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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.

March youth events

Maple Ridge

This spring break, we will be offering a three-session youth workshop series  at the Maple Ridge SPCA. Through fun games and hands-on activities, kids will learn all about what it takes to keep pets happy and healthy… and they will spend time with some of the adoptable animals at the shelter, too!

These workshops will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. , and each session will focus on a different group of animals:

  • March 26: Small animal care
  • March 27: Cat care
  • March 28: Dog care

Sign up for a single session ($25), or save money by registering for all three ($60).

Questions? Please contact Laura Young.

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Tri-Cities (Coquitlam)

Kids (born 2007-2011) are invited to join us at the Tri-Cities SPCA for our Saturday morning workshops to learn all about proper pet care for cats, dogs and small animals! Participants will enjoy animal-themed games, crafts and activities, plus time spent with some animals in our care.

  • March 30: Cat care
  • April 13: Small animal care
  • April 27: Dog care

Each session will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sign up for a single session ($25), or save money by registering for all three ($60).

Questions? Please contact Allison Simpson.

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Information, online registration and administrative support for our 2019 summer camp season will become available for select locations beginning April 1.

Spring break camps

This spring break, kids are invited to join us for a week of camp that’s all about animals! Campers will take part in specially designed games and activities, hear from guest speakers and spend time with some animals in our care.

Our week-long day camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with drop off beginning at 9:00 a.m. and pick up extending until 4:00 p.m.

Administrative support will be available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Castlegar

Dates: March 18-22, 2019
Location: BC SPCA West Kootenay Community Animal Centre
Age range: for kids born 2007-2010
Registration fee: $150

Questions? Please contact Stephenie Campbell.

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Cowichan

Dates: March 18-22, 2019
Location: BC SPCA Cowichan & District branch
Age range: for kids born 2007-2011
Registration fee: $160

Questions or wait list request? Please contact Olivia Bancroft.

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Kelowna

Dates: March 25-29, 2019 (FOUR SPOTS LEFT!)
Location: BC SPCA Kelowna branch
Age range: for kids born 2007-2010
Registration fee: $220

Questions or wait list request? Please contact Lily Churchill.

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Nanaimo

Dates: March 25-29, 2019 (FULL)
Location: BC SPCA Nanaimo branch
Age range: for kids born 2007-2010
Registration fee: $180

Questions or wait list request? Please contact Blaire Sigson.

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Surrey

Dates: March 25-29, 2019 (FULL)
Location: BC SPCA Surrey Education & Adoption Centre
Age range: for kids born 2007-2011
Registration fee: $200

Questions or wait list request? Please contact Allison Simpson.

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Tri-Cities (Coquitlam)

Dates: March 18-22, 2019 (FULL)
Location: BC SPCA Tri-Cities Education & Adoption Centre
Age range: for kids born 2007-2011
Registration fee: $220

Questions or wait list request? Please contact Allison Simpson.

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Vancouver

Dates: March 18-22 (FULL) & March 25-29, 2019
Location: BC SPCA Vancouver branch
Age range: for kids born 2007-2010
Registration fee: $230

Questions or wait list request? Please contact Lisa Keegan.

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Victoria

Dates: March 18-22 (FULL) & March 25-29, 2019 (FULL)
Location: BC SPCA Victoria branch
Age range: for kids born 2007-2010
Registration fee: $225

Questions or wait list request? Please contact Olivia Bancroft.

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Just a note about:

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.

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.

Refund policy

Spring break & summer camps: A full refund will be issued with four weeks’ notice of cancellation. Any cancellation with fewer than four weeks’ notice will receive a prorated refund.

One-day workshops: A full refund will be issued with seven days’ notice of cancellation.

Please abide by the age ranges set for each event.  Registrants outside of the specified age range for an event will not be eligible for a refund.

Sign up to be notified

If you would like to receive email notifications about future youth events in your area, please fill out the form below and submit it. Please note that completing this form does not register your child for any BC SPCA event.