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Monday, April 19:  1:00-3:00 P.M. EST

Listening and Learning From Voices of Color

This presentation will cover historic barriers to diversity within and surrounding animal welfare.  Barriers at a minimum prevent us from getting to know one another beyond narrative.  Learning requires deep listening, but humans seldom listen when we believe we already have all the answers.  How do we truly begin to listen and learn from voices traditionally absent from conversations? 

April 19, 1:05 P.M. - 2:10 P.M. EST

James Evans, CARE


The State of Humane Education in U.S. Schools 2018-2019: The Start of a Humane Education Research Agenda

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver has begun a research agenda in humane education. In this presentation you will learn of select findings from a nine-month study of humane education implementation within U.S. K-12 schools and barriers that school staff and students face to engage with humane education. Following the select findings from the State of Humane Education project, we will share our emerging methods in studying U.S. training programs in comprehensive humane education. Lastly, as a research team we are striving to create a pathway to measuring the efficacy of humane education programming. We hope that easy-to-use evaluation tools will be a product of this research that will help you evaluate your programs and add to a compendium of data that the field of humane education can utilize to demonstrate the efficacy of humane education to donors, granting agencies, school districts, and other education stakeholders.

April 19, 2:15 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. EST

Sarah Bexell, Erin Flynn, Julia Senecal,  & Maggie Lantzy, The Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver


Wednesday, April 21: 1:00-3:00 P.M. EST

Measuring Children's Empathy Toward Animals: User-Friendly Approaches

Drawing from my role as project manager for the Measuring Assessment Collaborative Learning Project (MECAP), I will share some of the tools that have been developed to measure the success of humane education programs in fostering children's empathy towards animals. These assessment tools were designed to be used by program staff and to be embedded within program delivery, rather than as stand-alone surveys. They're user-friendly and have been tested by staff in over a dozen different organizations and modified based on their feedback. The intent of this presentation is to help participants begin to think about how they might embed empathy assessment into their program activities in a way that yields meaningful results that can inform future changes and show how and where our efforts are making a difference. At the end of the presentation, participants will be shown where to access the instruments, along with instructions for administering them and analyzing results, on the web.  

April 21, 1:05 P.M. - 1:50 P.M. EST

Kathryn Owen, Kathryn Owen Consulting


It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Hurt: A Camp Director's Guide to Planning for Camp Safety and Risk Management

Camp programs are a fantastic way to promote humane education themes and cultivate the lifelong bond between humans and animals.  While camp is an incredibly fun and exciting way to engage kids with animals, it is also a huge liability for an organization and camp leadership to ensure the safety of all participants, animals, volunteers, and staff.  This workshop will provide information on many important safety concerns and liabilities related to running a camp and best practices on what to do in emergency situations.

April 21, 2:00 P.M. - 2:50 P.M. EST

Kim Ferris-Church, MS Ed.; CHES, Lollypop Farm

April 21, 2:00 P.M. - 2:50 P.M. EST

Kim Ferris-Church, MS Ed.; CHES, Lollypop Farm

Virtual Mixer

Join your APHE Board Members for this Virtual Mixer to unwind and socialize.  Hosted over a Zoom link, this mixer will be a casual space to meet other members, reconnect with old friends, and build lasting connections with fellow humane educators.   There will be games, door prizes, and breakout rooms designed to engage attendees.  Don’t miss this opportunity to restore and reset with your vibe hive in this virtual happy hour!

April 21, 3:00 P.M. - 3:50 P.M. EST

Hosted by APHE Board Members via zoom link


Friday, April 23:  1:00-3:00 P.M. EST

No More Bullying: Violence Prevention through Humane Education

Humane education programs play an important role in breaking the cycle of violence by harnessing student's love for animals in order to teach empathy.  Wayside Waifs designed the violence prevention program, "No More Bullying!" on that idea.  Now being taught both locally and nationally (also virtually!), the program has been evaluated by independent researchers and found to align strongly with the CASEL framework for SEL and students participating show improvements in the areas of empathy and respect, as well as self-management and self awareness. 

April 23, 1:00 P.M. - 1:50 P.M.  EST

Ashley Stanley, Wayside Waifs


Giveaway & Membership Meeting

Join us for a giveaway session and membership highlights of the year.  

April 23, 1:50 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.  EST

APHE Board of Directors



Cultivating Compassion through Farm Sanctuary's Arts-Based Curriculum

Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming, advocate for institutional reforms, and encourage a new awareness and understanding of farm animals.  Farm Sanctuary's humane education program educates thousands of students each year through classroom presentations, inspires student action through the organization's Youth Leadership Council, and empowers teachers with standards-aligning curriculum on farm animals and issues of our food system.  

In this presentation, learn how Farm Sanctuary is using art to connect youth and animals through draw-along activities in our virtual classroom presentations for students (grades K-4) and our teacher-led curriculum, Animals & Art: The Story Behind a Portrait, which engages students (grades 3-12) in connecting to the lives of sanctuary animals and representing them as individuals through the creation of original animal portraits.

April 23, 2:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. EST

Maddie Krasno, M.A. Humane Education, Farm Sanctuary



Monday, April 26:  1:00-3:00 P.M. EST

The Business of Saving Lives

Mike Arms is a pioneer in the animal welfare industry and is credited in the last forty years with saving the lives of millions of orphan animals.  Over 14,000 people have attended speaking engagements by Mike worldwide whether at a conference, a corporate event, an organization assessment or as the keynote presenter.  

Mike is the President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center, who’s Humane Education Program serves thousands of children of all ages by providing a variety of unique learning opportunities which support the bond between humans and animals by nurturing knowledge, compassion and respect toward all living things. Programs provide a variety of hands-on animal interactions for children of all ages from bunnies, horses and dogs, to snakes, birds and bugs.

During this Business of Saving Lives presentation he will discuss the real future of animal welfare and what it will look like. Mike is a strong supporter of humane education and changing the world through compassion, as well as instilling this in our youth.

April 26, 1:05 P.M. - 1:50 P.M.  EST

Mike Arms, Helen Woodward Animal Center 


Turn and Face the Strange, Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: How to Manage and Communicate Through Change at Your Shelter

This talk will walk you through ways to mitigate the impact on your staff, board, volunteers, donors, and your community and come out the other side whole. Based on personal experience and case studies, you will learn how to survive and thrive during organizational change like mergers, acquisitions, mission shift, programmatic cuts or expansion.  

April 26, 2:05 P.M. - 2:50 P.M. EST

Barbara McLean, Barbara McLean Consulting 


Wednesday, April 28:  1:00-3:00 P.M. EST

Increasing the Efficacy of Humane Education Through Equity and Restorative Practices

Borrowing from the fields of equity and restorative practices, we will explore ways to navigate challenges in our daily work as humane educators by 1) monitoring our own lens and our privilege, 2) using language to pull people closer rather than further away, 3) asking questions rather creating our own narratives.  We will address introduce equity and restorative mindset, use a few tools to help us in our daily practice, and leverage plenty of role playing, discussion, and self-awareness tools. 

April 28, 1:05 P.M. - 1:50 P.M.  EST

Kristina Hulvershorn, Peace Learning Center


Connecting Neglected Children with Rescued Animals to Help Reverse the Cycle of Abuse and Foster Compassion

The presentation will give a view into our humane education workshops and activities with care experienced children who are struggling to show compassion and empathy. It will show how we work to reverse the negative cycle of abuse through our approach of bringing animals and children together.  

April 28, 2:05 P.M. - 2:50 P.M. EST

Lesley Winton, Fostering Compassion


Friday, April 30:  1:00-3:00 P.M. EST

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Education and Conservation: the Experiences and Lessons of a Brown Scientist

Sergio Avila has a typical conservation career - 25 years of experience in field studies with endangered species like jaguars, ocelots, mountain lions, Monarch butterflies and pygmy-owls; a Master's degree in Arid Lands Management, and an undergraduate degree in Biology; and development and implementation of conservation programs in Mexico and the U.S. building bridges for binational conservation along the borderlands. Avila is a recurrent speaker at conferences, science communication trainings and interviews - especially about the impacts of border wall construction on human and natural communities along the border, an issue he became personally aware of while studying northern jaguars in 2004. After 12 years of living, working and paying taxes in the U.S., Avila became a United States Citizen. However, all his work and life experience with jobs on both sides of the border, speaking both languages and connecting with people in remote areas, with college students or volunteers, could not stop the racism Avila has been an object of while living in the U.S. From racial profiling and threatening by Border Patrol, to being followed by Police in Washington D.C. during a work trip, to overt racist comments directed at him at the Outdoor Retailer show in Denver, Avila has been made to feel he does not belong in the outdoor world because of his identity, combined with a long-standing narrative of discrimination of People of Color in the environmental movement, going back to John Muir. In this talk Avila will describe some of those instances and explain why it is important for everyone to understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the environmental movement.

April 30, 1:00 P.M. - 1:50 P.M. EST

Sergio Avila, Sierra Club


Chair Yoga

Yoga is a method of connecting body and breath that research shows positively benefits the physical and mental bodies. Yoga can be done anywhere and at any time!

Danielle, from The Salty Blossom, shares this short practice that can be done at your desk.

April 30,  1:50 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. EST

Danielle Parker, The Salty Blossom

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REfresh Your Compassionate Heart: Take Care of You and Your Team to Make a Difference In the World

Compassion fatigue and burnout with their long-term consequences are real in every heart-driven person and organization.  In our zealous desires to meet the endless needs we see, we too often neglect our own.  But taking care of ourselves and each other is essential to the wellbeing and effectiveness of every individual, team, and organization.  Take a new look at the challenges you face and restore the joy in your life as you continue to follow your heart and make your difference in the world.

April 30, 02:05 P.M. - 02:45 P.M. EST

Dr. Linda Harper, Compassionate Heart Specialist

2021 Virtual Conference Renew, Restore & Reset

April 19- 30, 2021

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