APA School Programs
Education is at the heart of the APA’s mission, and we’re thrilled to offer a large variety of programs that teach the values of animal welfare and healthy emotions. If you’re interested in bringing the APA to your school you can submit a scheduling request.
No More Bullying!
Grades 3rd through 5th
Studies show that animal abuse leads to human abuse, which leads to animal abuse. This innovative elementary school bullying and violence prevention program aims to break the cycle early. By conveying the significance of treating all beings with care, it inspires students to live healthier lives and become valuable members of their community.
We are partnering with Purina Farms to provide a value-centric interactive curriculum featuring pet-care lessons and activities. Students will learn about creating positive relationships, managing emotions, and showing compassion for people and animals. The curriculum is designed to be delivered over one week. Programming can take place in-person or virtual.
Kids Who Care
This service learning project tasks kids with finding ways to help animals at the APA, such as collecting items from our wish list, making dog treats, or hosting a lemonade stand. The end goal is not just aiding animals, but teaching the value of community and the human-animal bond. Kids are welcome to visit the APA Adoption Center during our open hours to help find inspiration or place items in our donation cart.
Girl Scouts Badge
If your girl scout hopes to have a pet someday, or wants to take better care of a current one, this Brownie Pets Badge course will show them the way. In this course, kids learn what different pets need, and how to help them feel healthy, safe, and loved.
Ages 2 through 5
Tuesday Tales is a weekly storytime designed for our littlest learners. Children are invited to hear animal-themed stories, create animal crafts, and learn about how the APA helps animals, and meet a furry friend. Volunteers lead the event every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for children and their caregivers. Space is limited, so please make your reservation here.
Safety With Animals
Grades Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd
In this program, kids are taught how dogs and cats communicate, the safe way to approach a dog, and what to do if crossing paths with a stray animal.
Animal Welfare 101
Adults and students grades 7 and up
This class helps adults and mature students understand how St. Louis’ various animal welfare organizations work together to serve animals and people.