & neuter, adoption, and proper animal care.

Grades 5 – 8
Requires 60 minutes

Spay & Neuter

Pet overpopulation is an epidemic in our state, and every year thousands of pets lose their lives because of it. Through this combination slide show + activity presentation, students learn what spay & neutering is, and why it is so important for keeping pets out of shelters. Discussion covers the effects of one person (or pets) decisions, what pets need from people, and how our actions can help ourselves and others.

This presentation helps meet the following NM State Education Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5-8
CCSS.Math.Content.6-8.SP.A.1
Science Strand II: Standard II: 5-8 Benchmark 1
Social Studies Strand: Civics & Gov’t 5-8 Benchmark 3-D.7.1

Grades 5 – 8
Requires 45 – 60 minutes

Preventing Animal Cruelty

Pets depend on humans for love and care. What happens to pets when they do not receive that care? What can caring people do to prevent animal abuse and neglect, help pets and, ultimately, their whole neighborhood? Students learn what cruelty is, how it affects domestic animals, about the link between pet abuse and people being endangered and, most importantly, how to help. An informative slide show is followed by an activity where students take a pets’ perspective to tell their story.

This presentation helps meet the following NM State Education Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5-8.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5-8.3
Health Ed 5-8 Benchmark Content Standard 5 Benchmark 1, 4, 5
Health Ed 5-8 Benchmark Content Standard 7 Benchmark 5                                                                                                                         Social Studies: Civics & Gov’t 5-8 Benchmark 3-D.7.1

Grades 5 – 8
Requires 45 – 60 minutes

505 Pit Crew: The Real Face of Dogfighting

Did you know most convicted dog fighters see their first fight before age 9 and become involved in this terrible crime as teenagers? Did you know that the youth involved in dog-fighting come from many neighborhoods and many different backgrounds? The 505 Pit Crew aims to introduce middle and high school students to the concept that dog-fighting is a crime that is harmful to the dogs, the human participants and their entire communities before they become involved. Students learn what a dog fight is, explore why young fighters might get involved, and then dig deeper to compare the ideas and images of dog fighting that they might encounter through friends and media with the realities, both for people and pets. Most importantly, students learn how to stand up and say no to dog-fighting.
Grades 6 – 8
Requires 60 – 90 minutes

505 Pit Crew: 8 Week Session

Take 505 Pit Crew education one step further with this 8 week series. As in the 1-hour “Real Face of Dog Fighting” presentation, students learn what dog-fighting is and how it affects dogs and humans. However, with extended session, students learn much more! Over the full 8 weeks, students dig deeper to learn about canine communication, consider the wider consequences of individual actions, the human+dog bond, and stereotypes and the media. We explore concepts such as respect, empathy, the dangers of prejudice, and what all of us can do to help others.
Grades 6 – 8
Requires 8 1-hour visits

An Introduction to Animal Welfare

Students get an introduction to animal welfare work, learning about why animal shelters exist, how they benefit our communities and about the Homeless Pet Problem that our shelters face. They will then learn more about how animal welfare concerns really affect our communities by thoroughly exploring two issues: pet homelessness and animal cruelty. Each section ends with a discussion on steps students can take to help solve these problems.

Requires 60 – 90 minutes.

Special Request Presentations

Do you have a companion animal related topic you’d like to introduce to your students? We can create custom presentations for any grade level. Contact Gina Sena, our Humane Director to discuss creation of a special presentation.

Schedule a tour or presentation online. Please allow 30 days from your application submission to your requested date.

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