Conservation History

The National Conservation Training Center Museum and Archives houses films, photos, and documents chronicling the rich heritage of wildlife conservation.  A changing museum and state of the art research archive help the public, researchers and professional conervationists better understand the rich  history of American wildlife conservation.

Conservationists in Action

The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public.

The Conservation History Podcast

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Author William Souder on Rachel Carson's Legacy

History comes alive as authors, scientists, and historians talk about conservation history.





American Conservation Film Festival

The American Conservation Film Festival October 22-25 and November 1, 2015. 46 films, 30 filmmakers and speakers, and much, much more.

On Thursday October 22 at 7:00 p.m. the American Conservation Film Festival will have a special free sneak preview night with two films and their filmmakers. The films will be screened in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

At 7:00pm filmmaker Peter Schriemer will present the family-friendly film All Over the Map: I Dream of Seney (20mins.)  America's Nature Guy, Peter Schriemer, reconnects families with nature in this fun travel show exploring our Wildlife Refuges. In this episode, Peter takes viewers through Seney National Wildlife Refuge in the north woods of Michigan - featuring loons, frogs, beetles, snakes, and the return of the Trumpeter Swan.

At 7:40pm filmmaker Mark Dixon and Rachel Carson scholar Patty Demarco will present The Power of One Voice: A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson  (52 mins.).  Rachel Carson is widely regarded as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Her talent as a writer, combined with her deep knowledge of the natural world, made her a potent advocate for the use of precaution when working with biological systems. In 1962, her best-selling book,Silent Spring, awoke the environmental consciousness of America with poignant words of caution in the face of rapidly advancing scientific progress. This documentary film pulls insights from a variety of speakers at a 50-year anniversary celebration ofSilent Spring.

All weekend the American Conservation Film Festival will screen 46 films with filmmakers, speakers, and family events.  For a full schedule of the film festival please visit:

The films are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. It is part of American Conservation Film Festival and co-sponsored by the Friends of NCTC. For more information please contact Mark Madison at (304) 876-7276 or or visit

Ask the Historian

Have a question about the history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or wildlife conservation.  The FWS Historian, Mark Madison, will try to answer your question.