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SEMINARS

Wolf Park's seminars provide unique opportunities for professionals in the animal industry to advance their knowledge about animal training, welfare, and ethology from some of the top experts in the field. Our seminars are primarily lecture-based but often integrate training demonstrations and presentations from Wolf Park staff.

A Day with Wolf Park Ambassadors

May 8 and October 9, 2021

$450

Join Wolf Park for a unique learning experience taught by our staff and animal ambassadors. Each of our species represents Indiana’s natural history and you will learn about the behavior, ecology, and conservation status of wolves, foxes, and bison. Throughout the seminar you will learn about the history of wolf park, why socialization facilitates higher husbandry standards, and how positive reinforcement training is essential for animal welfare. You will learn how to interpret behavior-based communication through presentations and direct interactions with our wolves and foxes. Understanding how to read and interpret canid behavior is an experience that will benefit any dog lover, as many behaviors transfer across canid species.

There will be ample opportunities to ask our staff questions throughout the day and plenty of incredible photography opportunities. Be sure to bring your camera and open ears for this exclusive day with Wolf Park’s ambassadors.

Topics Covered

  • History of Wolf Park.
  • Ecology and conservation status of wolves, foxes, and bison.
  • How to interpret wolf and fox body language and behavior.
  • Benefits of socialization and positive reinforcement training.
  • Husbandry practices for wolves, foxes, and bison in human care.
  • Question and answer session with Wolf Park staff members.

Instructors

This seminar is primarily run by our team of animal care staff, including Pat Goodman who has been at Wolf Park for 45 years and world-renowned wolf photographer Monty Sloan who has been at Wolf Park for over 30 years. The true instructors of this seminar are our animal ambassadors. Wolf Park is home to 7 gray wolves, 2 red foxes, 2 gray foxes, and 13 bison.


Dates, Cost, and Dietary Information

The seminar will be held on May 8 and October 9 from 9:00am – 6:00pm. The price is $450, and spaces are very limited. Participants must be 18 or older. There will be direct interaction with Wolf Park’s animal ambassadors, and you will be instructed on appropriate clothing to wear. There will be a break for lunch, but no meals are provided with seminar.


Refund policy

Cancellations occurring greater than 10 days prior to the seminar can apply 75% of the registration fee to another seminar. Arrangements for transfer must occur by 12/31/21. If arrangements do not occur, your fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. No refunds if cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the seminar. Only if the seminar is canceled by Wolf Park will the fee be refunded.


Questions
If you have any questions, please email [email protected].