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.


World Premier of the Film:

The Power of One: A Fifty Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson

With Filmmaker Mark Dixon


Thursday December 18, 2014 at 7:00pm

Byrd Auditorium

National Conservation Training Center

Shepherd Grade Road

Shepherdstown, WV

On Thursday December 18 at 7:00 p.m. Filmmaker Mark Dixon will premiere his new film: “The Power of One Voice--A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson.” The film will be screened in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

Rachel Carson (1907-1964) is known as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century for challenging the unrestrained poisoning of the earth in her book, Silent Spring. She argued passionately for precaution in applying technologies whose unintended consequences destroy fresh air, clean water, fertile ground and the biodiversity of species that support the living earth. This film collects perspectives from her adopted son Roger Christie, her biographer, Linda Lear, and others who followed her footsteps as writers, scientists and advocates, who reflect on the example of her life. Filmmaker Mark Dixon graduated from Stanford University in 1997 with a B.S degree in Industrial Engineering. While familiarizing himself with web and media technology during a ten-year career in Silicon Valley, he discovered that our planet Earth was having a tough time accommodating her most dominant species, Homo sapiens. He also realized that a sound retirement plan would optimally include a stable planet. In an attempt to address these concerns, he launched Your Environmental Road Trip in 2006 with his colleague Ben Evans.

The film will be introduced by Patricia DeMarco, former Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead and former Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University where she retains a position as Senior Scholar. A special display of Rachel Carson artifacts from the NCTC Archives/Museum including original artwork from her books, signed first editions, and other artifacts will be on display as part of this commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carson’s death. Carson was employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (and its predecessors) from 1936-1952.