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 approach. 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.

Please join us for the 2017 Natural Capital Symposium at Stanford University from March 20-23, 2017. Featuring keynote speakers Carter Roberts, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund, and Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, this event is a major convening of leaders advancing the science and practice of incorporating nature’s diverse values into decisions. Interactive sessions throughout the symposium will focus on five central themes: sustainable development planning, securing freshwater, fostering resilient coastal communities, developing sustainable cities, and creating standards for the private sector.

Last year’s symposium drew nearly 300 people from 32 countries, representing universities, NGOs, businesses, governments, and other institutions. We heard from over 100 presenters about advances in the science, the development of tools, and how natural capital understanding is being used to inform decisions around the world. Please come join us—we love this event because it is a chance to exchange ideas, swap stories, advance science, and spend time with thought-leaders and practitioners accounting for nature’s contributions to society to make smarter decisions for a more sustainable future.

The next Natural Capital Symposium will be at Stanford University from March 20-23, 2017. We will be updating this site with more information and the call for abstracts in mid-June 2016. In the meantime, if you’d like to see more of what happened in 2016, please visit the 2016 event webpage.

View the 2016 Symposium Info Page

Scheduled Courses

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

March 20-23, 2017: Natural Capital Symposium

The 2017 Natural Capital Symposium will include several workshops on the Natural Capital Approach, Scenarios, and our primary software tool, InVEST. Read more about the 2016 Training Track 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