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Our Training Program

Check out our new virtual training offerings!

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 includes our online 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.

Online Courses



The best starting place for learning more about the Natural Capital Project’s approach and tools, is through our free, open, self-guided online course, offered through Stanford Online on the platform: NCP101: Introduction to the Natural Capital Project Approach.

NCP101 is divided into four modules, each of which may be done in sequence or as a standalone unit. The course starts with introductions to the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services, and progresses through hands-on introductions to our primary software tool, InVEST.

Tradeoff! Training Game Series

Contact us to learn more about Tradeoff!