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May 22, 2015 / societyforhumanecology

Conservation Psychology Institute

June 14 – 17, 2015 
Keene, New Hampshire
Healthy People, Healthy Environment
Behavior Change, Connections,
& Communication Strategies

Applying Research to Real-World
Environmental Problems

Early Bird Rates available until April 15!

What Will Participants Do?
  • Connect with cutting-edge research in the conservation psychology field related to human-nature relationships, behavior change, and communication strategies.
  • Engage in exploring a range of approaches from individual behavior change to community resilience.
  • Practice applying conservation psychology research to problems in real-world settings.
  • Develop a new network of professionals for supporting applying conservation psychology in participants’ professional work. 
Faculty & Content
Participants attending the Conservation Psychology Institute will explore and apply topics central to conservation psychology with experts like Dr. Louise Chawla, Dr. Carol Saunders, Dr. Joy Ackerman, Dr. George Tremblay, Dr. Libby McCann, and Ruth Kermish-Allen. Using a problem-based approach participants will both learn and apply conservation psychology to real-world issues and problems in both their own organizations or local partner organizations. Conservation psychology topics will include:
  • Conservation Psychology: An Introduction & Retrospective
  • Physical & Psychological Benefits of Contact with Nature 
  • Nature Across the Lifespan: Developing Relationships of Care 
  • Encouraging Active Participation & Care for Nature 
  • Defining and Measuring Behavior Change
  • Strategies for Influencing Conservation Action 
  • Strategic Messaging & Communication Capacity Building

New Special Guest Faculty:  Dr. Ray DeYoung from the University of Michigan to speak about Foundational Sustainability and
Motivating Environmental Stewardship

Who Will Benefit From Attending?
  • 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 from a variety of settings.  We will customize the applications and welcome participants from organizations that focus on biodiversity conservation, human health, community gardening, therapeutic landscaping, land use planning, parks and recreation, children and nature, environmental education, climate change, 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.

 Graduate Credit Available!

More Information

For more information about the 2015 Conservation Psychology Institute and how to register, visit our website or e-mail Ruth Kermish-Allen at

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