Nature-Based Therapeutics
Classes, Programs & Events

It's nature's way of healing. Nature Based Therapeutics are professionally facilitated interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes to bring about measurable outcomes in human health and well-being. It is nature's way of healing all people in physical, social, emotional and cognitive ways.


Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools. 

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing. 

Tricky Business: An Introduction to Skills and Techniques to Enhance Animal-Assisted Interventions*
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*

Wednesday, July 11, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
(850-07-11-18) 
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska 
OR
Wednesday, August 8, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (850-08-08-18) 
Leatherdale Equine Center in St. Paul 

Sarah Palm, Pet Partners Evaluator, Therapy Dog Program Lead at Cloud Nine Training School for Dogs, Program Assistant, Nature-Based Therapeutic Services
Connie Priesz, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Pet Partners Evaluator


Come with your canine partner and build your foundation of trick training skills that can be used on a visit, and ways to consider which tricks work best for different visiting scenarios. You and your dog will learn basic tricks and behaviors to enhance the three components of an Animal Assisted Interventions visit: Approach, Interaction, and Closure. Through a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction, this class will help deepen the bond between you as the handler and your canine partner, and allow for a more enriched visiting experience for all involved. Please attend this class "as if you are on a visit" by using acceptable equipment for your dog. Flexileads, pinch, prong, choke and e-collars are not allowed. A 4 to 6 foot leash is preferred. Reward-based training methods will be used in this class. Space for working spots is limited to 20 teams (animal+handler). The remaining 20 non-working spots will have the option of partnering with or watching a working team. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class. EQUIPMENT: If you are bringing a dog, please bring lots of small, "high value" treats for your dog and bring a crate for your dog to relax in during lecture.
Limit 40

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

register  Wednesday, July 11, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska
$75, includes Arboretum admission 
register Wednesday, August 8, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
$75includes Arboretum admission. Parking is complimentary directly outside Leatherdale Center see map

 

Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools. 

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing. 

Wellness for Therapy Animals*
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*

Wednesday, September 5, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
(850-09-05-18) 
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska 
OR
Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (850-10-03-18) 
Leatherdale Equine Center in St. Paul 

Julia Tomlinson, BVSc MS PhD DACVS, DACVSMR, Specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Learn how to keep your therapy dogs fit, healthy and comfortable throughout their careers. Learn basics on how the canine body works and expand handling skills to read subtle pain and stress cues in your therapy partner. Topics include conditioning, strengthening and nutrition for therapy dogs. This class will be a combination of lecture, dynamic demonstration, and Q & A. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class. This class is for the "human-end" of the leash, but your registered therapy dog is welcome to attend if s/he can be comfortable and quiet in a crate during the class.
Limit 40

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

register Wednesday, September 5, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska
$75, includes Arboretum admission 
register Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Nutrena Conference Center (located within Leatherdale Equine Center), University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
$75, includes Arboretum admission. Parking is complimentary directly outside Leatherdale Center see map

Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) is the intentional inclusion of animals in a therapeutic process for humans, and often occurs in settings such as hospitals, multi-level care communities, mental health facilities and schools.

The Animal Assisted Interventions Practitioner Training is the latest initiative with the University of Minnesota's Nature-based Therapeutic Services, a shared collaboration between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing.


INTERMEDIATE Tricky Business: Continuing Skills and Techniques to Enhance AAI*
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*

Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (850-09-26-18)


Sarah Palm, Pet Partners Evaluator, Therapy Dog Program Lead at Cloud Nine Training School for Dogs, Program Assistant, Nature-Based Therapeutic Services
Prerequisite: Tricky Business Introduction Class (see above)

Come with your canine partner and expand your foundation of trick training skills for therapy dogs! Review and troubleshoot basic tricks and behaviors. Explore the technique of shaping in your trick training. Learn more skills and behaviors that will deepen your relationship with your therapy dog and work well on visits. Please attend this class "as if you are on a visit" by using acceptable equipment for your dog. Flexileads, pinch, prong, choke and e-collars are not allowed. A 4 to 6 foot leash is preferred. Reward-based training methods will be used in this class. Space for working spots is limited to 20 teams (animal+handler). The remaining 20 non-working spots will have the option of partnering with or watching a working team. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class. EQUIPMENT: If you are bringing a dog, please bring lots of small, "high value" treats for your dog and bring a crate for your dog to relax in during lecture. A certificate of completion will be awarded after class.
Limit 40, Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska

*Non-registered handlers may be able to attend (without an animal) by request to Sarah Palm at sarahpalm@mac.com

register  Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska
$75
, includes Arboretum admission 

 
 

INTERMEDIATE Massage Techniques for Therapy Animals*
FOR CURRENTLY REGISTERED THERAPY ANIMAL HANDLERS*
Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (850-10-17-18)

This class is canceled.  Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bee Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska
$75, includes Arboretum admission 


 

 

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