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, mark_madison@fws.gov. These talks are co-sponsored by The Friends of the NCTC.


 

 

"Appalachian Trail” Talk at NCTC
Wednesday June 6, 2018 at 7:00pm

On Wednesday June 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. author and Appalachian Trail hiker Jeff Ryan will give a presentation on “The Dreamer, the Doer, and the Creation of the Appalachian Trail” in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. A book-signing will follow the talk.

Jeff Ryan--a  Maine-based  author,  speaker,  and  photographer--has  a  contagious  passion  for  exploring  the  outdoors,  particularly  on  foot.  Ryan has hiked  thousands  of  miles  including  his  first  “trip  of  a  lifetime”,  a  6-month  hike  on  the  Pacific  Crest  Trail.  In 1985,  Ryan began  “section  hiking”  the  Appalachian  Trail  with  a  childhood  friend,  a  journey  that  would  take  28  years  to  complete  and  culminated  in  his  first  book,  Appalachian  Odyssey:  A  28-year  Hike  on  America’s  Trail (2010).    Intrigued by  the  question  of how  the  legendary  trail  came  into  being,  Ryan  researched  and wrote  his  second  book,  Blazing  Ahead:  Benton  MacKaye,  Myron  Avery  and  the  Rivalry  that  Built  the  Appalachian  Trail  (2017).    In 2018, Ryan published  his  account  of  climbing  Mount  Saint  Helens  in  1987  and  2017  entitled:  Blast:  My  Return  to  Mount  Saint  Helens.  Ryan spends  most  of  his  time  researching,  writing,  speaking,  signing  books,  and  exploring  the  backroads  of  the  USA  and  Canada  in  his  vintage  1985  VW  camper.

The talk is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. It is part of The Conservation Lecture Series held at the National Conservation Training Center. For more information please contact Mark Madison at (304) 876-7276 or mark_madison@fws.gov. The Conservation Lecture Series is co-sponsored by The Friends of the NCTC (http://www.friendsofnctc.org).


Jennifer Ackerman, Author,Science Reporter
The Genius of Birds
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. nationally acclaimed science and nature writer Jennifer Ackerman will talk about her newest book “The Genius of Birds” in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. A book-signing will follow the talk.  Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science and nature for 30 years. Her most recent book, The Genius of Birds (Penguin Press, April 2016), explores the intelligence of birds. Her previous books include Ah-Choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold (Twelve Press, 2010), Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity (Houghton Mifflin 2001), and Notes from the Shore (Viking Penguin, 1995). A contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, her articles and essays have been included in several anthologies, among them, Best American Science Writing, The Nature Reader, Best Nature Writing, Flights of Imagination: Extraordinary Writings About Birds, and The Penguin Book of the Ocean. Jennifer’s work aims to explain and interpret science for a lay audience and to explore the riddle of humanity’s place in the natural world, blending scientific knowledge with imaginative vision.

The talk is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. It is part of The Conservation Lecture Series held at the National Conservation Training Center. For more information please contact Mark Madison at (304) 876-7276 or mark_madison@fws.gov or visit nctc.fws.gov/history/publiclectures.html. The Conservation Lecture Series is co-sponsored by The Friends of the NCTC (http://www.friendsofnctc.org).


The 15th Annual American Conservation Film Festival

46 Films, Filmmakers, Speakers

October 13-15 and October 20-22, 2017

Shepherdstown, WV