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J.G. Deming & Associates is a Statewide "Humane Education" program designed to share valuable information about pet responsibility, respect and empathy. Most of our curricula meets Common Core State Standards for education and all provide valuable "Character Education Lessons".  

Our presentations have been created for schools, school’s out programs, early childhood learning groups, community groups such as YMCA’s and Boys & Girls Club, camps and after school programs. 

All presentations are designed to be age-grade appropriate, and most will include a packet of information and resources for teachers and students to share after the presentation.  We are happy to work with special needs students and organizations, as well.  Programs are also available for children who are home-schooled.  We'll come to you!

Listed below are the programs we are proud to offer:

  • Inside Animal Sheltering

  • Egg-Cellent Eggs

  • Classifications & Adaptations of Animals

  • Introduction of Pets

  • Playing it Safe with Dogs

  • How to Pick a Pet

  • Who Lives in Your Backyard?

  • Endangered Species

  • Careers with Animals

  • Responsibility in a Bag

  • Eureka!

Don't miss our list of "Unique Topics!"  as they are great to add if you are looking to do a series of programs for your group!

Inside Animal Sheltering    

This program is designed to provide an overview of what happens inside animal shelters in our region. We will demystify the activities within the walls of a shelter and discuss what really happens when an animal is relinquished. This presentation takes a hard look at the issues that land animals in shelters and what the dedicated professionals who care for them do to try to find a “forever home” for them. Most importantly, students will learn what they can do to help!

4th grade and up |60-75 minute presentation

Egg-cellent Eggs    

That Cadbury bunny has kids a bit confused about which animals actually do lay eggs, so we have created an interactive program that will provide young learners with the tools to identify which animals do lay eggs and which ones do not.  This presentation is delivered with a display of eggs and other related props for a tactile experience and is accompanied by a small live animal introduction. This presentation is designed for a maximum of 20 children per presentation.

K - 1st  grade | 45 minute presentation

Classifications & Adaptations of Animals    

This presentation discusses the characteristics that group animals together.  It reinforces science lessons in the classroom and encourages students to share what they understand about the classification of animals. Students participate in a discussion about the mysteries of why animals look and behave the way they do. The lesson emphasizes a greater understanding of nature and survival and will help students appreciate the many wonders of the animal world. Included is a large collection of animal artifacts and one live animal for the closing portion.

3rd grade and up | 60-90 minute presentation

Introduction to Pets    

This program introduces the children to the basic requirements of companion animals and emphasizes the importance of humane treatment through the use of story boards.

K - 1st  grade | 45-50 minute presentation

Playing it Safe with Dogs    

Each year more than 3,000,000 children across the country are bitten by dogs, and the incidence of dog bites is steadily increasing. This presentation helps the audience understand what they need to do to be safe around all dogs, including their own pets.

K - 2nd  grade | 60 minute presentation

How to Pick a Pet    

This program emphasizes the importance of preparing for a new pet to join the family. Responsibility begins with making educated choices. It also includes information about why animals end up in shelters when the wrong choice is made. Students are lead through an interactive discussion that helps them understand many aspects of pet responsibility.

3rd - 5th grade | 60 minute presentation

Who Lives in Your Backyard?   

This program focuses on the needs of wildlife in your community and how people can be good neighbors to the animals in their backyards. This interactive presentation reminds students about the variety of species we share our State with and points out ways that kids can enjoy the diversity without causing harm.

 3rd - 5th grade | 75 minute presentation

Endangered Species    

Participants will learn about the illegal trade in endangered species, habitat destruction, cultural pressures on animals, biodiversity, plus what they can do to help save our fragile environment. This presentation includes a huge display of confiscated artifacts on loan from US Fish & Wildlife!

4th grade - Adult | 60 - 75 minute presentation

Careers with Animals   

Students often want information about careers working with or for animals. This program provides a realistic look at a variety of professions that involve animals, such as: animal sheltering, wildlife management, animal health, field research, zoo keeping, grooming, and much more. Teacher/student resource packet included.

9th - 12 grade | 60-75 minute  presentation

Responsibility in a Bag   

This program utilizes items drawn from a large bag to elicit conversation about what pets need to be safe and happy in a home and what people need to consider prior to adopting a pet. Audience should not exceed 20 girls.

Girl Scout Troops | 60-75 minute presentation


This program is designed to be the animal version of  Jeopardy!  Students are supplied with characteristics of a certain species one at a time and when they figure out or want to guess which animal we are describing, they must say "Eureka!"  This program as fast paced and very interactive.  Students are encouraged to put their thinking caps on and participate! 


All of these programs are power point presentations and last about one hour.  They are designed to provide a look into areas of the animal world that are unique and interesting.  Our goal with these programs is to get our audiences excited about the animals of the world, their unique environments and understand that each individual species is a valuable part of our ecosystem and therefore precious.

For 1st to 3rd Grade

Spring Babies - A look at the newborns that arrive in spring and their care.

Winter Wildlife - Not all animals are able to survive the northern winters.  This presentation looks at the options animal have for survival in winter.

The Weird and Wonderful - There are many species of animals that are not recognizable.  They have strange appearances and even more strange behaviors for survival. 

For Most Ages

About Reptiles - This presentation takes a look at the lives of reptiles and the many adaptations they must employ for survival. 

Misunderstood Animals - A great program for around Halloween.  It takes a look at those animals we consider scary.  Sharks, spiders, snakes and more.  They serve an important part of the balance of nature.

Inside the Zoo - Why do we have zoos and what is the purpose of a zoo?  What do they do to contribute to the conservation and appreciation of species?


Wild Australia - This vast island nation is filled with unusual and interesting animals.  Ecologically, they have some serious problems too!

Primates - Kids are so interested in monkeys and apes.  This presentation helps kids understand the behaviors and appearances of some of the world's most interesting species.

Big Cats - The big cats of the world are apex predators and survival is the name of their game.  Their adaptations for survival are different among species, while each is so unique.

Oceans - The least explored environment in the world.  The ocean realms hold many mysteries and thousands of species yet to be discovered.  Global warming and pollution are causing many changes and much damage.

Deserts - Desert habitats appear baron, dry and hot.  Many think there is little life in the desert.  Animals and plants in the world's deserts are specially adapted for live in the dry!

The Amazon - The Amazon River and its 1,100 tributaries contribute to the lives of so many unique species of plants and animals.  This ecosystem is complex and beautiful.

Animals in Therapy - Cats and Dogs and Llamas and horses.  Yes, many animals engage in the work of sharing their beauty, gentle manner and love with the sick, injured and hurting people who look forward to their visits. 

New programs we are rolling out in 2018!

Animals in Love - Developed around Valentine's Day, this program looks at how animals love, get along and find each other for reproduction.  Do animals love the way humans do?

What's for Dinner? - One of the most important tasks for animals is finding ample food stocks for survival of their species.  How and where they find food and how it is gathered is interesting among the different species.

Bedtime - All animals must rest and most spend time sleeping.  How they sleep, where they sleep and what time of day or night is something that is the result of evolution and survival techniques.   Some sleep for 18 hours while others don't sleep for months. 

Life Expectancy - Animal lives can be a matter of hours or decades.  Influences on life expectancy include predator/prey relationships, captive vs wild, weather changes such as global warming, drought, and severe storms.  Also disease, introduced species and habitat destruction.

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