Conservation Psychology Institute

Applying Research to Real-World Environmental Problems

The Conservation Psychology Institute is an interactive workshop with some of the leading researchers in the field.

Participants in a Conservation Psychology Institute will:

  • Learn what cutting-edge research is discovering about:
    • Motivating pro-environmental behavior change
    • Fostering a connection to nature
    • Crafting effective communication strategies
  • Engage in problem-solving around real-world programmatic and organizational challenges
  • Participate in an emerging network of professionals who are building and applying the tools of conservation psychology

Learning Methods

The CPI faculty are experienced in education and training and have practical experience in working with organizations, communities, and individuals.

The Institute faculty draw on a range of didactic and interactive strategies designed to foster collaborative learning, team problem-solving, and the development of clear ‘takeaways.’

Participants are encouraged to bring their particular organizational challenges to the Institute to provide real-world problems, and specific regional case studies will be included for demonstrations and application exercises.

Expect a participatory and dynamic mix of pre-reading, presentation, small group discussion and application, Q&A, one on one coaching, and team planning time. Sessions will be held both indoors and outdoors.

Who Would Benefit From This Program?

  • The Institute is particularly effective for participants who register as teams and would like to work on a specific organizational challenge as part of the intensive.
  • Communication and education practitioners in community and nonprofit organizations with a focus on human health and wellness across the lifespan, community gardening, therapeutic landscaping, land use planning, parks and recreation, children and nature, biodiversity conservation, and sustainability.
  • Students and educators interested in a working knowledge of the field of conservation psychology.
  • Individuals across a range of organizational settings interested in learning about conservation psychology principles.
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