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The Green Chimneys Project

The aim is to understand the impacts of animal- and horticultural-based interventions in complex treatment and special education environments.

Green Chimneys, located in Brewster, NY, is a residential treatment and special education facility for students with serious psychosocial challenges. My research group is documenting and measuring the impacts of a wide variety of animal-, horticultural-, and environment-based interventions that are incorporated across the campus. As part of this effort, a new methodology, necessitated by studying such a complex clinical environment, is being developed to measure the effects of the programs on self-regulation skills and positive youth development. This methodology, referred to as a relative efficacy map, is anticipated to reveal unique insights into the impacts and mechanisms of nature-based interventions at Green Chimneys and other complex clinical environments.