At the Nebraska Humane Society, we utilize humane education to reinforce character development skills, such as kindness, compassion, empathy, and responsibility. From caring for family pets to preventing animal suffering, we want youth, their classmates and their families to take an active role in providing hope to animals in our community.
Our goal is to prepare the next generation of animal advocates through a variety of offerings for school-aged youth, including: summer camps for kids ages 6 to 13, clubs for teens and pre-teens, Boy and Girl Scout programs, and birthday parties. Humane education isn’t just for kids—we also provide teacher resources and other programs for the entire family, including: shelter tours, classroom curriculum ideas, service projects, and much more! Have an idea? Pitch it to us here!
Education Teachers (paid staff) are all CPR, AED, First Aid, and Epi pen trained for your childs safety.
**Please Note: We are restructuring our education offerings and a few of our programs are on hiatus for fall/winter of 2023. Check back in early 2024 for updates!
Here’s an overview of our programs:
A weeklong summer camp for animal-loving kids! Campers will experience a behind-the-scenes look at shelter life through fun, hands-on activities. Learn more about Camp Kindness »
Paws and Claws, Hearts and Hooves, Baxter's Camp are day-long sessions for animal loving kids! Get a peek behind the scenes at shelter life and enjoy the love as you help animals!
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Nurture your child’s curiosity about animals and their impact on our community. Our Humane Hands Club is open to youth ages 13 to 16 interested in the journey animals take through our shelter. Learn more »
Hey Party Animals--Celebrate your birthday at NHS! Learn more and schedule your party today »
Note: 20 guests maximum (including adults)
During our 90-minute education workshop, Scouts will learn about responsible pet ownership, dog/cat bite safety and pet overpopulation, among other topics. Each Scout will leave with his or her Bone Badge for Pet Care and Responsible Pet Ownership. Click here to learn more »
NHS has a whole list of projects appropriate for Eagle Scouts to undertake. Call 402-444-7800 ext. 2214 for more information.
Civic groups, organizations or clubs can see how we care for and house the thousands of animals that come into our shelter. We’ll take you behind the scenes (virtually) and show you the process an animal goes through as it makes its way from the stray kennels to a new home. Go behind the scenes to the surgical suite, tag along as we feed animals, and learn why we work so hard to get the animals out to good homes. We ask $3 per person which stays right here to help homeless pets. To schedule a group tour please call 402-444-7800, ext. 2214.
To enhance the classroom lessons, the Nebraska Humane Society offers classes participating in our Humane Education Program behind the scenes tours of the Lied Humane Center. From the kennels to the operating room, get an up-close look at how the shelter operates and experience the compassion we offer all animals in our care! We ask $3 per person which stays right here to help homeless pets. To schedule a school tour please call 402-444-7800, ext. 2214.
Our Humane Education program offers comprehensive curriculum to educate youngsters and the community on the joys and responsibilities that come with owning a pet. In addition to presentations and school visits by our humane educators, we offer age-specific, downloadable lesson plans, so teachers can fully explore the material in a classroom setting.
Our educators are happy to visit your school and offer presentations on the following topics:
Call 402-444-7800 ext. 2214 to request a presentation. We request a donation to help cover the cost of staff time, mileage and care for the visiting animal.
Here's a list of fun activities for any animal-lover.
Do you have a group interested in doing a community service project for the Nebraska Humane Society and their animals? We would love to have your assistance in supporting our animals, so look no fur-ther! Here are some ideas for your group to help the animals: