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Steve Martin to hold one-day training seminars at the 2015 AZA, IAATE and ABMA Conferences

Natural Encounters President Steve Martin will be presenting on various topics related to the field of contemporary animal training at this year's AZA (American Zoological Association), IAATE (International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators) and ABMA (Animal Behavior Management Association) conferences.

Steve will be presenting a special one-day training seminar at the IAATE conference entitled "A Comprehensive Course for Bird Trainers and Show Presenters" on February 18, 2015, in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, click here.

Steve will be presenting a special one-day training seminar at the AZA Midyear Conference entitled "Contemporary Animal Training in the Zoological Setting" on March 22, 2015, in Colombia, South Carolina. For more information, click here.

Steve will be presenting a special one-day training seminar at the ABMA conference entitled "Raising the Bar: Contemporary Animal Training" on April 12, 2015, in Nyborg, Denmark. For more information, click here.


Upcoming NEI Workshop Dates:

October 17-22, 2015

Natural Encounters, Inc Presents The Workshop Series:

"Contemporary Animal Training and Management"

Designed for Professional Zoo Keepers, Trainers, and Wildlife Educators

Instructors: Steve Martin and Dr Susan Friedman

Our Mission: To help you reach your goals and realize your full potential in every aspect of animal training and educational programming.

Workshop Includes:

  • Knowledge: Scientific principles and training technology of Operant Learning  

  • Practice: Guided hands-on training with a variety of different species of birds and experienced animal training mentors

  • Programming: Innovative educational programming from design through presentation

  • Community: Strategies for improving staff communication, team performance, and team building

  • Mastery: Limited class size for personal attention in a comprehensive learning environment

All workshop materials, including note guides and other resource information, and breakfastand lunch are provided.

WhenOctober 17-22, 2015   
Where: Natural Encounters, Inc. Training Facility in Winter Haven, FL
Tuition: $1500 per person (limited to 24 attendees); NOTE: we are pleased to offer a $100 discount for students who have completed Susan Friedman's online Living & Learning with Animals (LLA) course and a $100 discount for return attendees. 
Icebreaker: Saturday, October 17  
Banquet Celebration: Thursday, October 22

For Registration and Information:

Online Registration Form

For more information about our Professionals workshops, click here.

For more information about our Companion Parrot workshops, click here.

NEI Training Facility in Florida:
Attending a workshop at the NEI training facility is the best way to learn the art and science of animal training. This 34-acre facility is home to over 80 species of animals, almost all of which are available for training in our workshops. Free of normal daily duties, attendees can concentrate on learning the technology and skills required to perform at the professional level. Each attendee receives personalized attention from our staff of experts, as well as note guides and workbooks that they can take home to share with their co-workers.