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A Collage Of Photos Showing The Humane Society Of Utah Interacting With Kids To Teach Them More About Animals.

We believe that educating younger generations is the key to ensuring better lives for animals in the future. 


Education sessions at schools or community centers, field trips to the Humane Society of Utah, and H.E.R.O. Summer, Fall or Spring Camp questions can be directed to our Humane Education Team at 801-261-2919 ext. 234. or

Please click on any section below for more information.
H.E.R.O. Spring Camp


To Register:

*Please note that registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Please note the age ranges for each camp day before registering!
Please register early as availability is limited.
H.E.R.O. Summer Camp


*Please note that registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Each week of camp will be devoted to a different age group spanning first through sixth grade.
During a typical day at the week-long H.E.R.O. (Humane Educators Reaching Out) Summer Camp, children will participate in age-appropriate humane education workshops, presentations, games and more. Workshops will focus on different types of animals each day, many with visitors - two-legged, four-legged, finned and feathered - from other animal welfare groups in Utah. Depending on the age range of the children, campers will receive one to two hours of animal interaction each day, which may include petting, holding, watering, feeding and cleaning. 


  • The grade range for this year’s HERO camp is first – sixth grade.

    • To lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19, HERO camp will be following many recommendations from the CDC as follows: 

      • A maximum of ten campers with three staff members. Campers will stay together all day, each day. 

      • To minimize sharing of high-touch materials, each camper will be given their own plastic tote to use all week. They will be given all of their own supplies, which will be kept in their tote. The tote will also be used to store items from home. 

      • A staff member will check each Camper’s temperature each morning upon arrival at camp. Parents will need to complete a short health questionnaire each morning. This questionnaire will be sent to parents before the first day of camp. 

      • Everyone must wear masks at all times, including parents/guardians at drop-off and pick-up. A fun animal mask will be provided for each camper on the first day of camp. It is the camper’s responsibility to keep this mask clean during the week of camp. 

        • We will not play games that involve running or too much movement. We will have quiet games, crafts and animal interactions.

      • Staff members will review proper hygiene each morning with the campers; including proper handwashing, and cough/sneeze etiquette. 

      • Staff and other campers will maintain a 6 foot distance whenever possible. 

      • Staff will facilitate the animal interactions with each child, one at a time.

      • Campers and staff will use hand sanitizer before and after each animal interaction. We will encourage routine hand-washing and sanitizing throughout the day.

  • Camp will run from 9:00-1:00 pm (grades 1st/2nd) and 9:00am-3:00pm (grades 3rd-6th).  We will not be allowing snack time this year, so please make sure your child has eaten before they come to camp. Lunches must be brought in disposable bags--no reusable lunch bags will be permitted. 

  • In accordance with CDC guidelines and recommendations, Utah Humane Society will continue to clean and disinfect all areas of the shelter and camp area daily. 

  • Utah Humane Society staff will continue to practice social distancing outside of work to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Utah Humane Society staff will continue to self-report any potential symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 as required under current organizational policies and procedures set in place on April 23, 2020. 

**Modifications are subject to change. Contact us for information if you have any questions or concerns.

Click here to Register:

Please register early as availability is limited.
H.E.R.O. Fall Camp


*Please note that registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once our camp sessions are full, we will close down the registration website, and any registration received beyond our cap number will be refunded.
Please note the age ranges for each camp day before registering!
Please register early as availability is limited.
Education Sessions

Classroom Education Sessions With A Dog That Has Come With An Instructor. Kids Are Lined Up To Pet The Dog.


The Humane Society of Utah provides education sessions for schools and community groups at no cost. Our presentations, for ages preschool to senior high, are colorful, informative and thought-provoking. We cover age-appropriate topics from basic pet care to complex ethical and moral issues. No matter what the age group, children and teens will be taught the importance of proper pet care, spay/neuter to control the pet population, choosing adoption first, and how to properly interact with animals. Because the lessons are based on grade level, our education services are in constant demand throughout the Wasatch Front and beyond.
During an education visit at a school or community group, our Education Director will typically bring a dog to meet the children, and conduct an age-appropriate education lesson.
Teachers can also schedule field trips to our shelter for an education session with more types of shelter pets and a tour of the shelter. 
If you are interested in having an education presentation at your school or community center, or having a field trip to the Humane Society of Utah, please call our Humane Education Team at 801-261-2919 ext. 234 or contact us for information
Please schedule in advance as availability is limited.
“Having respect for animals makes us better humans.”  -Jane Goodall
Fundraising and craft projects for students and youth groups

Humane Society of Utah Education

Students and youth groups are always welcome to hold fundraisers and donation drives for the homeless pets at the Humane Society of Utah. Please view our Wish List for the most needed items for the shelter.  
Craft projects, including blanket and toy making, are another popular way to help the animals. 
If you are interested in having your students or youth group conduct a donation drive or craft project, please call 801-261-2919 ext. 234 or contact us for information