with Alexandra Kurland, Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, Mary Hunter, and Michaela Hempen
The results are in. We love Science Camp! It brings together the theoretical and the practical study of Behavior Analysis. Science Camp creates a relaxed setting in which to dig deeper into what it means to be a constructional trainer.
Our first Science Camp was exactly what the name suggests. In 2019 we camped out in a beautiful mountain setting in Italy. The corona virus changed the format but not the culture of Science Camp. Now we do our "camping" virtually.
Science Camp isn't just another conference. We keep Science Camp small so we have time for curiosity. We love going down rabbit holes together. Science Camp is meant for exploration. If that sounds like fun to you - come join us!
This year we will be holding two Science Camps. The first is designed for first time Campers. We'll be covering the major topics from our previous Science Camps so you will be well prepared to join our Science Camp for Experienced Campers in September.
This first event will be Feb 17-20, 2022
We will be exploring in depth what a Constructional Approach to training means.
Topics Covered will be:
What is Learned? - Stimulus Control and Cues Evolve
Loopy Training - A Structural Framework for Training
Behavior Change in the Real World - Blondie and the Cribbing Project
An added treat in all of the Science Camps is the addition of daily Feldenkrais lessons. The lessons do more than give you a break from sitting at your computer. They give you a direct experience of many of the concepts we explore in the presentations. You will be learning new skills using movement cycles, and reversibility. Experiencing these concepts and many others through the Awareness Through Movement lessons helps bring these ideas to life.
(Scroll down to learn more about these topics.)
Thursday Feb 17 we will meet at 6 pm central time for Introductions
Thursday evening is perhaps the most important part of the event. It’s for introductions. At clinics I ask people about their training background and what they hope to get from the weekend. The answers very much shape the experience we are about to have. This will be true for Science Camp, as well. If you have been to my clinics you know the value of this first evening together. It sets the stage for the amazing weekend that is about to unfold.
Friday Feb 18 - Sunday Feb 20 9 am to noon central time
2 pm to 5:30 pm central time.
We will be taking breaks during the sessions but unlike most conferences we don't have a set time schedule. We want to encourage questions and discussions so if a presentation runs over the time we originally planned for it, that's all right. We makes adjustments elsewhere in the schedule so all the material is covered.
Saturday Feb 26 11 am central time "Campfire" Gathering
This is your time to ask more questions and to dive down even deeper into topics that are of interest. The campfire gathering is truly an offshoot of our first in-person Science Camp. We stayed up late every evening talking. This was such an important part of the experience we wanted to make it part of the virtual events. Meeting in the evening isn't fair to the Europeans who attend, since it is the middle of the night for them. So instead we have our Campfire Gathering on February 26.
Price: Sign up before Dec 31, 2021 to get the early bird price of $480. You can pay in full or reserve your spot with a $50 deposit. The balance would be due by January 15, 2022 Register now!
After January 1, 2022 we will be charging $550 for the February Virtual Science Camp. If you have any questions about the event, do please email me: email@example.com
(Note: We love having long-time campers join us for another look at these topics. If you have attended one of the previous Science Camp events and would like to attend again, we are offering a 50% discount for the February event. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.)
Second Science Camp - For Experienced Campers
Labor Day Weekend Sept 2-5, 2020.
An Even Deeper Dive into Stimulus Control
Reversibility, Pauses, and Resets
The "Strength" of Behavior
Daily Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement sessions
* Please note: What makes Science Camp so unique is this program is subject to change depending upon what concepts have grabbed our interest between the posting of this event and Labor Day weekend. The promise is we will be presenting on topics that takes us deeper into an understanding of behavior and training. Register now!
Friday Sept 2, 2022 we will meet at 6 pm central time for Introductions
You've been to Science Camp before so you know not only how much fun these introductions are, but how much they contribute to the whole weekend.
Saturday Sept 3- Monday September 5 9 am to noon central time
2 pm to 5:30 pm central time.
Again you've been to Science Camp so you know how these days work. We pack a lot of great learning into these days, but we do provide breaks as needed.
Saturday Sept 10: 11 am central time "Campfire" Gathering
This event is designed to build on topics we have covered in previous Science Camps. Chain Analysis was something Jesús talked about in the campfire gathering of the 2021 Labor Day Science Camp. We most definitely wanted to learn more so it is in the list of topics for this year. This is how the program for Science Camp grows and evolves.
For this reason we have created the two events. The prerequisite for registering in the Labor Day Weekend Science Camp is attendance in at least one of the previous Science Camps.
Price: Sign up before March 31, 2022 to get the early bird price of $480. You can pay in full or reserve your spot with a $50 deposit. The balance would be due by January 15, 2022
After April 1, 2022 we will be charging $550 for the February Virtual Science Camp. If you have any questions about the event, do please email me: email@example.com
Attendees who are brand new to science camp can sign up for both science camp events before Dec 31 and get a $100 discount off the total price. To register for both Science Camp events, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have attended one of the previous Science Camp events and would like to attend both events, we are offering a 50% discount for the February event. To register for both Science Camp events, email me at email@example.com
Science camp is enormous fun. Group size is kept small. This is not a standard conference where you are in the background asking your questions through chat. We take full advantage of zoom to get everyone involved. Questions definitely drive the process. The days will be filled with discussions in which everyone can participate. And every day we will have the added treat of a Feldenkrais Arareness Through Movement session.
Those are the overall topics we'll be covering. The format is designed to be flexible. We don't have a "normal" set schedule where one speaker stops and another begins a different program. Instead we follow the presenters down whatever "rabbit hole journeys" they want to take us on. It will have all of the good learning, the great conversations, the laughter, the discoveries, the connecting with friends that an in-person Science Camp would have. It just won’t have the mosquitoes, and you’ll get to sleep in your own bed instead of a tent.
This informal schedule creates the perfect conditions for a deep dive into the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and its practical training applications. The total group size is limited. You are not attending a large conference where tight schedules make it difficult to ask questions or to take a topic further than the allotted time allows. Here the schedule belongs to all of us. That means we can explore in depth how research findings from the field of ABA help us to be better trainers, teachers, communicators regardless of the species we work with.
We also flip it around to see how observations of our animal's behavior often throw into question established beliefs and help us to identify concepts that need further research.
Space is limited. We are keeping the group size small for this event. If you are interested in attending, do register early. Science Camp has always filled up fast! That's because it is a weekend of great learning, great discoveries, great conversations, and great fun.
If you have any questions about the event, do please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who Should Attend?
You! That is - if you enjoy exploring new ideas, training and hanging out with like-minded people, then this is the event for you. It's a different kind of conference! Come join us at this year's Clicker Science Camps!
During Science Camp, we'll be exploring both practical training and research topics with an open mind, ready to deviate from the well-trod path of "that's how it's done". We'll be teasing apart the strands of what we think we know to expose ideas we didn't even know were waiting for us! We'll be guided by very experienced and highly skilled practitioners and teachers, by our peers, and the best teachers of all, our animals!
We'll make use of inspiring lectures, dynamic discussions, engaging PORTL games, and enlightening body awareness exercises. We'll have a "campfire" discussion to deepen our knowledge, and ignite our curiosity even further. And we'll ask our animals for feedback. Are we on the right track or do we need to go back, look at a certain question from another angle, explore another approach?
This is NOT meant to be another conference where you just sit and listen. We will all explore, discover, learn and teach. YOU will shape the course content, based on your questions and your discoveries. Accompanying you on this journey of discovery will be an exciting group of presenters and attendees, each bringing their own experiences to inspire even more questions.
Maybe you thought you knew what stimulus control means. You learned the four criteria for stimulus control and then moved on to other topics. Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is going to take you back for another look. Stimulus control is so much more than any of us ever imagined.
If this were the Clicker Expo we would have to call Mary Hunter's presentation: Atomic Shaping - What a Blast! Instead we'll just call it Atomic Shaping and let you imagine what that means.
Do you wonder how all this focus on behavior analysis fits into practical training? Michaela Hempen will share her on-going work with Blondie, the horse who was the subject of her research project on cribbing. How do you apply these concepts to the retraining of a horse who was started badly in a command-based system?
And since everything is everything else, Alexandra Kurland will guide us through the intricacies of Shaping on a Point of Contact. Loopy training, stimulus control, errorless learning: these are much more than interesting academic concepts. They are the cornerstones of great handling and teaching. We'll be looking at how you apply them to training through the lens of connecting with horses. For people who prefer animals that come in smaller packages - dogs, goats and any other critters you work with - the concepts definitely cross species lines.
Mary Hunter and Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz
is a pioneer and leading voice in the development of clicker training for horses. 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of her first book and the “official” introduction of clicker training to the horse world. Since then, Alexandra has published two other books on clicker training, including the recently revised edition of "The Click That Teaches: A Step By Step Guide in Pictures". She has written hundreds of articles on clicker training, produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series and an online course (click here for details).
She is a regular speaker at animal training conferences. She is one of the original faculty members of the Clicker Expo and a founding member of the Art and Animal Training Conference.
She publishes regularly on her blog theclickercenterblog. She produces Equiosity, a weekly podcast with Dominique Day. And she is the founder of Horses for Future, a group dedicated to helping horse owners learn how to make a positive difference in the climate change crisis.
To find out more, visit her websites:
For Clicker Training:
For Climate Crisis Action:
Horses for Future (a facebook group and podcast)
Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz
is an associate professor at the University of North Texas in the Department of Behavior Analysis. He is one of the few scientists in the world studying animal training from both the theoretical and applied perspectives. He, along with his students, has greatly contributed to the understanding of the science and practice of animal training. Jesús studies: the antecedent control of behavior; generalization; behavioral cusps; fluency-based teaching; treatment of autism; teaching of academic behavior; rule-governed behavior and contingency-shaped behavior.
Jesús is a regular speaker at animal training as well as scientific conferences, as both communities can benefit from each other.
Jesús was invited several times to the Equiosity webinars organised by Alexandra Kurland and Dominique Day. You can access the recorded webinars here
is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas.
She also provides dog training services and behavior consultations through her company DogTrainingology and publishes regularly articles about positive reinforcement dog training, the science of dog behavior, and clicker training on her blog Stalecheerios.
As if this was not enough, Mary also serves as the president of The Art and Science of Animal Training (ASAT), a non-profit organization that exists to improve relationships between humans and other animals through educational programs that increase the understanding and use of behavior analytic principles. Mary organises, very successfully, the annual ASAT conference, which brings together academics from the field of behaviour analysis and practical trainers.
The corona virus has meant the conference was cancelled in 2021 and again in 2022. So instead we're going Science Camping!
holds a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine and an MSc in equine science, specialising on equine behaviour. She is working as a scientist which made clicker training especially appealing to her.
She is working on a research project that is looking at behavioral interventions for horses that crib. Her work is under the guidance of Dr. Rosales-Ruiz.
She has studied with Alexandra Kurland since 2010. She is now one of Alexandra’s Click-That-Teaches coaches. She runs the German version Alexandra’s online course and provides coaching support.
Apart from clicker training, Michaela has a strong interest in classical dressage, particularly inspired by Anja Beran, applied behaviour analysis, and the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, all which are closely interlinked with Alexandra’s work.
Anita Schnee, a Feldenkrais practitioner, will guide us through a Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lesson.
Anita's skillfully crafted Awareness Through Movement lessons give you direct experience with a constructional approach to learning new skills.
Exploring your own movement over the course of three days, you may experience significant changes. Movements will become more fluid, easy and graceful. This can have a significant effect on the interaction with our animals.
If you want to learn more about Anita and the Feldenkrais method, listen to the two part Equiosity podcast interview with her: