Impossible to Forget: The Enduring Legacy of The Rosses


创始人的遗产. Samuel ‘Rollo’ Ross and his wife Myra is as alive as ever at 绿色的烟囱 and beyond, in the wider community of human-animal services. 作为咨询师, 老师, 同事朋友, the Rosses were a power couple and left enduring impressions across the globe, as influencers who shaped and impacted a professional field.

几十年来,, 绿色的烟囱 has been a destination for professionals who believe that bringing people closer to animals and nature is a meaningful approach to human wellness. Where else can students with special needs ride horses, 学会驾驶哈里斯鹰, train a shelter dog or harvest maple syrup, while attending school and learning to overcome their challenges?

菲尔·泰德斯 Clinical Professor and Director Emeritus at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection of the Denver University Graduate 学校 of Social Work, recalls:

“Sam’s resolute certainty that exposure to animals could help children, reassured and echoed my own sentiment and observations. It was instrumental in my own commitment to getting the therapists that I was supervising out from behind their desks, 拔下电话, and establishing genuine opportunities for children to encounter the many impactful ways animals can transform lives.”

Elizabeth Ormerod DVM, the current United Kingdom Veterinarian of the Year and a board member of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations, 与博士合作. 罗斯几十年.

“Sam Ross made a deep and lasting impact on me, 他浑身散发着热情和智慧, 真正关心每一个人. What would the world be like if we were all as wise, kind, and accomplished as Sam Ross?”

前农场实习生 Andrea Makrandreou博士 写道:

“Rollo and his wife Myra’s love for the children and animals was tangible everywhere at 绿色的烟囱, and that’s what makes it such a great place. They built a whole village for children to feel safe, 成长, 治愈, to overcome their difficulties and to develop tools to face future challenges.”

和许多人一样, 以斯帖迪莱尔, founder of the Canadian Institute for Animal-Assisted Therapy became a lifelong friend of Sam and Myra. As they aged, she would send them greeting cards on all the holidays.

“The last time I met both of them was at the Human-Animal Interaction Conference held at 绿色的烟囱 in 2017. When I hugged them for the last time they repeated the familiar sentence about my cards: “你永远不会忘记我们.” To which I replied, “How could I?”


今天, Sam和Myra Ross研究所 carries on their work—and their legacy—by nurturing professional relationships in the expanding fields of 自然-Based 服务 via education, 宣传和研究. Dive into our latest published research 


Rollo and Myra believed in the importance of hands-on learning, not only for students but for those starting careers in education, 社会工作, and nature-based program management. 几十年来, 亨利·J. 和Erna D. 莱尔全球实习项目 at 绿色的烟囱 has provided opportunities to individuals establishing a career in human-animal interaction (HAI). Several tracks allow interns to focus on an area of interest, from equines to farm animals to gardening, 和更多的. Interns gain valuable experience working with children and animals in a school and residential setting. And thanks to the continued and generous support of the Leir Foundation, we continue to honor the Rosses’ intention of nurturing future generations of HAI innovators, 从业人员, 和倡导者. 了解更多

图:木下宫子, 农场 Program 教育 Manager (second row, 右), 和迈克尔·考夫曼, Director of 山姆和迈拉·罗斯研究所 (third row, 左), 领导Leir的实习经验. 在专家人员的支持下, interns benefit from interactive trainings, HAI主题驱动的讨论, 以及职业指导.