Wildwood Park Winter Lecture Series: Keystone Conservationists

The Friends of Wildwood Park is sponsoring a winter lecture series on Pennsylvania conservationists:  Rachel Carson, Gifford Pinchot, Ned Smith,
Maurice Goddard, and the Craigheads. Free admission, and no pre-registration is necessary-- see the events schedule for details and other activities at the Park.

January 6, 2015

"The Power of One Voice: A 50 Year Perspective on Rachel Carson" by Dr. Patricia DeMarco
Rachel Louise Carson was one of the major catalysts for the environmental movement.  Her life and work offer a model for effective inspiration to change.  What lessons can we take from her success for our issues today?  What tools do we have to employ to move from awareness to action?  Join Dr. Patricia M. DeMarco, a biologist working in the field of energy and environmental policy, to examine the life and work of Rachel Carson.  Dr. DeMarco has served as Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and as the Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University.
When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm, Meet in the Nature Center.

January 20, 2015

"Gifford Pinchot, More Than a Forester"
On September 24, 1963, at the dedication of Grey Towers (National Historic Site), President John F. Kennedy declared that Gifford Pinchot was more than a forester, “he was the father of American Conservation.”  This pictorial presentation by a Grey Towers educator will highlight the role played by Gifford Pinchot and his family in the introduction of practical forestry to America and how, as Governor, Gifford helped lift Pennsylvanians out of the Great Depression with numerous initiatives, including restoring the forests.
When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm, meet in the Nature Center.


February 3, 2015

"The Art and Legacy of Ned Smith" by Scott Weidensaul
Please note that this program will be at HACC’s Cooper Student Center, unlike the others in the series. From Industrial Road enter HACC Gate 3, park in lot W6 or 8, and walk across the bridge to the center.
Ned Smith needs little introduction to most Pennsylvania naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts. A native of central Pennsylvania, this prolific artist, writer and photographer was respected internationally for his extraordinary body of work depicting wildlife and natural history, including thousands of paintings and drawings, hundreds of articles and many books. Join author and researcher Scott Weidensaul, a founder of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, for an exploration of Ned Smith's work, much of which Weidensaul edited for the new book of Smith's writing, "Gone for Another Day."
When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm; Cooper Student Center at HACC


February 17, 2015

"Maurice Goddard" by Marci Mowery
Conservation has a long and lasting history in Pennsylvania, with such noted names as Rachel Carson and Gifford Pinchot hailing from this fine state. Marci Mowery, president of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, will explore the life and work of Maurice K. Goddard, often referred to as the father of Pennsylvania’s state parks. Serving under six administrations, Goddard’s work touched the lives of not just those residing in the commonwealth, but nationally through his vision and leadership in public lands, water quality, and forestry.
When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm; meet in the Nature Center.

March 3, 2015

"The Craighead Naturalists" by Tom Benjey
From Frank Craighead and his siblings who grew up in a house along the Yellow Breeches, descended a battalion of people who made the study of various aspects of nature their life’s work.  The house at Craighead Station was a summer home where the children played, swam and fished, pioneered falconry as a sport in the U.S., studied nature and the classics, and began writing careers. As teenagers, the twins Frank and John became known for their work with hawks and owls. Soon, they were writing and photographing articles for National Geographic. Jean wrote over 100 books about animals and children, including Newbery Honor winner My Side of the Mountain. Tom Benjey, who has written about the Craigheads, will share what he has learned about this family, for whom the study of nature was central.
When & Where: 7pm-8:30pm; meet in the Nature Center.