The Ripple Effect (Online, Self-paced)

Monday April 24

Other dates...

6:30 PM  –  7:30 PM

Preregistration required by April 17 for this program designed for adults. 

You may just be one drop in the pond, but you can create waves. Move from being a “nature lover” to “nature do-er” in this self-paced online course that guides you to use your voice to create positive change for people and nature.  

Innovations and trends spread from one person to another in what’s sometimes called “the ripple effect.” Not only is it how ideas spread, it’s how hope spreads too. To protect nature, we need to take personal action, but we must also connect with one another. This course explores what actions are most impactful, how we can talk to our friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues, and how we can scale up our influence to affect businesses and public policy.  

Our cutting-edge Ripple Effect course is FREE! Upon completion, we offer the opportunity to donate to help “pay it forward” and help defray costs for future course takers keeping it accessible to all.  

Enrollment materials, including all links to access the course, will be sent to registrants the week prior to the start of the course. For more information, contact  

Course topics include:  

  • Threats to nature and what to do about them
  • International, national and local environmental solutions
  • Facing climate anxiety  
  • Exploring the values, beliefs, and identities of ourselves and others  
  • Motivations and what might prevent people from taking action  
  • The power of the “norm”  
  • The importance of emotion and appealing to values  
  • Making change fun and easy  
  • Communicating with mindfulness 
  • Building relationships to make change 
  • Why disinformation spreads and what to do  
  • Influencing corporate and governmental power 
  • Civil discourse and collective action 
  • Environmental justice 

This six-week, 12-hour course includes: 

  • Videos 
  • Readings 
  • Interactive Learning Tools 
  • Course Forum 
  • Optional Live Discussion Sessions 
  • Downloadable Course Summary    

Learners can expect to spend between 2-3 hours per week on coursework.  

Optional live discussion sessions will take place on:  

  • Monday, April 24 from 6:30-7:30 pm 
  • Thursday, May 11 from 6:30-7:30 pm 
  • Thursday, June 1 from 6:30-7:30 pm 

Member adult free; nonmember adult free. Donations are welcome!   

By registering below, you agree to the following:

Cancellation Policy: Please note that cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. No refunds or transfers of fees will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event. All programs continue, rain or shine. In the event that Cincinnati Nature Center cancels a program, full refunds will be issued.

Program Policy: Cincinnati Nature Center may update the status or format of programs based on conditions at the time of the program.

Media Release: All participants (18 and older) associated with this transaction grant permission to Cincinnati Nature Center to utilize images, likenesses, actions, or statements in any form taken during a visit to the Nature Center, at a Nature Center sponsored event, or virtual presentation for the purpose of promoting the Nature Center in perpetuity.