The Conservation Lecture Series at NCTC
Writers, Scientists, Filmmakers, Conservationists, Historians Speak to the Public at NCTC


The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. All talks are held at the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center.  No tickets or reservations are required, the public is encouraged to attend. If you would like more information on the speaker series contact: Mark Madison, 304-876-7276, These talks are co-sponsored by The Friends of the NCTC.





National Park Service Centennial (1916-2016) Film Festival: 2 hours, 3 films, 1 Filmmaker.
Crown of the Continent
Ribbon of Sand
Sky Island

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:00pm

Byrd Auditorium

National Conservation Training Center

Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Free, Open to the Public, No Tickets or Reservations Required. For more information contact Mark Madiosn, or 304 876-7276

On Thursday February 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., natural history filmmaker John Grabowska will present three films highlighting our nation’s National Parks, from the mountains to the desert to the sea.  The two-hour presentation will be in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. The three lush and lyrical films to be screened represent the geographic and natural diversity of the hundred-year growth of our National Park System, and explore hidden gems of the National Parks.  Crown of the Continent profiles our largest national park, Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias -- larger than Switzerland, with higher mountains.  Ribbon of Sand, with Meryl Streep interpreting the writings of Rachel Carson, is an exaltation and elegy of the transitory barrier islands of the Outer Banks. And, finally, Sky Island, featuring Pulitzer Prize winning American Indian author N. Scott Momaday, journeys through New Mexico’s ancient Bandelier and the spectacular Valles Caldera, an epicenter of climate change effects in the Jemez Mountains of the Desert Southwest. The orchestral scores for all three films were composed by Academy Award winner Todd Boekelheide.


Linda Lear--Author, Biographer

"Rachel Carson and Beatrix Potter"

September 29, 2016 at 7:00pm

Byrd Auditorium

National Conservation Training Center

698 Conservation Way

Shepherdstown, WV 25443




The 14th Annual American Conservation Film Festival

46 Films, Filmmakers, Speakers

October 21-23, 2016

Shepherdstown, WV