About Us

The Friends of NCTC actively supports the mission of the National Conservation Training Center by supporting their community outreach programs and extending the reach of this world-class facility in advancing the conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitats through education.

In addition to the activities below, we also administer a scholarship program that provides funding for National Wildlife Refuge System volunteers and Friends group members nationwide to attend NCTC training courses.


Our Annual Social

Friends of the National Conservation Training Center | Annual Membership Social

Friends Annual Social

Meet other friends at Annual Social! Liven up the late-summer doldrums by joining us in our membership drive event featuring sustainably-harvested wines and organic cheeses.


Friends of the National Conservation Training Center |NCTC Archives

NCTC Archives

Tour the treasures of the archives. Mark Madison, NCTC historian, has been kind enough to give Friends members a tour of the vast collection of wildlife and service memorabilia. Included are contraband items made from endangered species, Rachel Carson’s magnifying glass, elaborate carvings and mounted birds and animals.


 Quarterly Lecture Series

Lecture at the NCTC

Lecture in Byrd Auditorium

Attend and support the NCTC Quarterly Lecture Series. NCTC brings in leading conservationists to give quarterly programs in their areas of expertise. Lecturers give talks and frequently show films on topics ranging from wildlife documentaries to programs on sustainable communities.  Books are provided by Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, WV. Volunteers are always needed. See our Events page.

The American Conservation Film Festival

Attend and support the American Conservation Film Festival. Friends of NCTC helps sponsor this exciting annual conservation film festival, one of the largest of its kind. This venue provides a rare opportunity for the public to view an international collection of some of the the most important conservation films of the day, with a special emphasis on films with Appalachian themes. Equally important, dedicated and talented conservation filmmakers are provided an audience to show their works, most of which will never make the local cineplex. We have recently awarded the Best Student Film winner.

Support the Fallen Comrades Memorial

Friends of NCTC | National Conservation Training Center Memorial Wall CeremonyFriends of NCTC administers a “brick fund” for paving the courtyard surrounding the fallen comrades wall. The wall is a memorial to FWS employees who have died in the line of duty. Bricks can be purchased for $100 and can carry your inscription. Visit our Purchase a Brick page.




Support America’s Wild Read

Online Book Discussion

Whether you are a nature enthusiast, book lover, young conservationist, student, teacher, or Refuge friend, you are invited to participate in America’s Wild Read 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.