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.