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So far Friends of the NCTC has created 11 blog entries.

2017 Biologist-led Paddling Tours!

One evening per week from mid-May through early September, the Friends of NCTC host a weekly interpretive kayak paddle on the Potomac River. The biologist-led tour will help you to identify local flora and fauna by the river. Protection and restoration of our local watershed will be discussed as you learn more about the human […]

Wildlife Refuge Volunteers Win Friends of NCTC Scholarships

Friends of the National Conservation Training Center awarded scholarships for national wildlife refuge volunteers. The scholarships allowed the refuge volunteers to take wildlife conservation classes with the NCTC. Here they receive world-class training in conservation and are able to apply it to their refuge to further conservation efforts and success. Two of the four scholarships […]

A trip to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

by Suzy Yates

Mid-April was our time to visit Blackwater NWR on Maryland’s eastern shore.  From Shepherdstown we made it a day trip. Two and one half hours to Annapolis for an early seafood lunch and leg stretch.

Then we continued one and a half hours to Blackwater NWR.  It has a new visitor center where you […]

Corporate Sponsorship is Now Available

The Friends of NCTC is delighted to now offer a corporate sponsorship, which allows for further giving to conservation.

With your corporate partnership membership, you are joining people and families who care about the environment and conservation. Your gift tells a story about your focus as an organization and how you care for conserving wildlife and […]

2016 Paddling Tour dates announced

The 2016 Friends of NCTC paddling tour dates have been announced
One evening per week from mid-May through early September, the Friends of NCTC host a weekly interpretive kayak paddle on the Potomac River.

Cost is $49.

The first paddling tour will be May 17th.
Learn more and book your trip!

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 high 60’s.

On arrival we bought tickets for the 90 minute boat tour, which would give us a small taste of the more than 630 square miles […]

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 sneak preview night!

At 7:00 p.m. filmmaker Peter Schriemer will present the family-friendly film All Over the Map: I Dream of Seney (20mins.)  America’s Nature Guy, […]

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 Earth  is the story of how thousands of desperate souls flock to America’s Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. White Earth is the […]

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 Shepherdstown, W. Va.

On arrival, we had the choice of ten trails, mostly easy or moderate.  We took the Beall Trails. There is convenient parking where […]

Eagle cam donations are climbing | Shepherdstown, WV donates $1000

Update: We’ve reached our goal of $5,000 for a new eagle cam! Thank you to everyone who has donated. We are looking forward to sharing live video of  the NCTC eagles with you in January!


We are thrilled! Our goal of reaching $5000 for a new eagle cam is now very close with the help of […]