RSPCA NSW runs courses about animal care and welfare for all age groups.

School Holiday Program

Our School Holiday Program is an opportunity for children and teens to spend either a half or full day at an RSPCA NSW shelter or Care Centre. Sessions are tailored to specific age groups: 8-11 years, 12-14 years, 13-17 years and 15-17 years.

The school holiday program is held at the Blue Mountains Shelter, Illawarra Shelter, Hunter Shelter, Sydney Shelter and the RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah (locations are seasonal).

Participants will have a chance to get up close and personal with cats, dogs, ducks, pocket pets, and maybe even the occasional donkey!

If you or someone you know would like to spend their school holidays making some new furry friends book a session by clicking your selected location below and get started on your adventure today!

Please note: Our shelters use peanut butter as part of the enrichment program for the animals. If your child or children have allergies, or you have any concerns, please feel free to contact the Education Team on (02) 9782 4478 prior to registering.


New VIRTUAL School Holiday Program!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in place in NSW, our School Holiday Program has now gone virtual. We have created 7 new programs that your children can participate in from the comfort of home.

Program cost:

One hour programs are $10 plus booking fees per participant.

Two hour programs are $20 plus booking fees per participant.

All virtual programs will be hosted on Zoom. The link will be emailed to registered participants 2 days before the program begins along with a pre-program activity.

For more information about each program and to register, click on the links below.

ProgramDates and timesLength Age guideLink
Animal EnrichmentThursday 23 September at 10am

Monday 27 September at 10am
2 hours

Animal HealthTuesday 21 September at 10am

Wednesday 29 September at 10am
2 hours

Animal TrainingWednesday 22 September at 10am

Friday 24 September at 2pm
2 hours

The work of RSPCA NSWMonday 20 September at 10am

Friday 24 September at 10am
1 hour

Pet CareMonday 20 September at 2pm

Wednesday 22 September at 2pm

Tuesday 28 September at 10am
1 hour

Farm animal friends with RSPCA VICTuesday 21 September at 2pm1 hour

Guinea pig adventures with RSPCA VICTuesday 28 September at 2pm1 hour