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Online Exhibitions

    Mark Stoll
    Rachel Carson's Silent Spring: A Book that Changed the World This virtual exhibition presents the global reception and impact of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as well as the book’s legacy in popular culture, music, literature, and the arts.


  • Rachel Carson Homestead
    The Rachel Carson Homestead Association was formed in 1975 to preserve and restore Rachel Carson's birthplace this National Register Historic Site and to offer education programs which advance Rachel Carson's environmental ethic. Visit and experience first-hand the surroundings that made Rachel Carson a fierce and poetic defender of the natural world.
  • Chatham University
    School of Sustainability and the Environment
    Rachel Carson Institute,

    Sustaining Earth’s life support system – clean air, pure water and fertile soil – through research, education and outreach.

    The Rachel Carson Institute was established in 1989 to honor the legacy of Chatham’s most famous alumna, Rachel Carson. The Rachel Carson Institute within the School of Sustainability and the Environment is an internationally focused center for research, education and outreach around the principles of systems thinking and multidisciplinary investigation that marked Rachel Carson’s work. The Rachel Carson Institute will be located on the new eco- centered Eden Hall Campus of Chatham University.

    To promote and extend the legacy of Rachel Carson;
    To build on her commitment to publicly accessible science; and
    To share her vision of people as part of a sustainable web of life.

    1. Extend Rachel Carson’s principles on sustainability and environment into the broadest possible community of interest in complementary action with the academic pursuits of the School of Sustainability and the Environment.
    2. Promote, provide and disseminate high quality issue analysis.
    3. Convene and connect among the range of organizations and individuals that participate in sustainability decisions.
  • National Conservation Training Center
    The US Fish and Wildlife Service in the Department of Interior also maintains a collection of Carson's articles and publications which she edited during her tenure as a biologist and editor-in-chief. The US Fish an Wildlife Service Training Center has information on a wide variety of environmental topics. Dr Mark Madison, Historian.
  • Rachel Carson Center
    Rachel Carson Center is a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum. Generously supported by the German Ministry for Research and Education, its goal is to further research and discussion in the field of international environmental studies and to strengthen the role of the humanities in the current political and scientific debates about the environment.
  • Rachel Caron Council
    The Rachel Carson Council, an Association for the integrity of the environment, founded in 1965 to continue the work of Rachel Carson, seeks to inform and advise the public about the effects of pesticides that threaten the health, welfare, and survival of living organisms and biological systems. The Council promotes alternative, environmentally benign pest management strategies to encourage healthier, sustainable living.
  • COPA
    The Coalition Opposed to PCB Ash in Monroe County, has extensive links to PCB and dioxin information.
  • Environmental Working Group
    The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.
  • Society for Environmental Journalists
    The Society of Environmental Journalists is the only North-American membership association of professional journalists dedicated to more and better coverage of environment-related issues. SEJ’s mission is to strengthen the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues.
  • American Society for Environmental History
    The American Society for Environmental History (ASEH), founded in 1977, seeks to promote scholarship and teaching in environmental history, to support the professional needs of its members, and to connect its undertakings with larger communities.
  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
    A dynamic community of teachers, writers, students, artists and environmentalists interested in the natural world and its meanings and representations in language and culture.
  • New-Cue
    NEW-CUE, Inc. is a non-profit, environmental education organization founded primarily to assist writers and educators who are dedicated to enhancing the public's awareness of environmental issues.



Additional Reading

  • Our Stolen Future
    The book Our Stolen Future brought world-wide attention to scientific discoveries about endocrine disruption and the fact that common contaminants can interfere with the natural signals controlling development of the fetus. This website tracks the most recent developments.
  • Basic Guide To Pesticides: Their Characteristics And Hazards: Their Characteristics & Hazards
    Shirley A. Briggs, Carson's friend, spent years as Director of the Rachel Carson Council to produce this comprehensive guide to pesticides. It remains the standard guide.
  • Living Downstream
    By Sandra Steingraber, is a splendid examination of the growing evidence linking cancer to environmental contamination, by an ecologist, poet, and cancer survivor.
  • Books a path to nature
    By Dr. John D. Juriga, MD

Related Interests

Natural Sites Named for Rachel Carson

  • Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
    Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Scattered along 50 miles of coastline in York and Cumberland counties, the refuge consists of ten divisions between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth. It will contain approximately 7,600 acres when land acquisition is complete.
  • The North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve
    Designated a Rachel Carson Component near Beaufort, North Carolina.
  • Great Barrier Reef for Rachel Carson
    President Clinton named a section of the Great Barrier Reef during a November, 1996 visit.
  • The Rachel Carson Trail
    Passes within 1/4 mile of the Homestead on its 34-mile route from North Park to Harrison Hills Park in Allegheny County. The trail is maintained by the Pittsburgh Council of American Youth Hostels.
  • The Rachel Carson Greenway
    Maintained by the Boothbay Regional Land Trust, Boothbay Harbor, ME 207-633-4818.
  • Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
    A favorite bird-watching spot for Rachel Carson. More than 75 Years of Raptor Conservation Located in east-central Pennsylvania, Hawk Mountain is the world's first refuge for birds of prey. Open year-round, visitors enjoy scenic vistas, 8-miles of ridge and valley trails, a Visitor Center, Bookstore, and native plant garden, and each autumn, the chance to observe large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons as they migrate past our lookouts. Operating as a non-profit eco-tourism site, your trail fee or membership dues directly support scientific research, public education and Sanctuary maintenance.


  • Tribute to Rachel Carson
    Written for Ada Lovelace Day by Jim Stimpert, Sheriden Library, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Telling Lives
    "I am not a biographer interested in “the life and times” but rather in telling a life in time. We cannot ever get the truth of another’s life, but we can try to catch at its creative spirit and the varieties of a life lived. “Telling Lives” is my record of some of these people who have caught at me, and whose creativeness touched the natural world." - Linda Lear

Other Media

  • "Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" produced by Peace River Films for the American Experience in 1993 is available on video through www.prif.com. Order through the website, or contact Peace River Films at prfilms@prif.com (617-492-7993)
  • Living Downstream
    By Sandra Steingraber, is a splendid examination of the growing evidence linking cancer to environmental contamination, by an ecologist, poet, and cancer survivor.
  • TeacherServe
    TeacherServe® is a curriculum enrichment service offering teachers practical help in planning courses and presenting rigorous subject matter to students. It is designed to deepen course content by providing convenient access to scholarship tailored to classroom use. TeacherServe consists of a series of instructional guides on important topics in the humanities on the secondary level. Each guide provides commentary along with instructional tools.
  • John Kerry on Progressivism
    "What is your first book that represents progressivism to you?"
    "I’d start with Silent Spring by Rachel Carson...[read on]
  • Rachel Carson and the Awakening of Environmental Consciousness

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