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.

Did you miss a lecture? Historian Mark Madison typically interviews speakers while they are in town. View recorded interviews at Conservationists in Action.

Upcoming Public Lectures: J. Drew Lanham on his book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature

On Wednesday January 27 at 1:00 p.m. (ET), author, naturalist and Clemson University Wildlife Ecology Professor J. Drew Lanham will present “The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature online on the National Conservation Training Center Facebook page: or at  Professor Lanham’s presentation describes a black naturalist’s improbable journey in a largely white field. 

A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram’s Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home. An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University, he and his family live in the Upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk’s downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall. 

This talk is as part of NCTC’s Conservation Lecture Series, which is cosponsored by The Friends of the NCTC (  

For more information, please contact Mark Madison (304-876-7276; or visit  



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