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.

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. We feature a conservation short film selected for the occasion.

Prior to the social, tour the treasures of the archives! Mark Madison, NCTC historian, leads Friends members on 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, mounted birds and animals, and more.

Quarterly Lecture Series

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 by the presenting authors are available for sale during and after the event. The books are sold by Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, WV and Friends of NCTC receives a percentage of the sales. Volunteers are always needed and welcome! Please see our Events page for our upcoming events.


Friends 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 and can carry your inscription. Visit our Memorial Brick page.


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.

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