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.

Backyard Wilderness

An NCTC Lecture Series special screening of the award-winning film

7 PM Monday, April 8, 2019
National Conservation Training Center
698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Sponsored by

The Friends of NCTC
American Conservation Film Festival
Potomac Valley Audubon Society

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses - in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior - all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.
We follow Katie, a young girl, and her modern family living next to the woods who are blind to the real-life spectacle around them, absorbed by an array of electronic devices in their busy lives. Katie gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden so close to her front door and we experience the joy she finds in her interactions with this new world. The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that sometimes in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things that can transform you forever - you just need to step outside.
Film Runtime: 43 Minutes
View the film trailer at

Following the film, a Q&A Skype interview with filmmakers, Andrew Young and Susan Todd.  Andrew and Susan are the Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winning co-founders of Archipelago Films, creating groundbreaking media about the most urgent social and environmental challenges of our time.


The 17th Annual American Conservation Film Festival 50 Films, Filmmakers, Speakers Shepherdstown, WV Fall 2019 (watch for details)