Professional Training Workshops

Contemporary Animal Training and Management

Our Mission

To help you reach your professional goals and realize your full potential in every aspect of animal training and educational programming. This is an intensive workshop designed for Professional Zoo Keepers, Trainers, and Wildlife Educators.

Workshop Includes:


Scientific principles and training technology of Operant Learning


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


Innovative educational programming from design through presentation


Strategies for improving staff communication, team performance, and team building


Limited class size for personal attention in a comprehensive learning environment

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

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 70 species of animals. Staff accommodate the daily care of the animals so that the 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 files that they can take home to share with their co-workers.


November 16 – November 21, 2024

February 8 – February 13, 2025


Natural Encounters, Inc. Training Facility in Winter Haven, FL


Limited to 24 attendees


November 16, 2024

February 8, 2025


November 21, 2024

February 13, 2025


$2,000 ($500 deposit, $1,500 final payment) Per Person

NOTE: we are pleased to offer a $100 discount for students who have completed Susan Friedman’s online Living & Learning with Animals (LLA) course or a $100 discount for CPDT, CPAT, CPBT, or KPA certified trainers.

Hotel, Transportation, and Meals

We partner with a nearby hotel to provide a group rate.
Transportation between the airport and the hotel will be provided unless you choose to make other arrangements.
Breakfast options and lunch will be provided each day of the workshop. Dinner will be provided only for the icebreaker and banquet events.
All the details will be provided in a confirmation letter.

Online Application & Information

Please note that NEI reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop if the number registrations do not meet a specific threshold.