MHS Humane Education - Michigan Humane Society

MHS Humane Education

Michigan Humane Society Humane Education Program

The Michigan Humane Society offers educational tours and presentations for metro Detroit area youth, for a nominal fee to the school, scouting or other group. Interactive presentations teach children respect for all animals, safety around animals, and responsible pet care.

Youth Enrichment Classroom Program

MHS' Youth Enrichment Program includes a presentation and/or a tour that teaches children about our organization, the many different programs we provide, and an interactive lesson that explains the importance of responsible pet care and respect for all animals.

We are pleased to offer our Youth Enrichment Program in your classroom or at one of our three adoption centers in Detroit, Westland, Rochester Hills, or Sterling Heights Petco (with specific days/times available at each).

Request a Youth Enrichment Program for your classroom.

Humane Education Lesson Plans

The Michigan Humane Society continually strives to be a leader in teaching humane values to students of all ages. In an effort to assist humane educators, we have made available standards-aligned lesson plans, reviewed by the Michigan Board of Education. Lesson plans may be downloaded for free in an easy-to-follow manner for teachers or youth groups. Lessons may be used for a full week of instruction focusing on humane values, spread throughout a month, or used as a theme.

Humane Education Lesson Plans for Grades Pre-K-2  - Now available in Spanish and Arabic!

Humane Education Lesson Plans for Grades 3-5  - Now available in Spanish and Arabic!

Student Projects on Animal Welfare Topics

MHS encourages students to choose animal welfare topics for their school projects. We welcome the opportunity to act as a resource for research papers, presentations, or speeches. Students benefit from learning and can also help to educate others on topics such as pet adoption, pet overpopulation, animal cruelty investigation, responsible pet ownership, lost pets, laws to protect animals, or similar issues. For assistance, please call 248.283.5660 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or contact us by email. We will make every effort to provide timely assistance; however, at least a one week notice to schedule a phone interview is requested. Depending on the requirements, additional notice may be needed.

Student Fundraising and Craft Projects

Students often ask what they can do to help the animals in our care.  Your school may wish to hold a fundraiser, make a monetary donation, or do a craft project.  Details can be found at our website:

Programs for Non-School Groups

For non-school groups of 10 or more children or adult groups wishing to have a tour or presentation, please complete the Youth Enrichment Program Request form

Career Day

For those interested in showcasing careers in animal welfare during an upcoming Career Day or Career Fair at your school, please complete the Youth Enrichment Program Request form.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these programs, please feel free to contact us via email at or call (248) 283-1000, ext. 136.

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