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For the first time ever, APHE is opening our popular Coffee & Connect series to non-members for a $5.00 fee!  Don't worry, if you are a member your registration will still be FREE as always.

Coffee and Connect October 6th: Fostering Compassion for Fishes 

Ethologist and best-selling author Jonathan Balcombe will share his wealth of knowledge about the sentience of fishes and their incredible abilities to express virtue, offer mutual aid, and seek comfort. He will provide excerpts from his first children’s book, Jake and Ava: A Boy and a Fish, demonstrating how the book takes a humane education approach to fostering empathy for fishes and providing opportunities to think critically about our relationship to other species. Humane educator, Kim Korona, from HEART, will offer additional activities, strategies, and resources for teaching about fishes, and discuss how our relationship with them connects to environmental preservation, and our own wellbeing.

Participants will learn about the sentience and complex behaviors of fishes. gain tools and resources for fostering empathy and compassion for fishes. receive strategies for teaching students to think critically about their relationship to fishes. consider ways to teach about the connections between our treatment of fishes, environmental conservation, and the health and wellbeing of people.


Jonathan Balcombe is a biologist with a PhD in ethology—the study of animal behavior. His books include Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, The Exultant Ark, and What a Fish Knows—a New York Times best-seller now available in fifteen languages. Penguin Books published his latest book for grown-ups, Super Fly, in May 2021, and The Gryphon Press will publish his first picture book, Jake and Ava: A Boy and a Fish, on Nov. 2nd, 2021.

Kim Korona has been involved in the humane education field for over 16 years. She currently works as HEART’s Senior Program Director. While at the organization she has taught K – 12 students and designed in school, after school, and summer camp programs. Additionally, she has developed educational resources for educators, created and facilitated professional development workshops, courses, and webinars. For several years she conducted humane education and humane living workshops for the Institute for Humane Education. She previously worked for the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) where she expanded the MHS humane education offerings by developing an anti-violence program and summer camps, among other lessons and activities focused on reducing animal homelessness and increasing responsible animal guardianship. She received her M.Ed from Cambridge College in affiliation with the Institute for Humane Education, along with a Certificate of Humane Education and earned her B.A. from Goddard College in Vermont.

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Our popular Coffee & Connect webinars were introduced in 2020 resulting from an immediate need for our members to connect and share summer camp planning during the 2020 COVID pandemic beginnings. Due to the success of this monthly program (formerly Coffee & Camp), the program has evolved to monthly webinars featuring experts in the field of Humane Education. Each Coffee & Connect features spotlights topics relevant to educators in the field. 

Coffee & Connect is offered the 1st Wednesday of each month, at 1pm EST.  Registration is free for members and requires pre-registration.

Past Coffee & Connect topics

March 3, 2021 - "Cool to Be Kind:"  Evaluation of a Classroom-Based Humane Education Intervention

February 3, 2021 - HE Volunteers

January 6, 2021 - Preparing Volunteers and Their Dogs to Represent Your Organization

December 2, 2020 - Teaching Animal Protection, Embracing Social Justice 

November 4, 2020 - New Partnerships/Schools/Funding

October 7, 2020 - Fall Programming with East Bay SPCA

September 2, 2020 - Camp Review/School Going Forward 

2020 Coffee & Camp dates:  4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27.

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