CEWHALL Workshop


Recommended for students ages 10 – 15

Animal training is leadership! Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to train animals and successfully lead themselves, animals, and other people through positive relationship building, empathy, and teamwork.

Participants will work with live koi to get an introduction to the fundamentals of the positive methods professional animal trainers use. This humane education workshop will utilize interactions with koi to teach some aquatic animal and conservation basics, as well as problem-solving skills and positive training techniques that can also be applied to other animal species, including people!

This special workshop is offered through Robert Morris University’s Center for Innovation and Outreach in partnership with the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and is taught by an interdisciplinary team of instructors that include faculty and staff from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Robert Morris University, Bloomsburg University, and Pittsburgh Public Schools. It includes curriculum from a multi-institutional research collaboration, the HAI-CEWHALL Program Research Project, which explores human-animal interaction and educational and health outcomes for children and welfare outcomes for animals (conservation, education, welfare, health, attachment, learning, and leadership: CEWHALL).

The workshop takes place at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and consists of six consecutive half-day sessions, either morning or afternoon. The workshop begins on Monday, July 18 and concludes on Saturday, July 23.

Spaces are limited. Please click the links below to be re-directed to RMU’s CIO Workshop registration page for more information and to register.





 Questions? Please email mfarmerie@pittsburghzoo.org

Monday, July 18 – Saturday, July 23

Morning Session:
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session:
12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Education Building near the PPG Aquarium