Wright-Ingraham Institute

We promote and encourage the wise use of human and natural resources

Vision:  The Wright-Ingraham Institute envisions a model of integrated studies that focuses on the interfaces between natural and cultural systems in order to foster critical inquiry and insights into these systems.

Mission: The Wright-Ingraham Institute is committed to fostering opportunities for the study and articulation of the interfaces among natural and cultural systems, realized by bringing multiple disciplinary points of view together.  Integrative studies associated with this central commitment take the form of educational and research programs, projects, and publications. To advance this mission we collaborate with universities/colleges, tribes and other educational organizations across a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds. 


The Wright-Ingraham Institute is a private, non-profit education and research institution founded in Colorado in 1970. It was established to promote, direct, encourage, and develop opportunities contributing to the conservation, preservation and wise use of human and natural resources. The Institute has recently hosted conferences and workshops on environmental issues and also gives small grants to 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations whose mission is complementary to these goals.

The Institute opened the Richard T. Parker Advanced Center for Research in 1973 at its Running Creek Field Station site in the interest of conducting field research and educational workshops to study the ecosystems of the Front Range of Colorado. Data from these studies are currently available to the public at the American Heritage Center in Wyoming and at the University of Colorado anthropology department in Boulder. The Field Station was closed in 2009. However, the Wright-Ingraham Institute’s central mission remains focused on research and education that studies interrelationships between natural and human-built systems.

In keeping with this mission, the Institute organizes educational programs and coordinates with other non-profit institutions to develop workshops, conferences, and public forums. It also continues to give small annual grants to help support other non-profit organizations. The Institute has recently initiated two new programs: The Field Stations program, which is studying new futures for rural landscapes, held its first workshop in July 2018 in Colombia, Latin American; and an Oral History Project will be developing a video archive of the Institute’s work in 2019-20.

Raising funds from a variety of private, public and institutional sources, the Institute invites you to participate in its work by making a donation. If you are interested, please contact us.

If you are interested in supporting the work of the Wright-Ingraham Institute, please make a donation today.

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