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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.

December youth events

Vancouver

Youth ages 12 and 13 (born 2005-2006) who want to make the world a better place for animals can join us at our Vancouver location for a unique after-school program!

Young animal advocates will learn how to speak up for animals in their community. Special projects to take action for animals in need, guest speakers and time spent with suitable animals in our care will fill three fun-packed sessions. Each session will run from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. The cost to register for all three is $75.

  • December 3
  • December 10
  • December 17

Questions about our Vancouver workshops can be directed to Lisa Keegan.

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January youth events

Kelowna

Kids ages 10-12 (born 2006-2008) are invited to join us at the Kelowna SPCA to learn about different careers with animals, through fun games, activities and a visit from a guest speaker. Participants will also get to see how things work behind the scenes at the shelter!

These workshops will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sign up for a single session ($25), or save money by registering for all three ($60).

  • January 2
  • January 3
  • January 4

Questions? Please contact Lily Churchill.

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Maple Ridge

On the January 25 school holiday, kids (born 2008-2011) 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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Nanaimo

Youth (born 2005-2008) who are interested in learning about working with animals are invited to join us at the Nanaimo SPCA for our three-session Career Prep workshop series. Participants will learn what it is like to work at an animal shelter, hear from guest speakers, develop strategies to increase animal adoptions and spend time with some animals at the shelter!

Sign up for a single session ($25), or save money by registering for all three ($60). Each session will focus on a different group of animals:

  • January 2: Dogs
  • January 3: Small animals
  • January 4: Cats

These workshops will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Blaire Sigson.

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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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Victoria

Youth ages 10-12 (born 2006-2010) who are interested in learning about careers in caring for animals can join us at the Victoria SPCA for our winter workshop series! Participants will discover different career options, find out what it takes to prepare for an animal-related career, hear from guest speakers and get hands-on experience in the shelter.

These workshops will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each session will focus on a different animal. Sign up for a single session ($25), or save money by registering for all three ($60).

  • January 2: Dogs
  • January 3: Cats
  • January 4: Small animals

Please contact Olivia Bancroft with any questions.

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West Kootenay

Youth ages 9-12 (born 2006-2009) with a passion for learning about animals are invited to join us at the West Kootenay Community Animal Centre for our winter workshop series. Participants will learn about wild and companion animals, hear from guest speakers and get hands-on experience in the shelter.

  • January 2: Wild Wednesday!
  • January 3: Companions for Life

These workshops will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sign up for a single session ($25), or save money by registering for both ($40).

Questions? Please contact Stephenie Campbell.

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On January 4, families with a passion for learning about animals are invited to join us at the West Kootenay Animal Centre for a very special family winter workshop! Start the new year off right by spending quality time learning together this holiday season.

Participants will explore various learning stations, take a tour of the shelter and enjoy a presentation on staying “bite-free” around animals. Activities are geared toward families with children aged 7 and up.

This workshop runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is by donation, but pre-registration is required. To register, please email Stephenie Campbell, or reach her by phone at 250-509-0382.

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.

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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.