Early Childhood Programs

PAWS' early childhood program offerings include our Animal Adventurers series for children aged 3-5 years, which ran for the first time in the summer of 2016. Read more about the series below, and look out for it returning in the summer of 2017. You can sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to get information like this delivered straight to your inbox.

Animal Adventurers

These classes are designed for you and your child to explore the animal world together as animal adventurers! Using movement, imaginative play, games, songs and crafts, we explore the animals who call PAWS their home. After you've enjoyed these activities, your Adventure Guide will lead you and your fellow animal lovers on a tour of PAWS relating to the class theme.

Class descriptions for our 2016 series are below. Participants could register for one, for all, or for some of the classes. Each class lasted an hour and 15 minutes.

The Cat’s Meow

What do young children and kittens have in common? Curiosity and cuteness, among other things. In this session we explore the world of cats and kittens and how these fur balls can make the purrfect best friend. Learn about what it takes to care for a kitten and practice your pouncing skills as we turn ourselves into the coolest cats in town.

Backyard Buddies

Everyone has one of “those” neighbors, you know that neighbor who is up all night long, always inviting all their friends over, or keeps peeking over your fence? No not that one, we’re talking about the raccoons, squirrels and crows! Learn more about the amazing animals that share your back yard as we share how these creatures can be some of the coolest neighbors in the neighborhood. 

Claws and PAWS

From the soft pads of a kitten’s paw to the sharp claws of an eagle’s talons, feet come in all shapes and sizes at PAWS. We dive feet first into how having specialized feet can help you find food, dig a cozy shelter, or just help with a big morning stretch on a scratching post. 


You may see these creatures scurrying about, always busy-busy-busy. They have so much to do and so little time! Sound familiar? In this session we explore the world of squirrels, from what they eat to their expert memory skills. Find out why squirrels are the Johnny Appleseeds of the animal word and how important these little critters are.

Hot Diggity Dogs!

Calling all dog lovers! From their nose that always knows, to their tails that never fail, find out what makes a dog our best friend. We explore the world from a dog’s point of view, excited to play and always ready to go. With their mouths open wide and tongues out to the side, they’re happy to see us, so hurry, come now!

Who’s Who at PAWS

It takes a village to care for all of the animals at PAWS. From taking care of baby birds to helping find forever homes for the lucky dogs and cats, there are many jobs to be done. Travel around the PAWS campus as we meet the who’s who of PAWS and get a chance to help them do their part to care for the animals.

For more information about Animal Adventurers, please e-mail education@paws.org.