Greater Birmingham Humane Society

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The GBHS Outdoor Education Program seeks to provide an interactive education experience that reinforces the GBHS mission and educational lesson plans. Lesson plans focus on proper pet care, animal behavior and bite prevention, and the role that the GBHS plays in our community, with reinforcement through our transport vehicle, T.A.R.A., which will exhibit proper pet care in action.

Lesson Plans
GBHS lesson plans are developed for students in grades 4-7 and meet the Alabama State Requirements for character education. If you are a teacher, counselor or principal in the Birmingham City or Jefferson County school systems interested in having the GBHS present in your classroom or school, please contact Ramona Graffeo at 205-397-8544.

Any parent or teacher is welcome to use our lesson plans to further character development in their students. Please feel free to utilize our lesson plans in your home or classroom!

Adoption Center Tours
We always love having students come visit our facility! Students and other civic groups from around the Birmingham Metro area are encouraged to visit the GBHS for guided tours that touch on all three lesson plans. Tours usually last 1-1/2 hours depending on the size and ages of the group. There is a maximum limit of 15 students per tour. If you are interested in learning more about a tour at the GBHS, or to schedule a tour, please contact Mary-Grace Wilson at 205-397-8544.

Suggested Reading
Here is a list of books perfect for any child interested in animals or to complement any of the GBHS lesson plans:

"Teaching children to be kind to every living creature is just as essential in the
formation of character as are the rudiments of grammar in formal education.”
Dr. Herbert Phillips, 1883
Founder of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society

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The Greater Birmingham Humane Society's mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals and people through education, advocacy, and services.