We accept reservations for tours and presentations at Animal Friends for student groups of 5-30 students (grades K-12). Please be sure to read our tour guidelines before scheduling your visit.

What the visit includes (75 minutes):

  • How Animal Friends helps animals
  • Dog safety lesson
  • Petting opportunity with a certified therapy dog
  • Bunny feeding (depending on your time slot)
  • Guided tour of the adoptable animals
  • Importance of spaying/neutering (grades 3+)

Additional options for grades 5-12:

  • Enrichment Workshop – make gifts for the animals and learn how the gifts meet the animals’ needs
  • Career Exploration – learn about the skills and education needed to work with animals as a career

Chaperone Limits:
• Groups of 5-20 students must bring 2-5 chaperones.
• Groups of 21-30 students must bring 3-9 chaperones.

If you are a pre-K group, we’ll visit your classroom with a therapy dog. Our free 30-minute dog safety presentations are loved by kids and teachers! Preschool teachers can submit a request.

Tour Availability:

During the School Day After School Saturdays June-August
When: Tuesday-Friday
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Arrival time 4-5 p.m. (Oct.-May)
Arrival time 6 p.m. (Oct., Nov., April, May)
Arrival time 10:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Select days when Animal Friends’ Camp is not in session.
How: Email the Education Coordinator. Email the Education Coordinator. Register online (see below). Register online (see below).
Tuition: No fee. Each student should please bring an item from our Supply Drive list. Non-refundable $20 room reservation fee. Supply Drive items are also welcome! Non-refundable $20 room reservation fee. Supply Drive items are also welcome! Non-refundable $50 room reservation fee. Supply Drive items are also welcome!

Monetary donations are also welcome via our Kind Kids program. Kind Kids get to name an animal for every $75 donated.

Saturday, Jan. 4 | 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.* – registration closed

Saturday, Feb. 8 | 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.*  – Sold Out!

Saturday, Feb. 15 | 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.*  – registration closed

Saturday, May 9 | 2:30-3:45 p.m.*  – registration closed

*Can include add-on of 45-minute Enrichment Workshop for grades 5-12.

Summer Tours

Please check back after Spring Break for 2020 Summer Tour dates.

Virtual Field Trips

We are offering 15-30-minute virtual field trips for grades PreK-12. Students will enjoy a guided tour of our adoptable cats and rabbits, meet a featured adoptable animal via the monitor and participate in Q and A time. Virtual field trips are available from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please email Dana Schultz, Education Coordinator, at DSchultz@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org to inquire about this new offering.

Donation Drop-off Appointments

Groups of 1-12 students may schedule a free, 30-minute Donation Drop-off Appointment by clicking here. The appointment includes a guided tour, certificate, and photo opportunity (but not a dog safety lesson or petting opportunity).