Shelter Tours

Seeing is understanding.

We proudly offer free tours for school groups and youth organizations of our animal care and education center, with home-like animal housing. The Potter League's building has been LEED certified at the Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council and the tour incorporates environmental education by showcasing the "green" features of the new facility.

Tour Formats

Tour formats are determined based on your learning goals, the number of students, their ages, and how much time is available. When you book your tour, these possibilities can be discussed.

Basic Tour

Our basic option includes a guided tour through the adoption floor to see all our adoptable animals. Pet care and responsible pet ownership are discussed. This is a great choice for younger children who have no interest in the inner workings of the shelter, but love to see and learn about animals. The tour will take approximately 20-30 minutes.

Standard Class Tour

This tour is the perfect choice for a visiting class or youth group. It includes a short class (see the Single Lesson Offerings for options) in our Education Center, followed by either a Basic or Behind the Scenes Tour. The program can handle up to 30 students and takes approximately 1 – 1½ hours.

Focuses & Extras

Tours may be focused on a specific topic in order to meet your learning goals. Examples of focuses include: green building features, careers with animals, responsible pet care, safety around animals, or the role of an animal shelter. We are happy to work with you on your ideas! Looking to add more fun and excitement to your group’s visit? The group leader may also request an extra experience, such as a scavenger hunt, animal encounter, or service project.

Behind the Scenes Tour

This option takes students through the “Staff Only” portions of the shelter, in addition to the public spaces. The tour includes the medical area, intake areas, training center, and adoption floor, allowing students to get a full understanding of how the shelter works to help animals. The tour will take approximately 30 – 45 minutes.

Field Trip

This option is especially designed for groups of more than 30 students. Students are split into small groups and are led by a tour guide to various stations. Stations may include a short lesson, a dog training demo, and a tour of the shelter. A field trip takes approximately 1 – 1½ hours.

Schedule a Shelter Tour