Sharing Knowledge Through Conferences and Education

The Sam and Myra Ross Institute hosts regional and national conferences to explore and disseminate scientific, scholarly and practical information among professionals studying or working in humane education, nature-based programs and medical and mental health fields.

The Institute's most notable event is the two-day Human-Animal Interaction Conference, which takes place in alternate years. The 2013 HAI Conference focused on best practices and exchanging ideas with experts and peers in a wide range of professions that utilize animal-assisted and nature-based models.

Speakers and attendees representing leading programs from around the world discussed professional standards in nature-based programs, evidence-based practices, and exchanged information to develop a shared vision for all practitioners.

Save the date for hai2017!
Fri April 28 - Sat April 29, 2017
Building Connections:
Children, Animals and Healthy Families

To inquire about participation in Institute events or speaking opportunities,
please contact Institute Director Michael Kaufmann at or 845.279.2995 x170

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