Education & Events

The Sam and Myra Ross Institute hosts and participates in regional, national and global 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.

Sharing Knowledge Through Conferences and Education

The Institute’s most notable event is the two-day Human-Animal Interaction Conference, hosted at the Green Chimneys campus every other year. The agenda focuses on best practices and the exchanging of ideas with experts and peers in a wide range of professions that utilize animal-assisted and nature-based models. Speakers and attendees represent leading programs from around the world to discuss professional standards, evidence-based practices, and emerging trends to develop a shared vision for all practitioners. The conference also features hands-on sessions at the farm.

As complications of the COVID-19 pandemic continue, our priority is to maintain the continuity of care and programming for our children and animals. It is with this in mind that we have decided to cancel the 2022 HAI Conference. As colleagues and fellow service providers, we trust you will understand. 

workshop Exclusively for those working with camels:

Class-Act Camels: Preparing Your Camel for Public, Educational, and Therapeutic Work
August 7-9, 2022 • Green Chimneys Brewster Campus
Visit the workshop webpage

A partnership with The Leir Charitable Foundations supports an ongoing workshop series held at the Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT.  Several times a year, Green Chimneys organizes full-day presentations for professionals in education, clinical and nature-based fields to advance thinking and practices that promote human health and well being, and advocacy for animals and nature.