Education Programs

Tour Programs for Girl Scout Troops

Girl Scout Daisy (grades K-1) “Animal Safety & Compassion” Program

 

Girl Scout leaders read the books Don’t Lick the Dog by Wendy Wahman and Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts to their Daisies at a troop meeting prior to their visit to Nevins Farm.  When they arrive at the MSPCA for their visit, the Tour Guide will lead a discussion on dog safety, how to be gentle with animals, and why it’s important to adopt an animal from a shelter.  The Tour Guide will then introduce Daisies to a child-friendly dog available for adoption, so that they can practice their safe greeting skills.  Afterward, Daisies and their chaperones will participate in a self-guided “Photo Scavenger Hunt” of the property!  Tour Guides will provide a map of the property and a “bingo” style card with items for Daisies to find and photograph in small groups (1 chaperone, 2-3 Daisies).  This is a great way to take home a sweet reminder of everyone’s visit to Nevins Farm!  At the end of the scavenger hunt (about 45 minutes) the group will come back together to share what they’ve found with each other and the Tour Guide.  Both books are for sale in our lobby, as well as to borrow from the Education Department.  Don’t forget to bring your digital cameras!

  

Girl Scout Brownie (grades 2-3) “Arts & Crafts for Critters” Program

 

Brownies and their Girl Scout leaders participate in an animal “Try-It” craft at a troop meeting prior to their visit to Nevins Farm.  When they arrive at the MSPCA for their visit, they can present what they’ve made to the Tour Guide, who will make sure that it’s put to good use!  Brownies will be given a “Keep an Eye Out!” sheet to use during their tour, to find different animals or items in each adoption area.  Tour Guides will then lead a traditional guided tour of the property, including sharing information about the history of the MSPCA, our adoption programs, and trivia on the species of animals we place in forever homes.  Afterward, Brownies can share what they spotted with each other, their chaperones, and the Tour Guide.  This is a great way to wrap up the tour and see what everyone learned!  Instruction sheets and templates are available for a variety of “Try-It” crafts, including fleece-tied blankets, healthy dog treats, and artsy cage cards.

 

Girl Scout Junior (grades 4-5) “Helping Homeless Animals in the Community” Program

 

For several weeks before their planned visit, Juniors and their Girl Scout leaders host a collection drive of “Wish List” items for the animals at Nevins Farm (locations could include school, church, or local supermarket).  When they arrive at the MSPCA for their visit, they can present what they’ve collected to the Tour Guide, who will make sure that items are distributed to animals throughout the shelter (and who will make sure leaders get an In-Kind donation receipt!).  Also in advance, the Girl Scout leader booking the tour will be emailed a “Suggested Questions” list to share with Juniors.  They can ask their Tour Guide these questions during their tour to find out a little more about the animals available for adoption and the programs the MSPCA offers.  Tour Guides will then lead a traditional guided tour of the property, including sharing information about the history of the MSPCA, our adoption programs, and trivia on the species of animals we place in forever homes.  Afterward, Juniors can ask any other questions about which they are curious.  This is a great way to wrap up the tour and see what everyone learned!