Exciting education opportunities!

Since being founded in 1902, the SPCA of Tompkins County has made Humane Education part of its core mission. We regularly work with local schools, libraries, girl/boy scout troupes, and other organizations to educate the public about our mission, our work, and the programs and services available to them. We emphasize the compassionate treatment of companion animals, fighting abuse and neglect, and decreasing animal overpopulation through spay/neuter services.


The SPCA of Tompkins County’s most popular youth education program!

Through an exciting mix of on-site presentations and activities, and a robust field trip schedule, SPCA Summer Camp Our campers discover the world of our animal friends. Each year the SPCA conducts eight, one week summer camp sessions for youth ages 9 through 12 years of age. Each one-week session has up to 14 spaces available and typically runs early July through late August, 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday. Camp registration opens annually on March 1st and runs until spaces are sold out. Spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis and each child can only register for one week. Families must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the SPCA. Space is limited so early enrollment is suggested.

For more information or to register, please contact our Camp Lead, Pam, at campspca@gmail.com, calling (607) 257-1822 ext.245.

Camp 2020 Application
Tours and Field Trips

New York state law requires that every child receives humane education. Few schools adequately address this mandate, largely because they lack the expertise. The SPCA can help schools and youth groups to fulfill these obligations.

We can provide humane education in the following areas:

  • Animal Care - how to relate appropriately to pets and provide care for them
  • Animal Safety - how to respond to dogs, cats, and wildlife you meet
  • Workshops on basic animal behavior with demonstrations and hands-on participation
  • Pet overpopulation and the importance of spay and neuter
  • Ethical questions raised by our relationship with animals
Girl Scouts

Do you love animals and want to spend a fun Saturday learning about them?

Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadets can earn your Girl Scout Animal Shelter Fun Patch at the SPCA of Tompkins County. You will meet some special animal friends, learn all about the SPCA and how to take good care of your own pets. Held by appointment at our Pet Adoption Center.

Entire Troops or Individual Girl Scouts may register, for a cost of $10.00 per participant with a snack and badge provided

For more information on any of our humane education programs available at the SPCA of Tompkins County or to schedule a tour or field trip, contact Pam Stonebraker at (607) 257-1822, ext. 244 or email pam@spcaonline.com.

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