R A C H E L C A R S O N H O M E S T E A D A S S O C I A T I O N The Spring A Quarterly Newsletter Issue No. 34 - Winter 2006/07 Rachel Carson Legacy Upcoming Educational Thanks to our 2006 Donors and Challenge:green steps to a Programs for Children Volunteers sustainable future The Rachel Carson Homestead is The Rachel Carson Homestead Learn how you can make a planning several programs and Association thanks you for your difference. activities to share winter wildlife financial and lend-a-hand Page 2 with your child! Page 3 support. Page 4 Meet the Rachel Carson Homestead Board and Staff Page 3 From the Challenge on our Web site at volunteer help. We are seeking www.rachelcarsonhomestead.org. individuals with diverse talents and Together we can expand the number backgrounds who share a passion for Board of people invested in a green future. Through our newsletter and Web environmental preservation. Please contact us if interested. Best wishes President site you can learn about the science for a wonderful and green 2007! behind environmental issues and of the many collaborative partnerships Amy Sibo our staff has been busy developing There are many examples of with schools, businesses and other environmental destruction occurring environmental groups. We invite you in the world that one could use to to learn more and enjoy yourself at become discouraged. The truth is that the many conferences and each one of us can make a difference. celebrations we have planned in 2007 Therefore, the Rachel Carson to commemorate the 100th Homestead Association encourages anniversary of Rachel Carson’s birth. you to make a commitment to Also, please consider actively environmentally sustainable practices participating at the Homestead, we through the Rachel Carson Legacy are planning to expand our board and Rachel Carson Homestead - The Spring 1 R A C H E L C A R S O N H O M E S T E A D vast cycles of the earth and in time return resources to help identify behavior to him.”(1) changes and actions that will be helpful. As we celebrate the centennial of The Rachel Rachel Carson’s birth, we see a world with abundant evidence of the pressure of (1) "C.B.S. Reports" program "The Silent Carson Legacy humanity upon nature and natural systems. In some cases, technology has Spring of Rachel Carson.” April 3, 1963. Challenge helped to reduce the impact of human commerce and industry; in other cases, green steps to a sustainable technology has accelerated destruction of future habitat and the course of natural systems. In honor of Rachel Carson’s legacy to all RCHA By Patricia M. DeMarco, Executive Director of us, we ask you to examine ways you can accept the Rachel Carson Legacy Board & Staff As we begin the Centennial Celebration Challenge: green steps to a sustainable of Rachel Carson’s birth, we reflect on future. It is important to begin to act on RCHA Board: her legacy to each of us, to Pittsburgh, our awareness of the fragility of the earth Amy Sibo, President and to the Earth. We have the honor of we inhabit. We can reduce the impact we Kathleen Wendell, Vice President following in her footsteps as make by conserving energy resources, Senator John Heinz Regional History Center environmentalists. Before Rachel using organic products, avoiding use of Caroline Mitchell, Treasurer Carson’s pioneering efforts, dangerous chemicals, reducing our fossil Attorney-at-Law environmentalists were seen as a tame fuel consumption for power and Nancy Gift, Secretary group: bird watchers, photographers, transportation. In the words of Nobel Chatham College naturalists, collectors of butterflies, poets Laureate Wangari Mathaai:” If everyone Danelle Ardell and writers. The passion of political does a little, it adds up to a lot!” Environmental Engineers Inc. action and advocacy had not penetrated Barbara Biglan this world as a central force. Through her Chatham College How to be counted: writing, Rachel Carson connected people You can make a commitment or pledge to Laurene Corrigan to their world and cast humanity into the PPG Inc. the Rachel Carson Legacy Challenge on web of life as a community of animals, Pamela Cromer our Web site at: Hudson Group with dependent connections to other important species in an Julie Lalo 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania ecosystem. People as part David Watts of nature became a Borough of Springdale powerful concept. We had Dr. Gabe Ziccarelli conquered the wilderness, Allegheny Valley School District pushing it back to the oceans from shore to RCHA Staff: shore. With the arrogance Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D. of conquerors, technology Executive Director was brought to bear on all firstname.lastname@example.org sorts of problems from power supply to pest Fiona Fisher control. There was a Rachel Carson Centennial Coordinator sense of man being in email@example.com control of his fate, and the earth was there for the Amanda Trapp service of his needs. Rachel Carson www.rachelcarsonhomestead.org or by writing to the Rachel Carson Legacy Education Director (part-time) espoused the concept of people having a firstname.lastname@example.org responsibility to care for the natural Challenge at: The Rachel Carson world; to preserve it, and treat all living Homestead Association, 613 Marion Avenue, Springdale, PA 15144-0046 Sonya Buller things with reverence and respect: Program & Administrative Coordinator “Nature does not need protection from (part-time) man; but man, too, needs protection from Where to find more information: The Rachel Carson Homestead email@example.com his own acts, for he is part of the living world. His war against nature is Association Web site: www.rachelcarsonhomestead.org has Karen Jarvie inevitably a war against himself. His Administrative Assistant (part-time) needlessly destructive acts enter into the examples of ways to meet the Rachel Carson Legacy Challenge as well as firstname.lastname@example.org 2 Rachel Carson Homestead - The Spring R A C H E L C A R S O N H O M E S T E A D world. Each program has a different format with various activities to theme, but may be adapted to fit that accompany it. The program can be Winter Nature day’s weather conditions. Come adapted for various age groups and prepared for the weather and to will include resources and lesson Adventures at discover just how exciting the winter plans for teachers to use with their RCHA really is!!! Additionally, we are pleased to students before and/or after the program is presented. A goal of this continue to bring to our kindergarten program is to seek involvement from By Amanda F. Trapp, through sixth grade audience, the schools and students as well as their Education Program Director RCHA group programs and field trip families in the Rachel Carson Legacy Wow, what a winter we have had. Just curriculum that focuses on developing Challenge: Green Steps to a the other day, I noticed some daffodils a sense of wonder, provoking Sustainable Future (see page 2 and peeking their tiny heads out of the curiosity about the natural world and visit our Web site for more details). ground and now they’re covered in exploring the role humans play in the The Springdale High School snow. Spring will soon be here with web of life. These programs are Biology Club students are now all of the hustle and bustle that goes offered at the Homestead year round serving as docents and assisting with with it. It is hard to be cooped up all for any type of youth program, school, our education programs. We welcome winter, or home school group. your help as an education volunteer/ especially The Rachel Carson Homestead is intern. Only a love for nature is with the currently developing a seventh required. We will train you in non-existent through twelfth grade curriculum everything else! sled riding on sustainable agriculture and Please give us a call at (724) until the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) 274-5459 or visit our Web site snow finally based upon the Pennsylvania www.rachelcarsonhomestead.org for arrived! Department of Education Standards more details. Usually, it for Environment and Ecology. This seems as curriculum will integrate science, policy and the work of Rachel Carson Upcoming Events though all creatures are in order to create a unique curriculum that can be used on or off site. This February 12, 19, 26 and March 5 asleep this will be done in collaboration with from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. time of the Young Naturalist Program for pre- year. other organizations, such as the PA schoolers and parents - $5 per However, IPM program at Penn State person, $2.50 for members. you’ll University. Our goal is to be able to quickly find out that the natural world conduct workshops for educators that April: Home-school Month: More in the wintertime is just as exciting as will demonstrate the use of this information to come: We encourage it is any other time of the year. The curriculum to enhance or supplement home-school groups to visit the Rachel Carson Homestead is planning existing lessons. The workshops will Homestead. Choose a program and also educate about Rachel Carson and a date and make your reservation several programs and activities to related ecological and environmental with us. share winter wildlife with your child! During the month of February and concepts. Year Round: K-6th grade On- and early March, there will be three Attention teachers: In Off-site programs and field-trips. different programs for pre-schoolers celebration of the Centennial of Please see our Web site at and their favorite adult, to engage Rachel Carson’s birth, the RCHA off- www.rachelcarsonhomestead.org children in activities that teach about site programs will teach students for details. You can also register wildlife in the winter and promote a about the life and accomplishments on-line. “Sense of Wonder” for the natural of Rachel Carson in a Power Point Rachel Carson Homestead - The Spring 3 R A C H E L C A R S O N H O M E S T E A D We thank our funding organizations: Conservation Council of Fox Chapel, Fox Chapel Garden Club, Howard Heinz Endowments, IMLS, Johnson Family Foundation, Laurel Foundation, Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Economic & Community Development, PPG Inc., the Rita M. McGinley Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Rivers of Steel Heritage Area, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, United States Steel Foundation We thank our Donors (over $250): Danelle A. Ardell, Minnette D. Bickel, Charles H. Booth, Jr. & Gertrude Booth, Bill Couzens of Next Generation Choices Foundation, Inc., Pamela Cromer, James & Evelyn Hirtle George, Dr. Linda J. Lear, Maria Verardi Lepish & Joseph Lepish, Paul & Jane Lienhardt, Jennifer L. & Karl W. Salatka, MD, William J. Schillinger, Dr. Esther L. Barazzone of Chatham College, Laurene Corrigan of PPG Industries, Inc. and Dr. Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., MPH of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Center for Environmental Oncology We appreciate greatly the enthusiastic support of all of our members We thank our Springdale High School Volunteers Christy Ansell, Sherry McCully, Joshua Laface, Erin Roehrig, Desirea Mikus, Heather Panza, Brandon Chamberlain, Ann Marie Gollinger, Marla Jacobs, Nick Mendicino, Lauren Pahlman, Brian Simcic, Sherry McCully, Jacob Hamorsky. This newsletter is made possible through a grant from the United States Steel Foundation The Rachel Carson Homestead Association is an IRS Sec. 501(c)(3) corporation, designated a Charitable Organization under Sec 509(a)(1). Rachel Carson Homestead Association Issue No. 34 - Winter 2006/07 Rachel Carson Homestead Association 613 Marion Avenue, Box 46 Springdale, PA 15144-0046 2007 Rachel Carson Centennial Event Listing April 20: Rachel Carson Legacy Celebration @ John Heinz Regional Pittsburgh History Center May 27: Rachel Carson Birthday Party @ Rachel Carson Homestead September 29: Rachel Carson Legacy Conference @ Carnegie Mellon University November 3: Rachel Carson Spirit & Nature Conference @ Chatham College Visit www.rachelcarsonhomestead.org for other celebratory events by our partners.