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.
Learn and experience more at one of these programs. 


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Introduction to Therapy Animal Teams & Animal Assisted Interactions: How Dogs Help us Heal and How You can Help (850-08-20-16)
Saturday, August 20, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Level: Adults or teenagers 16+

The Arboretum's new Dog Commons was designed for the Nature-Based Therapeutics program to celebrate the healing bond between humans and animals. You may be lucky to be able to experience that wonderful bond in your own home with your own animals. This session will provide information about the human-animal bond and how that precious relationship can help assist humans physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. You will also learn how you could become a therapy animal team to help others of all abilities. This class will focus on dogs and what characteristics make a great therapy team - hint, in addition to the training, registration, practice, temperament and age of the dog, it's also teaching the human best practices on how to interact with their therapy partner! If your dog is well behaved and comfortable in a classroom environment, you are welcome to bring him/her to this session (dog admission is free) to discuss any questions and get feedback on the next steps for you to become a therapy team. Participants are invited to walk their dogs at the Arboretum's new Dog Commons after class.
NOTE: If your dog will be attending, they must on a 6-foot (or shorter) leash and under control of owner at all times. Bring poop bags for your own dog. Maximum one dog per person.
Limit 20 individuals or duos, Learning Center

register INDIVIDUAL: $24 member/$36 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, handouts (dog admission is free)
DUO: $38 member/$58 non-member, includes class registration + Arboretum admission for 2 people and up to 2 dogs, handouts (dog admission is free)

 2016 speak 2016 Nature-Based Therapeutic Conference
A Kinship of All Creatures: Broadening our knowledge of Human-Animal Interactions
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Speak! is about our human partnership with animals, the natural world and the way in which positive interactions with animals increases individual health and community well-being. This conference will provide participants with a new understanding of animal intelligence and how the knowledge will advance the field of human-animal interactions. It is an opportunity for professionals, academics, and practitioners within schools, social services, healthcare clinics, community-based organizations and families to exchange ideas, discuss and collaborate in animal intelligence.

$150.00 Early birds (register before Oct. 1, 2016), and Arboretum members
$165.00 General registration
Fees include morning coffee/tea, lunch and admission to the Arboretum

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To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. You can also view the Spring/Summer 2015 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

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Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.