Know before you go!

We are excited that you will be joining us for this year’s Art and Science of Animal Training Conference.

Please review this information about the conference. If you have any questions, contact Mary at mary@artandscienceofanimaltraining.org.

Research posters at the 2016 ORCA conferenceConference center and hotel addresses
Airport shuttle
Parking
Hotel check-in
Conference check-in
Conference center map
Schedule of events
Conference meals
CEUs
Internet access
Pet policy
Texas weather
Local restaurants
Local pharmacies

Conference center and hotel addresses

The conference will be at the:
Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054

Please note! The conference is at a new venue this year.

Hotel address:
Hilton Garden Inn
1615 Campus Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054
(817) 281-5800
Hotel Website

Airport shuttle

For those staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

If you plan to use the shuttle, please follow these instructions:

1) Call the hotel a few days before your arrival to give the hotel your flight information. This will help the hotel schedule the shuttles and will minimize your wait time.

2) Upon arriving at the airport, collect your bags and then call the hotel to give its staff your terminal and gate number (817-281-5800).

3) The front desk will give you instructions about the shuttle and what type of vehicle to look for.

Please be aware that the hotel shuttle does not service Dallas’ Love Field Airport.

Parking

The hotel and conference center have an attached parking garage. All parking at the conference center and hotel is complimentary.

Hotel check-in

Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. Checkout time is 11:00 am. If you are leaving on Sunday in the afternoon or evening, the hotel can hold your bags after you check out.

Conference check-in

For those arriving on Friday, we will have registration from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the front lobby of the Hurst Conference Center. Our Friday reception will also take place in this space.

For those arriving on Saturday, registration will start at 8:15 a.m. and will be in the front lobby of the conference center, outside the entrance to the main ballroom.

Conference center map

Click here to download a map of the conference center.

Our conference will take place in the main ballroom (Sections A and B).

Registration, the reception, and meals will take place in the front lobby of the conference center.

Schedule of events

Click here to download the schedule for the weekend. You also will receive a printed schedule when you check in at the conference.

Conference meals

Lunch will be provided each day as part of your registration. We also hope that you have signed up to join us for the Saturday night banquet dinner and award presentation.

We will not be providing breakfast as part of your registration fee. However, the Hilton Garden Inn offers a breakfast buffet for $12.95 per person.

A Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Panera Bread, McDonald’s, and many other restaurants are located within one mile of the conference center.

We will have coffee and hot tea available outside of the meeting room each day, starting at 8:30 a.m.

CEUs

CEUs will be available for these organizations: CCPDT, IAABC, IATCB, and KPA. CEU certificates and sign-in forms will be available at the check-in table. For CCPDT, please remember to bring your certificant number.

Internet access

Free Wi-Fi internet access will be available at the conference center. You will be provided with a password at registration.

If you are staying at the hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn also offers free internet access in the guest rooms.

Pet policy

The conference center and hotel both have a no-pet policy. Dogs or other pets will not be permitted at the conference, with the exception of working service dogs. Also, since temperatures during the weekend could be warm, we strongly advise that you do not leave your dog in your vehicle.

Texas weather

The weather in Texas can be unpredictable, especially in February. It might be sunny and warm or rainy and cold. Please check the weather before you come!

We will try to keep the meeting room at a pleasant temperature. In the past, the room has sometimes been a bit on the cooler side. We suggest bringing a light sweater or jacket.

Local restaurants

The following restaurants are located within a five-minute walk from the conference center:

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant
850 Airport Freeway, Hurst, Texas 76054

Catfish & Co.
900 Airport Freeway #110, Hurst, Texas 76054

Italianni’s Italian Food
1601 Precinct Line Road, Hurst, Texas 76054

There are many other restaurants in the surrounding area.

Local pharmacies

Walgreen’s Pharmacy
780 West Bedford Euless Road, Hurst, Texas 76053
(817) 282-0308

Target and CVS Pharmacy
1400 Precinct Line Road, Hurst, Texas 76053
(817) 282-8808