2nd-Grade Visit to the Nevada Humane Society in Reno

“What problems do animals in the Tahoe/Reno area face?”

For the past several weeks our 2nd-grade crew has been learning all about our four legged friends and how we can best love and care for them through their “Humane Education” project. Their guiding question for the project is “What problems do animals in the Tahoe/Reno area face?”

The goals of this service learning unit are based around developing empathy and building knowledge around government, animal welfare and while practicing writing and presentation skills.


Check out this trip report from our 2nd-Grade Crew Leader Marisa Capellan and the Half Moon Crew’s field study to nearby Reno, Nevada.

This week we traveled to the Nevada Humane Society in Reno for a tour and discussion with Taylor, their Education Coordinator.

Students took copious notes on what they saw, heard and learned about in the shelter and we used this data to further our comparison of the effectiveness of our local shelters. We were ALL blown away that almost 9,000 animals were adopted out of the Nevada Humane Society last year!

We discussed the reasons behind this big number and even had a mini-debate on which shelter needed more support! I am so impressed with the crew’s empathy toward shelter animals and curiosity to learn their stories. These kiddos have the biggest, warmest hearts!”