Finding Ourselves in Nature: The Human Connection to the Natural World

A Conversation with Dr. Susan Clayton, Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology at the College of Wooster. Wooster, OH

Humans need and value nature. Why? In addition to physical environmental benefits, how does nature support more symbolic and personal values that make up our very sense of ourselves?

Join Dr. Susan Clayton to explore the ways in which the natural environment contributes to well-being, the role of social context in developing and expressing our relationship to nature, the role of human behavior, including population growth, in promoting a healthy environment, some of the factors that influence that behavior and how people might be affected by environmental changes due to human population growth and climate change.

Dr. Clayton is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She is currently on the editorial boards for Social Justice Research, Journal of Environmental Psychology, and PsyEcology.


  • Winners of the FIND OURSELVES IN NATURE photo contest will be announced. Prizes for the winners courtesy of Pro Photo Supply.
  • A short documentary on the life and legacy of ADAM ALABARCA
  • Clips from the upcoming documentary THE PEOPLE FACTOR

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For more information on THE PEOPLE FACTOR and Wagging Tale Productions visit

Sponsored by:

  • The Sierra Club Columbia Group Adam Alabarca Sustainability Speaker Series
  • Wagging Tale Productions




Thursday, October 31