Humane Society Silicon Valley’s youth education programs remain suspended through Summer 2021. We are committed to keeping our staff, volunteers, customers, and students safe by following all recommendations from local and state public health officials. We will continue to post updates on this page as services resume. Learn more about changes all around the shelter here.

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV)’s education programs provide children an opportunity to learn about animal care, humane advocacy, and compassion for all living beings. They say raising children takes a village. So does creating a community where every pet has a home!

Parents and students, let us know what kinds of activities and programs you’d like to get involved in!

Contact the Education Team!

Scout Programs

We offer several interactive programs on how to care for pets tailored for Girl Scout troops and Boy Scout packs. We require a 5-scout minimum and typically schedule Scout Programs on either Tuesdays or Saturdays with start times as early as 10:30 a.m. and as late as 4:30 p.m.

To schedule: We are sorry, this opportunity is currently unavailable.

Center Tours

Through interactive activities in our classroom and an in-depth tour of our facility, children will learn about the shelter, the animals in our care, and how they can make sure animals stay safe, happy, and healthy. Teachers are given an age-appropriate activity packet, and each child receives a bookmark at the conclusion of the program. Tours are for children ages 4 & up.

Cost: $45 for the first 12 students; $2 per additional child

Availability: One-hour tours are scheduled on Tuesday or Saturdays between 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.

To schedule: We are sorry, this opportunity is currently unavailable.

Kind Kids Field Trip

Join us for a free interactive field trip where students can explore what animals need to feel safe, happy, and healthy and how they can help animals every day. (Available to Title I schools only)

Grades: 2nd -5th grades

Program Details: Minimum 20 students.  Maximum 40 students.  The field trip lasts 2.5 hours, which includes a 30-minute lunch break. Lunches are to be provided by parents or school.

Availability: Tuesday –Friday, from 10:30 a.m. –1 p.m. Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.

Cost: FREE for Title I schools! HSSV will cover the program fee, supplies, and busing. Teachers are responsible for scheduling the bus once a field trip date is mutually agreed upon.

Questions: Contact the Education Team at 408-262-2133 x268 or education@hssv.org 

To schedule: We are sorry, this opportunity is currently unavailable.

Animal Care Workshop

Program Details: Interested in helping your group learn more about animal needs? Book an Animal Care Workshop! During the 1.5 hour workshop, students will do an animal needs activity in our classroom, go on an in-depth tour of our facility, and meet an animal. Children will learn about the shelter, the animals in our care, and how they can make sure animals stay safe, happy, and healthy. Teachers are given an age-appropriate activity packet, and each child receives a bookmark and HSSV fun patch at the conclusion of the workshop.

For Ages: 6 years and up

Availability: Scheduled Tuesdays or Saturdays between 10:30 a.m. –4:30p.m. There is a 5-student minimum. Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.

Cost: $11.00 per student

Contact: If you have any questions, please call us at 408-262-2133 x268 or education@hssv.org

To schedule: We are sorry, this opportunity is currently unavailable.

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