Animal Friends Academy

Like its adult counterpart Animal Friends University (AFU), Animal Friends Academy (AFA) is home to exciting educational opportunities all about pets! Designed with young learners, future pet owners and tomorrow’s animal professionals in mind, AFA offers a growing list of hands-on classes and workshops during out-of-school hours. Signing up for an AFA experience will nurture the animal lover in every child, while providing opportunities to connect with peers, learn how to be an animal caregiver or even brainstorm solutions for a humane and compassionate world.


For learners in grades 3, 4, or 5 in the 2022/2023 school year

Young people who want to make the world a better place for pets and people will have the opportunity to connect with each other and with a variety of artistic tools and techniques, under the guidance of a professional teaching artist.  Do you want to help to end pet homelessness?  Do you want to enrich the lives of dogs, cats, and rabbits?  Do you want to make a difference while experimenting with new artforms?  With support from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Education Department, ChangeMakers is an opportunity to “think outside the cage” while answering real-world questions with creative and innovative ideas and plenty of animal encounters.  Sign up for one session or both!  Become a ChangeMaker and make what matters!

Session One

Date: Saturday, April 22   Register

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tuition: $30 per child/session

Session Two

Date: Saturday, April 29   Register

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tuition: $30 per child/session

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