Program List

PAWS offers a variety of lessons and activities created for classroom and community presentations for young people. Through multiple forms of media, games, writing and drawing exercises, storytelling and hands-on activities, students learn about being responsible and respectful to all living beings.

Most programs are generally available Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Registration is handled on a first come, first served basis. Our programs often fill three to six months in advance, so please plan ahead when scheduling your class or group.

All PAWS’ educational presentations are designed to help students meet the Next Generation Science Standards. For more information on which standards these programs meet, view PAWS Education Programs Standards Alignment.

Please contact education@paws.org or call our office at 425.415.4026 for current program fees.

Elementary Programs | Preschool Programs | Middle School and Older | All Ages

2016-2017 School Year Offerings

Elementary School Programs

Growing up Wild 

Grade Level: K-grade 2

Length of presentation: 40-50 minutes

Group size: up to 35 students

Description: What’s the difference between a wild animal and a “pet” animal? How are they different from us, and how are they similar? Students actively engage in discussions and in hands-on and movement activities.

Companion Animals are Cool

Grade Level: K-grade 2

Length of presentation: 40-50 minutes

Group size: up to 35 students

Description: What do pets need, and what makes a responsible pet guardian? How do our cats and dogs communicate with us? We use role-playing and other engaging activities to talk about safety around stray animals and other pet-related topics. 

Everybody Needs a Home

Grade Level: Grades 2-4

Length of presentation: 50-60 minutes

Group size: up to 35 students

Description: What makes a good habitat for a wild animal? How do stray pets find good homes and families? We explore the broad concepts of home, family and the interdependence of living things through fun discussion and activities. 

Kids Who Care

Grade Level: Grade 4

Length of presentation: 6 classroom visits, 55-60 minutes each

Group size: up to 35 students

Description: Our signature program is a six-week classroom-based course and is interdisciplinary, providing opportunities for reading, journaling, critical thinking and problem solving. Lessons combine videos, hands-on activities, role-playing, discussion and presentation.

  • Week 1: Introduction to PAWS; Responsible Pet Care and Dog Safety 
  • Week 2: Animal Shelters and the Problems of Overpopulation 
  • Week 3: Basic needs of All Animals and Quality of Life
  • Week 4: Washington's Wild Animals and their Habitats
  • Week 5: Keeping Wildlife Wild and Safe
  • Week 6: Bringing it All Together: Humane Living

Careers Helping Animals

Grade Level: Grades 4-5

Length of presentation: 45-60 minutes

Group size: up to 35 students

Description: What is it like to work with animals? Students explore animal-centered careers, learning about exciting possibilities and the challenges involved. Videos and activities add to expert-led discussions.

Preschool Programs

Growing up Wild 

Grade Level: Ages 3-6

Length of presentation: 40-45 minutes

Group size: up to 25 students

Description: What’s the difference between a wild animal and a “pet” animal? How are they different from us, and how are they similar? Students actively engage in discussions and in hands-on and movement activities specifically directed to preschool students.

Companion Animals are Cool

Grade Level: Ages 3-6

Length of presentation: 40-45 minutes

Group size: up to 25 students

Description: What do pets need, and what makes a responsible pet guardian? How do our cats and dogs communicate with us? We use role-playing and other engaging activities to talk about safety around stray animals and other pet-related topics. Activities are created specifically for preschool students.

Animal Superpowers

Grade Level: Ages 3-6

Length of presentation: 45-50 minutes

Group size: up to 25 students

Description: Explore some of the world’s most extraordinary superheroes: animals! Through hands-on activities and games, students learn how different animals move, sense, and survive with their amazing “superpowers.”

Middle School and High School Programs

Careers Helping Animals

Grade Level: Grade 5 and up

Length of presentation: 50-60 minutes

Group size: up to 35 students

Description: What is it like to work with animals? Students explore animal-centered careers, learning about exciting possibilities and the challenges involved. Videos and activities add to expert-led discussions.

Wildlife Investigation

Grade Level: Grades 6-8

Length of presentation: 60-75 minutes

Group size: up to 35 students

Description: What is wildlife rehabilitation? Why do so many animals, especially bids, get injured? This hands-on scientific investigation will give students a chance to explore the main causes of avian injuries, and dive deeply into what they can do to help.

For information about our programs for teens ages 13-17, contact us at education@paws.org.

Programs for All Ages

PAWS: People Helping Animals

Grade Level: All ages

Length of presentation: 45-60 minutes

Group size: Up to 50 students

Description: This program offers students an introduction to the work of PAWS, a Northwest leader in protecting animals since 1967. Students will learn about PAWS and ways that individuals can get involved in helping animals in their community. There is no fee for this program, but donations are appreciated.

For current information about program fees or to schedule a program, please contact the Education Programs Manager at education@paws.org or call 425.412.4026.