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.
Learn and experience more at one of these programs. 

NATURE-BASED THERAPEUTICS
CLASSES, PROGRAMS & EVENTS 


 chicken

The Chicken And The Egg: Backyard Chicken-Keeping Basics (850-04-16-16)
Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lindsey Zemanek, Nature-Based Therapeutics: Animal Assisted Interactions Specialist, chicken keeper, mental health practitioner

Level: Novice to Beginner chicken keepers of all ages (Children under 16 should register with an adult at the duo rate)
Backyard chicken coops are springing up everywhere, are you ready to join in the fun? The Arboretum's Nature-Based Therapeutic Services program offers this class as a way to teach you how chickens can enhance your relationship to the food you eat...and bring you joy in the process! In this class you will discuss the joys of keeping chickens, and realize that the benefits will be more than just fresh eggs. Here you will learn what chicken-keeping entails through examples, handouts and images of best breeds and shelters for an urban setting, where to obtain your chicks, and what to have ready and to expect when you're...expecting! During this informative presentation, find out what to do for chicken illness, injury and backyard safety. Learn tricks, shortcuts and examples for the best watering, feeding, and care for your brood. Leave with shelter designs, lists of breeds, and other resources-just in time for ordering your flock. You'll leave feeling prepared and confident to begin keeping chickens in your backyard!
NOTE: Many Minnesota cities allow backyard chickens, including Minneapolis, St Paul, Minnetonka, Bloomington, Shakopee, Richfield, Eagan and many others. Check with your local city government for restrictions, ordinances and permits.
Limit 25, Learning Center

register INDIVIDUAL: $32 member/$44 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and handouts
DUO: $51 member/$70 non-member, includes class registration + Arboretum admission for 2 people and handouts (all participants must register, regardless of age)

 dog treats

No Bones About It: Make & Take Dog Treats For Your Canine Friends (850-05-21-16)
Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Nancy Brooks, Nature-Based Therapeutics: Animal Assisted Interactions Specialist, dog treats connoisseur
Level: Dog lovers of all ages (Children under 16 should register with an adult)

The Arboretum's Nature-Based Therapeutic Service: Animal Assisted Interaction programs teach us that there is a strong bond between animals and humans. There is no better example than the bond with your family pet! Show your dog you love them by feeding them the very best: Make treats with all the best ingredients available...including low cost, whole organic ingredients, and lots of love! Through demonstrations and hands-on work in small groups, you will make and take home three easy-to-prepare recipes that will save money and please any pet's palate. There will be a variety of cookie cutters in shapes and sizes from small to large to accommodate the proportional size of your dog. You will take home three small bags of treats.
NOTE: Humans only for this class.
Limit 20, Learning Center

Register $39 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, three sets of dog treats, all ingredients and treat baggies. (All participants must register, regardless of age)
 

 dog's life

It's a Dog's Life: How to Understand Life from a Dog's Perspective (850-06-18-16)
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Nancy Brooks, Nature-Based Therapeutics: Animal Assisted Interactions Specialist, Certified Trick Dog Instructor
Level: Ages 7 and up

Your dog knows a lot about you through constantly observing your movements and listening to you. How much do you really know about your dog? This class will teach you how a dog's senses are different than yours and how they use those senses in their daily life. By increasing awareness of your dog's senses, you will become more attuned to your dog's needs; the more aware you are of your dog's needs, the better you can be engaged in nurturing and supporting his or her training and skill development. Once you experience what it is like to move and behave like a dog, you can appreciate your new knowledge, doggy skills, and enhanced relationship with your pet. This class involves indoor classroom instruction and outdoor time exploring the Arboretum's new Dog Commons; dress appropriately for the weather.
NOTE: Humans only for this class
Limit 25, Learning Center

register $24 member/$36 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, materials (All participants must register, regardless of age.)
 

 Canine Art

The Art of Being a Dog: Learn About Dogs in Art and Create Canine Art! (850-07-16-16)
Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Nancy Brooks, Nature-Based Therapeutics: Animal Assisted Interactions Specialist, Certified Trick Dog Instructor
Level: Ages 7 and up

Join other animal lovers to celebrate dogs...and art! Many famous works of art have included dogs; those artworks teach us what the people of the time thought about their dogs, and how those dogs helped people! This fun, hands-on workshop will show you some of these famous paintings and drawings to get you inspired. Then, participants will head outside to the Dog Commons and open up the art supplies and create their own dog-themed artistic masterpieces! Students will use pen, magic markers, pencils, watercolor, drawing paper, and loads of creativity to make a special take-home portrait of one of the friendly dog models that will be available in class. Instructors will be on-hand to give students individual attention, guidance, suggestions, and supportive enthusiasm as they are working on their creations. Students get to choose their own interpretation, perhaps a Cubist abstraction, a realistic rendering, or a colorful Warhol-style drawing! Participants in this class will discover a greater enthusiasm for dogs, a deeper appreciation of art, and an enhanced sense of personal accomplishment. Each student will create a special frame for their drawing and will take home memories of the adorable dog models and fun new friends!
NOTE: Humans only for this class
Limit 25, Learning Center

Register $34 member/$46 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and art supplies (All participants must register, regardless of age.)
 

 AAI

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.
Nancy Brooks, Nature-Based Therapeutics: Animal Assisted Interactions Specialist, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Licensed Therapy Team Instructor and Team Evaluator
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)
 

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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.

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

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