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Classroom Visits: Helping Educate our Future

Heartland offers free educational visits to local schools and youth organizations. Through these visits, we hope to instill respect and compassion for animals. All lessons are age appropriate and help schools meet “Instructions in Ethics and Morality” under ORS Statute 336.067.

Each topic is roughly 30 minutes, however, length can differ depending on targeted age group. We are also happy to bring a furry friend to each visit.

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Animal Safety (How to greet a dog)

Children learn skills on how to respect dogs, identify body language and behaviors, and how to make wise decisions in meeting, caring for, and in dog ownership.

Responsible Pet Care

Children are given the first steps towards being responsible pet owners by learning how to meet the needs of their pets.

Cat & Dog 101

Covers cat & dog anatomy, and answers some of those fun who, what, where, and why questions about our wonderful companions.

Pocket Pets

Teaches the importance of making good decisions when choosing a pet, including the consideration of costs, time and space requirements. Also teaches children how to handle, care for, and own small pets.

6th Grade through 8th Grade

Animal Related Careers

Teaches students about a variety of career opportunities with animals and what some of the requirements are to achieve success.

Health Benefits of Pets

Teaches students, through a discussion, on what the health benefits are and how to keep your pets happy and healthy.

Heartland Humane Society and the Community

Teaches students about the role of the humane society in the community, the effects of pet overpopulation, responsible pet ownership, and ways they can get involved.

Set up a Classroom Visit

Please contact Lauren Garcia, Humane Education Coordinator at or call (541) 757-9000, ext. 108


*Photo Credit to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Santiam: Safety Town Program