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
• 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.
|During the School Day||After School||Saturdays||June-August|
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.
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).