Conservation Psychology Institute (CPI)

Applying Research to Real-World Environmental Problems

The Conservation Psychology Institute is an interactive workshop with some of the leading researchers in the field.  Please join us in Keene, New Hampshire in June for our next Institute.

June 11th -14th, 2017
October 9th-12th, 2016
CPI 2015

CPI Faculty Dr. Louise Chawla working with CPI participants.

Participants will:

  • Learn what cutting-edge research is discovering about:
    • Motivating pro-environmental behavior change
    • Fostering 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


The Keene 2016 CPI in June will focus on promoting human and environmental health at multiple scales: individual, organizational, community, ecosystem through the application of psychological research on behavior change, connection with nature, and effective communication.

How Will We Learn?

What Will Participants LearnThe 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?

Conservation Psychology Institute

Conservation Psychology Institute

  • 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 non-profit 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.

2016 Workshop Facilitators

Dr. Abi Abrash Walton, AUNE,, Environmental Studies; Center for Academic Innovation; Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience
Dr. Louise Chawla, UC Boulder, Environmental Psychologist
Dr. Libby McCann, AUNE, Environmental Education
Dr. Carol Saunders, AUNE, Conservation Psychology
Dr. George Tremblay, AUNE, Clinical Psychology
Dr. Joy Ackerman, AUNE, Environmental Studies/CP Director
Ruth Kermish-Allen, AUNE, Conservation Psychology Fellow