Thursday, April 28, 2011

Natural Encounters - Contemporary Animal Training and Management

Natural Encounters, Inc Presents The Workshop Series:

"Contemporary Animal Training and Management"

Designed for Professional Zoo Keepers, Trainers, and Wildlife Educators

Want to learn skills that will help you reach your full training potential and improve the lives of animals in your care? Then this is the workshop for you! In this comprehensive 5-day workshop, attendees will learn the core scientific principles of behavior change and the technology to train operant behaviors efficiently and humanely. With extensive classroom instruction and hands-on training experiences, participants will get the information and practice needed to go beyond cookbook approaches and facilitate behaviorally healthy animals and design educational programs that connect humans to the natural world.

In this workshop, the lectures will be presented at our unique education center by world-renowned animal trainer Steve Martin and Dr. Susan Friedman, psychology professor at Utah State University. After each lecture, the learning objectives are put into action as our attendees break into small groups of 4 to work with various animal species while receiving one-on-one guidance from one of our world-class animal trainers. Students who complete this workshop will be better able to,

1. Meet even the most complex training challenges

2. Provide more enriching animal environments

3. Design educational programs that inspire the next generation of keepers, trainers and conservationists.

When: December 3-8, 2011 or January 28-February 2, 2012

Where: Natural Encounters Training Facility in Winter Haven, FL

Tuition: $1500 per person - We are pleased to offer a $100 discount for graduates of Susan Friedman's LLP or LLA courses, as well as a $100 per person discount for multiple attendees from the same institution.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express-Rate of $89.00/night(double occupancy).

Icebreaker: December 3 or January 28

Banquet Celebration: December 8 or February 2

For Registration and more information please see our website call (407) 938-0847, or email us at


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