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.





National Park Service Centennial (1916-2016) Film Festival at NCTC February 25, 2016 at 7:00pm

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. John Grabowska specializes in landscape films on the American West and the Alaskan wilderness. His films win awards at festivals around the world and are broadcast nationally on PBS as prime time specials. He has lectured on natural history filmmaking at The National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution, led environmental media workshops in Argentina and Panama, and co-founded the American Conservation Film Festival. The Washington Post calls him "one of the virtuoso environmental filmmakers in the country." Grabowska is an Executive Producer of visitor center films for the National Park Service.The presentation 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 or visit




The American Conservation Film Festival October 21-23, 2016.

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.