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Animal workshops, camps and events for kids

The BC SPCA makes learning about animals fun! We offer youth workshops, summer day camps and special youth events.

Youth Events

Here’s what’s coming up for kids at the BC SPCA! Please scroll down for full details on each event.

  • Weekend workshops: Nanaimo, Tri-Cities (Coquitlam), Victoria
  • Pro-D day workshops (2019/2020 school year): Kamloops, Surrey, Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Victoria
  • Afterschool programs: Tillicum Elementary (Victoria)
  • Spring break camps: Kamloops, Nanaimo, Surrey, Tri-Cities (Coquitlam), Vancouver, Victoria, West Kootenay (Castlegar

Weekend workshops

Nanaimo

Join us at the Nanaimo SPCA for a three-session series of Saturday workshops for kids! Participants will learn all about the BC SPCA and caring for animals, through fun activities, games, crafts and time with some of the animals in our care. Each session will focus on a different group of animals.

Dates: Feb. 22 (dogs), Feb. 29 (small animals), Mar. 7 (cats)
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ages: for youth born 2008-2011
Event cost: $75
Questions? Please contact Blaire Sigson

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Tri-Cities

This winter, join us at the Tri-Cities SPCA for an engaging series of pet care workshops! Kids will learn what it takes to give pets happy and healthy lives, why different animals behave in certain ways, and how to interact with animals safely and respectfully. Each session will focus on a different group of animals. Sign up for a single session, or register for all three and save!

Date: Jan. 26 (cats), Feb. 2 (small animals), Feb. 9 (dogs – FULL)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $30 per session, or register for all three for $75
For questions and wait list requests: Please contact Allison Simpson

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Victoria

Kids are invited to join us at the Victoria SPCA for our Saturday Pet Care workshop series! Through fun games, crafts and activities, participants will learn about caring for animals, and they will learn all about the BC SPCA. Each session will focus on a different group of animals. Sign up for one, two or three sessions, or register for all four and save!

Dates: Jan. 4 (dogs), Jan. 11 (small animals), Jan. 18 (cats), Jan. 25 (wildlife)
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $40 per session, or register for all four for $120
Questions? Please contact Olivia Bancroft

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Pro-D day workshops

Kamloops

Join us at the Kamloops SPCA this Feb. 7 pro-d day! Kids will spend the day learning all about animals through fun and engaging games, crafts and activities, and will spend time interacting with some of the suitable animals in our care.

Date: Feb. 7 – FULL
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m.; pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $40
For questions and wait list requests: Please contact Deirdre Campbell

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Maple Ridge

School’s out for many students in Maple Ridge on Feb. 13 and 14. Kids are invited to join us at the Maple Ridge SPCA to learn all about animals through fun and engaging games, projects and guest speakers, and meet some of the adoptable animals in our care. Register for one day, or sign up for both and save!

Date: Feb. 13 & 14
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m. and pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2007-2011
Event cost: $40/day, or $70 for both days
Questions? Please contact Allison Simpson

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Surrey

School’s out for many students in Surrey on Feb. 21. Kids are invited to join us at the Surrey Education & Adoption Centre to discover what it’s like working at the BC SPCA! Participants will learn about animal care duties and different career opportunities, and they will meet some of the adoptable animals in our care.

Date: Feb. 21
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Ages: for kids born 2004-2007
Event cost: $40
Questions? Please contact Allison Simpson

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Vancouver

School’s out for many Vancouver students this Jan. 20, so students are invited to spend the day at the Vancouver SPCA! Participants will spend the day learning all about animals through fun and engaging games, crafts and activities, and will spend time interacting with some of the suitable animals in our care.

Date: Jan. 20 – FULL
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m.; pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $50
Questions? Please contact Lisa Keegan

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Join us at the Vancouver SPCA this Feb. 14 pro-d day! Animal lovers will spend the day learning all about animals through fun and engaging games, crafts and activities and will spend time interacting with some of the suitable animals in our care.

Date: Feb. 14
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m.; pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $50
For questions and wait list requests: Please contact Lisa Keegan

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Victoria

Join us at the Victoria SPCA this Feb. 14 pro-d day! Animal lovers will spend the day learning all about animals through fun and engaging games, crafts and activities and will spend time interacting with some of the suitable animals in our care.

Date: Feb. 14
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m.; pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $50
Questions? Please contact Olivia Bancroft

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Afterschool programs

Tillicum Elementary

Calling all grades 3, 4 and 5 students of Tillicum Elementary! The BC SPCA is offering special afterschool pet workshops, where kids will learn all about what pets need to lead happy and healthy lives, in a fun and interactive environment.

Dates: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 24
Time: 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.
Ages: Grades  3, 4 & 5
Event cost: $20 for four sessions
Questions? Please contact Olivia Bancroft

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Spring break camps

This spring break, kids are invited to join us for a fun-filled week of camp that’s all about animals! Through fun games, engaging projects and fascinating guest speakers, kids will explore important animal welfare issues and will learn what animals need in order to have happy and healthy lives. Participants will also spend time with some adoptable animals in our care. Register by Feb. 21, 2020 and receive a $25 early bird discount!

Kamloops

Location: BC SPCA Kamloops & District Branch
Dates
: Mar. 16-20
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m.; pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $200
Questions? Please contact Deirdre Campbell

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Nanaimo

Location: BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Branch
Dates
: Mar. 16-20
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m.; pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $225
Questions? Please contact Blaire Sigson

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Location: BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Branch
Dates: Mar. 23-25
Event: Career Prep Workshop
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:45 a.m.; pick-up extends to 2:15 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2004-2007
Event cost: $125
Questions? Please contact Blaire Sigson

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Surrey

Location: BC SPCA Surrey Education & Adoption Centre
Dates: Mar. 23-27
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m.; pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $200
Questions? Please contact Allison Simpson

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Tri-Cities

Location: BC SPCA Tri-Cities Education & Adoption Centre
Dates
: Mar. 16-20
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m.; pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $250
Questions? Please contact Allison Simpson

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Vancouver

Location: BC SPCA Vancouver Branch
Dates
: Mar. 16-20 – FULL
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m.; pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $250
For questions and wait list requests: Please contact Lisa Keegan

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Victoria

Location: BC SPCA Victoria Branch
Dates
: Mar. 16-20 & Mar. 23-27
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m.; pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2008-2012
Event cost: $250
Questions? Please contact Olivia Bancroft

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West Kootenay

Location: BC SPCA West Kootenay & District Branch
Dates
: Mar. 16-20
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:00 a.m.; pick-up extends to 4:00 p.m.)
Ages: for kids born 2008-2011
Event cost: $200
Questions? Please contact Stephenie Campbell

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Just a note about:

Refund policy

One-day workshops/workshop series: A full refund will be issued with seven days’ notice of cancellation. Refunds will not be issued if registration is cancelled fewer than seven days prior to the event.

Spring break camps: A full refund will be issued with two full weeks’ notice of cancellation. A prorated refund of 50% will be issued with a full week’s notice of cancellation. No refund will be issued with less than a week’s notice of cancellation.

Time spent with animals

We do our best to provide some hands-on time with animals — though we know that kids always want more! Sometimes, animal time is limited because we must be cognizant of the stress levels and health of the animals and of the fact that the shelter is a working adoption facility.

When possible, we do bring shelter-approved animals into the education space and allow kids to interact with them in small numbers. We also take kids on a shelter tour to introduce them to the animals and share their stories. For safety and insurance reasons, however, kids will not be interacting with shelter dogs.

Educational assistance

Our workshops are education-based and, as such, some reading and writing are incorporated into our activities. If your child requires assistance at school for academic or behavioural support, please contact our Humane Education department so we can discuss how best to support them.

If your child requires more one-on-one support, due to limited staff, we may ask for an aid with a criminal record check to attend the workshop with your child to ensure they are supported.

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