Save the Date: hai2025

Friday, April 25 - 26, 2025

Green Chimneys, Brewster Campus
400 Doansburg Road
Brewster, NY 10509

Hosted by The Sam and Myra Ross Institute in partnership with University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and the Institute for Human-Animal Connection

People, Animals and Nature:
The Restorative Power of Relationship

The 21st century is bringing greater awareness to the life-enriching interconnectedness between people, animals and the environment. Animal-assisted therapy, nature-based education and farm-based programs illustrate the diverse approaches social workers, educators, mental health practitioners, physicians and others are exploring and applying to enhance quality of life for all.

Join this dynamic two-day conference hosted by The Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys and presented in partnership with University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and Institute for Human Animal Connection.

In the “living classroom” of Green Chimneys’ farm setting, learn best practices and exchange ideas with experts and peers in a wide range of professions that utilize animal-assisted and nature-based models. Participants will collaborate through interactive group work, discussions and hands-on learning with animals to facilitate the well-being of people, animals and the natural world through models that bring these elements together.

See Past Conference Highlights

Who should attend hai2025?

  • Mental Health Professionals with an interest in the human-animal connection
  • Educators
  • School Teachers
  • Child and Animal Welfare Professionals
  • Animal-Assisted Service Program Administrators
  • Advocates and Explorers of the relationship between people, animals and the environment   

hai2025 Early Interest

Please submit your information by completing the form below. You will be contacted when more conference details, including ticketing, is available.