This humane story based curriculum teaches empathy while at the same time helping students make responsible decisions and become more aware of themselves, pets, and their communities. The program helps children develop the steps necessary for empathy: recognize human and animal emotions, share emotions and regulate emotions.
PAWS staff presents pre-selected books from the Red Rover Readers’ suggested list, asking thoughtful questions before, during and after the reading. After reading, we facilitate discussions and activities using Red Rover strategies, which also meet Common Core and social and emotional learning competencies. After the reading and discussion, students take part in projects that reinforce concepts—such as trust, respect and friendship, and explore animal welfare topics such as animal shelters, therapy animals, and responsible pet ownership.
This learning is appropriate for ages 6-10 and classes can be scheduled for 30-45 minute increments.
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About PAWS of Jackson Hole
PAWS knows that future of responsible pet owners advocates starts with our local youth. This is why PAWS runs comprehensive education and outreach programming designed to promote recreating responsibly, clean communal spaces, and instructing future pet owners on responsible ownership and how they can help pets in need in their communities. Each year, we have a team of trained Trail Ambassadors out on trails rewarding good behavior and spreading the “PAWS-itivity.” We even work with our local, friendly poop-fairy to be sure people are scooping with a smile! Want to join our volunteer Trail Ambassador team? Just click on the Volunteer button. You can also look for our promotional videos on this site, on social media outlets and at the movie theaters. These fun, informative pieces remind everyone to be courteous and responsible when out with their pets. Plus, we are thrilled to be partnering with elementary schools in Star Valley, WY and Teton Valley, ID on a humane education program which teaches kids about caring for pets and how to become an advocate for pets in our communities.View All Programs Visit Website
|Who||PAWS of Jackson Hole|
|What||Our mission is to prevent pet homelessness, protect pets from harm and suffering, and promote responsible ownership.|
|When||All year long. Trail Ambassadors volunteer seasonally, and our Humane Education Program can be offered over a span of 4 weeks at a convenient time for both PAWS staff and local students.|
|Where||Jackson and Star Valley, WY and Teton Valley, Idaho|
|Why||Our Trail Ambassadors promote harmonious usage on high trafficked dog friendly trails. Our Humane Education Program spans grades 2-6 and teaches empathy, kindness, compassion, for all creatures, as well as how to care for pets, and become a pet advocate. We explore animal welfare topics such as safe pet handling and introductions, the importance of animal shelters, spay and neuter, diversity amongst pets and people, and how pets help us as therapy animals.|