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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.

  • Winter holiday & weekend workshops: Kamloops, Nanaimo, Nelson, Vancouver, Victoria, West Kootenay (Castlegar)
  • Pro-D day workshops (2019/2020 school year): Kamloops, Vancouver, Victoria
  • Afterschool programs: Tillicum Elementary (Victoria)
  • Spring break camps: Coming soon!
  • Summer camps: Coming soon!

Winter holiday workshops

Kamloops

Kids are invited to join the Kamloops SPCA for our winter holiday animal care workshops! Through educational games, activities and guest speakers, kids will learn what animals need to have happy and healthy lives, why animals behave in certain ways, and how to interact with animals in a safe and respectful manner. Participants will also meet some of the adoptable animals in our care. Sign up for one session, or register for both and save!

Dates: Jan. 2 & 3, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:30 a.m. and pick-up extends to 1:30 p.m.)
Ages: for youth born 2007-2010
Event cost: $30 for a single session, or $50 for both
Questions? Please contact Deirdre Campbell

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Nanaimo

Have you ever wondered about working at the BC SPCA? Join us for our annual BC SPCA Career Prep workshops to get a glimpse behind the scenes at the Nanaimo SPCA. Participants will learn about career opportunities at the BC SPCA, animal care duties and our shelter animals, through fun activities, games and crafts during this two-day mini workshop.

Dates: Jan. 2 & 3, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (drop-off begins at 9:45 a.m.; pick-up extends to 1:15 p.m.)
Ages: for youth born 2004-2007
Event cost: $60
Questions? Please contact Blaire Sigson

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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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Nelson

Join us for a winter holiday workshop at the Nelson SPCA, and learn what it’s like to be a junior staff member at the BC SPCA! Participants will go behind the scenes to experience working as an animal adoption counsellor, and they will learn about animal behaviour and welfare through fun activities, an engaging guest speaker, and time with some of the animals in our care.

Date: Jan. 3, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 10:00 a.m.)
Ages: for youth born 2005-2008
Event cost: $30
Questions? Please contact Stephenie Campbell

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Vancouver

Lights, camera, action for animals! This winter break, join us at the Vancouver SPCA for two days of learning all about animals and how we can help them. Participants will meet and interact with suitable animals in the shelter, and will undertake activities to help animals, including a special project where they will write, shoot, edit and star in their very own short film!

Dates: Jan. 2 & 3, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Ages: for youth born 2006-2007
Event cost: $60
Questions? Please contact Lisa Keegan

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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/session, or register for all four for $120
Questions? Please contact Olivia Bancroft

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West Kootenay (Castlegar)

Join us for a winter holiday workshop at the West Kootenay Community Animal Centre, and learn what it’s like to be a junior staff member at the BC SPCA! Participants will go behind the scenes to experience working as an animal adoption counsellor, and they will learn about animal behaviour and welfare through fun activities, an engaging guest speaker, and time with some of the animals in our care.

Date: Jan. 2, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (drop off begins at 10:00 a.m.)
Ages: for youth born 2005-2008
Event cost: $30
Questions? Please contact Stephenie Campbell

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Pro-D day workshops

Kamloops

Join us at the Kamloops SPCA this February 7 pro-d day! Animals 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. 7, 2020
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
Questions? Please contact Deirdre Campbell

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Vancouver

School’s out for many Vancouver students this January 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, 2020
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 February 14 pro-d day! Animals 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, 2020
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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Victoria

Join us at the Victoria SPCA this February 14 pro-d day! Animals 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, 2020
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

Register now »

Afterschool programs

Tillicum Elementary

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

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Spring break camps

Coming soon!

Summer camps

Coming soon!

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.

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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.