Our Zoo Workshops offer attendees opportunities to learn and understand behavior analysis and positive reinforcement training through applications with a variety of zoo animals! Our workshops will give participants experience working with and teaching a variety of animals, from primates, birds, wolves, giraffes, reptiles, and more. Lara Joseph will guide you through shaping and teaching behaviors using positive reinforcement, show you how to create training plans tailored to each animal’s needs, and help you in your animal training journeys and problem-solving concerns. You’ll leave with a deep understanding of animal behavior, behavior modification, and the skills needed to create positive change and thriving, interactive communication in the lives of these amazing creatures. Don’t miss this chance to get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating animals on the planet! Seating for each workshop is limited and fills quickly.

Parrot Enrichment Workshop

Date: April 20-21, 2024

Amazon parrot and enrichment toy.

Join us for an immersive, exciting, eye-opening two-day journey into the world of parrot enrichment! Enrichment to improve welfare and incorporate change through science is our specialty. Discover the art and science of creating a mentally and physically stimulating environment that promotes the well-being of parrots of all sizes and skill levels. Bring us your challenges!


Understanding Behavior Through Working with Birds

Date: May 18-19, 2024

A toucanette flying toward Lara's hand.

Ready to expand your knowledge through application? Birds can be some of the best teachers. We’ll be working with predator and prey. Both have different approaches through working with the hunter and the hunted. Identifying positive reinforcers is vast and change at a moment’s notice. Many species of birds are considered prey and aversives can be many and we will work on shaping skills in approaching, modifying behavior, teaching behaviors, and focus on fluency. Lara will guide you individually and in groups, pointing out potential issues in your approach and making sure you are set up for success. Our hands-on workshops receive high reviews from peers and other animal training professionals. We’ll be shaping your comfort level in working with a variety of species of birds and send you home with new ideas and approaches to your training and behavior modification struggles.


Cost & Cancellation Policy

Cost: Registration is $850 per person and reserves your working spot.

Cancellation policy: Payment reserves your working seat in the workshop. Your registration can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the workshop. If past the 30-day mark, your registration cost will be refunded if your seat is filled by another registrant.

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