National Conservation Training Center – NCTC

NCTC, located in Shepardstown, West Virginia is a beautiful place to learn about conservation, environmental studies, best practices, science, math …………whatever.  There is a long list of topics taught here both in person or online via the internet or podcasts.  You can learn to be a naturalist or you can learn to be a biologist or like me you can just come to spend some quality time with other Play in Nature Advocates and try to figure out ways to make this more accessable to all people.

NCTC is like Disneyland for Environmentalists.  The hotel rooms are nice, the grounds are beautiful, the food is great and you can walk and walk and walk here.  Or run as the case may be.  I saw plenty of runners here tonight.  There is also a lodge with  a very nice bar for those of you who might want to sip some wine and watch the stars. 

Great Room at NCTC

They have an eagle cam here at NCTC that you can watch if you want during the winter months………..or quitely tiptoe down and watch the eaglets yourself while you are here………..JUST DON’T GET TOO CLOSE. 

One of the lodges at NCTC

I will be here the rest of the week with the folks from C&NN ( Children and Nature Network) including Richard Louv, Bethe Almeris (the grass stain guru) and nearly 100 Play in Nature advocates!  I will let you know what I learn about the Play in Nature Movement this week!  Stay Tuned!

This is the Auditorium here at the National Conservation Training Center. Impressive use of our tax dollars!

About Debbie Greene

Turned 60! Now comes the third act! From here to 90 I am ready to experience all the fun life has to offer! More of what I want! Time spent with the Grands! Time spent in nature and most of the time with a camera in hand as I record the world around me - THROUGH DEBBIE'S EYES!
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