We are delighted to be an official Food and Nutrition educational provider with New York City’s  Mayor’s Office of Food Policy (MOFP)!

As a partner, Catskill Animal Sanctuary teaches New York City school children about the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Our individualized elementary, middle, and high school lessons not only align with the NYC schools plant-based foods initiative, but with New York State educational standards as well. Each lesson features CAS animal friends right on screen to maximize student engagement and help students get to know the animals who are supported by their dietary choices.

We can join any classroom or school live on camera, with lessons ready to go to minimize the lift on NYC teachers and to help them implement food and nutrition education.

Since 2019, our Humane Education team, made up of teachers, has brought live, interactive sessions with CAS animals to thousands of students in classrooms around the country. Our lesson plans meet many New York State (NYS) education standards, including some in life science and humane education. We’re also developing food lessons that will meet many of the standards for food and nutrition, family and consumer sciences, and health courses.

We’d love to introduce our animals to your students and provide them with a free virtual field trip (or a series of them)! Our aim is to help students learn how the plant-based options they’re offered in school help them to be healthier, and also help animals and the planet, too!

All programs are customized to meet the needs of the school. We also host more general virtual programs that introduce students to animal sanctuaries, and afford them the chance to meet the pigs and chickens, cows and goats, sheep and turkeys who call CAS home. These programs are available to any school regardless of location, and through grant funding, we offer reduced rates or no-cost programs depending on each school’s budget.

To book your virtual program, click here!