The GBHS Outdoor Education Program seeks to provide an interactive education experience that reinforces the GBHS mission and educational lesson plans. Lesson plans focus on proper pet care, animal behavior and bite prevention, and the role that the GBHS plays in our community, with reinforcement through our transport vehicle, T.A.R.A., which will exhibit proper pet care in action.

Lesson Plans
GBHS lesson plans are developed for students in grades 4-7 and meet the Alabama State Requirements for character education. GBHS education volunteers come to your classroom with pets and interact with your students. Any parent or teacher is welcome to use our lesson plans to further character development in their students. Please feel free to utilize our lesson plans in your home or classroom. 

If you are a teacher, counselor or principal in the Birmingham City or Jefferson County school systems interested in having the GBHS present in your classroom or school, please contact 

Adoption Center Tours
We always love having students come visit our facility! Students and other civic groups from around the Birmingham Metro area are encouraged to visit the GBHS for guided tours that touch on all three lesson plans. Tours usually last 30-45 minutes depending on the size and ages of the group. There is a maximum limit of 15 students per tour.

If you are interested in learning more about a tour at the GBHS, or to schedule a tour, please contact us at  

Suggested Reading
Know someone interested in animals? Here is a list of books perfect for those of any age. They are set to complement any of the GBHS lesson plans: