Friends of the National Conservation Training Center

Supporting conservation education and outreach efforts of the National Conservation Training Center

Become a Member!
Enjoy films, lectures, volunteering, and more while supporting conservation efforts!

Become a Member!
Contribute to conservation training, education, scholarships, and public outreach.

Make a Donation
Attend our lectures, films, paddling tours, volunteer opportunities, and more!

Come to Events


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A Visit to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

by Suzy Yates

Driving toward Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Folkston, Ga. on an early October morning, we spotted a bald eagle rising from the ground. It was sunny, breezy, and in the […]

October 22nd – Bring the kids! Pilot for new show on reconnecting families with the outdoors

Thursday October 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center,
698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Bring the kids! The American Conservation Film Festival will have a special free […]

Friends Awards Student Filmmaker at ACFF

We are so pleased to have sponsored the award for the Student Award Winner at the American Conservation Film Festival. The winning film is White Earth by Christian J. Jensen.

White […]

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A Trip to Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge

by Suzy Yates

On a clear, warm September day my husband, our dog, and I drove to visit Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge.  It was a scenic 3 1/2 hour drive from […]


What we do

We actively support the mission of the National Conservation Training Center by supporting their community outreach programs and extending the reach of this world-class facility.

Some of the programs we support include:

  • Administration of scholarship program to provide training for refuge volunteers and Friends group members
  • Fundraising
  • American Conservation Film Festival
  • Fallen Comrades Memorial-brick fund
  • Wednesday Evenings with Friends: Chat and Film Series
  • “Member-only” tours of the NCTC museum archives
  • 6th grade Science Olympiad
  • Habitat restoration and reforestation
  • Member docents for paddling tours
  • Member docents for Duck Stamp Art Contest
Learn more about us!

Online Book Discussion

America’s Wild Read

Whether you are a nature enthusiast, book lover, young conservationist, student, teacher, or Refuge friend, you are invited to participate in America’s WildRead community discussion. We provide this blog in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Library. All are welcome!

Visit America’s Wild Read