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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.

Fall Youth Events

Here’s what’s coming up at the BC SPCA for kids this fall! For full details on each event, please continue scrolling.

  • October 25 pro-d day workshops: Kamloops, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Victoria, West Kootenay (Castlegar)
  • Afterschool workshops: Tillicum Elementary (Victoria)
  • Pet care workshops: Maple Ridge, Tri-Cities (Coquitlam)
  • School’s out workshops: Surrey

October 25 youth workshops

On the October 25 school pro-d day, kids are invited to spend the day with the BC SPCA! Join us for a fun-filled day of animal-themed activities, games and more, and spend time with some of the adoptable animals in our shelters.

These workshops 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.). For a list of workshop locations and full details, please see below:

Kamloops

Location: BC SPCA Kamloops & District branch
Age range: for kids born 2008-2011
Cost: $35
Questions? Please contact Deirdre Campbell

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Nanaimo

Location: BC SPCA Nanaimo & District branch
Age range: for kids born 2008-2011
Cost: $45
Questions? Please contact Gillian Ickert Plett

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Vancouver

Location: BC SPCA Vancouver branch
Age range: for kids born 2008-2011
Cost: $45
Questions? Please contact Lisa Keegan

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Victoria

Location: BC SPCA Victoria branch
Age range: for kids born 2008-2012
Cost: $40
Questions? Please contact Olivia Bancroft

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West Kootenay

Location: BC SPCA West Kootenay & District branch
Age range: for kids born 2008-2011
Cost: $40
Questions? Please contact Stephenie Campbell

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Victoria: Tillicum Elementary afterschool program

Calling all grades 2 and 3 students of Tillicum Elementary! We are offering two series of special afterschool pet workshops:

  • Series 1: September 30, October 7, 21 and 28
  • Series 2: November 4, 18, 25 and December 2

These workshops will run from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. The exact location within the school will be announced closer to the beginning of the program.

The total cost for all four sessions is $20.

Questions? Please contact Olivia Bancroft. Stay tuned for for further program date announcements after the winter break!

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Maple Ridge: Pet care workshops

Kids (born 2009-2012) are invited to join the Maple Ridge SPCA for two engaging pet care workshops this fall! Participants will learn about what pet dogs and cats need in order to live happy and healthy lives, why different animals behave how they do, and how to interact with animals in a safe and respectful manner.

The first workshop will be held on November 17 and will focus on dogs. The second workshop will be held on November 24 and will focus on cats. Both sessions will run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Kids are welcome to register for one or both workshops. The cost of each session is $25.

Please contact Allison Simpson with any questions.

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Tri-Cities: Pet care workshops

Join the Tri-Cities Education & Adoption Centre for three Sunday morning programs this fall! From dogs, to cats to small animals, kids (born 2009-2012) will learn what different pets need in order to have happy and healthy lives, why these animals behave in certain ways, and how to safely and respectfully interact with animals.

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).

  • October 20: Cats
  • October 27: Dogs
  • November 3: Small animals

Questions? Please contact Allison Simpson.

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Surrey: School’s Out workshop

On November 8, kids (born 2008-2011) can join the Surrey SPCA for an engaging day that’s all about pets, featuring dogs, cats and small animals! Learn all about these animals through fun-filled educational games and activities, and meet some of the adoptable animals in our care.

This workshop runs 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 to register is $45.

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Just a note about:

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.

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.