Our Training Program

We have learned that to truly build capacity within our community of practice, multiple engagements that gradually grow the skills of our learners is required.  We offer a wide range of courses to help you learn to use our approaches and tools. Starting with basic concepts and building to project-specific, in-depth support, we hope to help you find what you need to use ecosystem services to inform decisions.

Our 100-level offerings focus on foundations and include our on-line course, webinars, regional workshops, and big-picture components of the Natural Capital Symposium. Our 200-level offerings build on those foundations to include hands-on practice applying our approach and tools in remote courses and seminars, customized workshops, and in the “training track” at our Natural Capital Symposium. Finally, our 300-level offerings represent tailored, project-specific support in which NatCap experts work with you in an on-site seminar or small-group session to generate results using your own data.

The Natural Capital Symposium

We know that it is through building a community of practice that we will have the impact we seek. Our training program is committed not only to sharing our tools and approaches, but also to learning from and collaborating with others. The Natural Capital Symposium is an open opportunity to join our community of practice. It brings together thought leaders, scientists, practitioners, and others to learn about, discuss, and advance the science and practice of ecosystem services.

There are three tracks at the Symposium. The “Impact” track features keynote speakers, lively panel discussions, and focuses on key concepts and examples of ecosystem services informing real-world decisions. The “Training” track provides an opportunity to learn about NatCap’s ecosystem service models and to work with NatCap staff in hands-on exercises applying NatCap’s approaches and tools. The “Learning Exchange” track offers a range of engagement opportunities including opportunities to present your own work, small group discussions, and troubleshooting with NatCap scientists, software engineers, and project managers.

The next Natural Capital Symposium will be at Stanford University from March 21-24, 2016.

Natural Capital Symposium 2016

Scheduled Courses

We offer a number of courses in locations throughout the world each year. See below for our upcoming learning opportunities.

November 14, 16-17, 2015: Regional Training

Immediately following the 2015 ESP World Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa, we will be holding two days of hands-on InVEST/RIOS workshops preceded by a one-day course on the Natural Capital Approach. Click here for more information and click here to register.

March 21-24, 2016: Natural Capital Symposium

The Training Track of the 2016 Natural Capital Symposium will be a 3-day introductory level course on the Natural Capital Approach, and our primary software tool, InVEST. Sessions will also cover other key elements of a natural capital approach, as well as our other software and helper tools. Read more about the Training Track here. Register for the Natural Capital Symposium here.

Interested in hosting a course?

Most of our courses come about through a request by a particular organization to host a course. We’re often on the lookout for anchor organizations who can work with us to plan and host courses in regions around the globe. If you are interested in hosting a course for your project team or organization, please start by reading our training menu. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have.

Contact our Training Team