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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.

January youth events

Maple Ridge

On the January 25 school holiday, kids (born 2007-2013) can join us for a fun-filled day at the Maple Ridge SPCA, and discover what it takes for animals to be happy and healthy! Kids will play fun games, complete a “take action” project, hear from a guest speaker and spend time with some animals at the shelter.

This workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop off begins at 9:00 a.m. and pick up extends to 4:00 p.m.). The cost of this event is $45.

Questions? Please contact Allison Simpson.

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Nelson

Students can be a voice for animals! We are hosting a series of after-school workshops at the Nelson SPCA for youth ages 12 to 14 (born 2004-2006). The workshops will run from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on three consecutive Mondays (subject to interest from a minimum number of attendees). Sign up for a single session ($25), or save money by registering for all three sessions ($60).

  • January 21
  • January 28
  • February 4

Students will learn about topics such as animal care, animal welfare issues, how to speak up for animals and how to be leaders for younger students in our youth programs. They will also meet some of the adoptable animals in care at the shelter and learn about what we do.

Questions? Please contact Stephenie Campbell.

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Tri-Cities

Kids ages 7-11 (born 2007-2011) can join us at our Tri-Cities (Coquitlam) location for our Saturday morning workshops, all about pet care for cats, dogs and small animals! Each session will include fun games, crafts and activities and an average of 30 minutes spent with some animals in our care.

These workshops 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).

  • January 12: Small animal care
  • January 19: Cat care
  • January 26: Dog care

Questions? Please contact Allison Simpson.

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February youth events

Cowichan

On the February 15 school holiday, kids ages 7-11 are invited to join us at the Cowichan SPCA for a fun-filled day that’s all about animals! Participants will learn about companion, wild and farm animals through hands-on activities, crafts and time spent in the shelter.

This workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (drop off begins at 9:00 a.m. and pick up extends until 4:00 p.m.). The cost of this event is $35.

Questions? 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.

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.