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Department of the Interior Rachel Carson Lecture
   Workshop on Engaging Young People in Outdoor Spaces


   The Cultural Resources and Events Division of the Department of the
   Interior (which includes the Department of the Interior Library, Museum,
   and Educational Partnerships Program) will host a workshop on engaging
   young people in outdoor spaces such as gardens and parks with Ms. Marcia
   Eames-Sheavly from Cornell University on Wednesday, May 7th from 10:00
   am to 11:30 am in Room 7000A of the Main Interior Building.  This
   workshop is free and open to the public and will provide educators,
   parents, childcare providers, and park and garden professionals with
   ideas and concepts to help them get children outside and keep them
   engaged in the natural world.  Due to space demands reservations are
   required.

   In July of 1956 Rachel Carson (1907-1964) wrote an article in Woman’s
   Home Companion magazine entitled “Help your Child to Wonder”, later
   published as “The Sense of Wonder”, which discussed ways to engage a
   child out of doors, in nature, to ensure a life long interest in the
   natural world.  Fifty-two years later we are well aware of the effects,
   both physical and mental, a life spent in a sterile, indoor environment
   has on children, and in 2007 (the centennial anniversary of Rachel
   Carson’s birth) the Cultural Resources and Events division of the
   Department of the Interior hosted the first annual Rachel Carson lecture
   in an effort to increase children’s activity in nature.

   Marcia Eames-Sheavly works as a leader and coordinator of garden-based
   learning programs for community and youth development.  She also
   supervises independent studies that focus on art and garden-based
   learning.  She has received the American Horticultural Society’s 2005
   Jane L. Taylor Award for her efforts in encouraging the development of
   youth gardens.  Eames-Sheavly has been involved in an extraordinary
   number of horticultural teaching activities and youth garden workshops
   at Cornell University, where she works as a professor.  She has worked
   with 4-H youth development within the garden-based learning arena, and
   has also published many works on children’s gardens.


   WHO:           Marcia Eames-Sheavly, Professor at Cornell University

   WHAT:          Rachel Carson Lecture: Workshop on Engaging Young People
               in Outdoor Spaces

   WHEN:          Wednesday, May 7, 2008 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

   WHERE:         Room 7000A, DOI Main Interior Building, 1849 C Street,
               NW, Washington, DC

   RSVP REQUIRED: 202-208-3617

   Special Assistance – For those in need of special assistance (such as an
   interpreter for the hearing impaired) or inquiries regarding the
   handicapped entrance, please notify Brenda Woods at (202) 208-3617 in
   advance of the workshop.  Special needs will be accommodated whenever
   possible.