Conservation in Action

Grade Level: 9-12

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Adapted with permission.


“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” --Rachel Carson, 1954

The second full week of October is not only Earth Science Week—it is also National Wildlife Refuge Week! During this time, you are encouraged to consider the legacy of Rachel Carson, an early leader in the environmental conservation movement, and the resource management activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

The following activity is aligned with the National Science Education Standards and offers cross-curricular opportunities to integrate science and English. You may want to set aside some extra time for reading and research. You may also want to visit a  national fish hatchery or national wildlife refuge to make the most of this learning opportunity.



  1. Discuss with others in your class:

  1. Read the Rachel Carson Fact Sheet and maybe do your own research. Then work with a group of classmates to create a poster, write a skit, or make a presentation (possibly using PowerPoint or a similar program) about Rachel Carson. Consider:

  1. Work with your teacher to schedule a time for each group to present or put on its skit (consider videotaping your skit, if that was your group’s choice). If possible, create a whole-class website highlighting the work of Carson and featuring your class posters, presentations, and videos.

Extension Activity: Read the Conservation in Action Brochure. Through the brochure and your own research, compare the work of the FWS then and now. Discuss: