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The USFWS Museum/Archives at NCTC holds nearly 500,000 items relating to the history of the Fish and Wildlife Service and American Conservation History.
The National Conservation Training Center supports the mission of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service in five critical ways:
Home and Heritage: NCTC serves as the physical and virtual “home” of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where the history and heritage of the Service are preserved and shared;
Training for the Mission: NCTC provides exemplary training and professional development tailored to support Service employees and conservation partners in accomplishing the agency’s mission;
Youth in Conservation: NCTC helps the Service engage, educate, and employ the next generation of conservationists who reflect our diverse society, ensuring that our natural resource legacy is left in capable hands;
Partnerships: NCTC helps solve urgent conservation challenges, such as climate change, by bringing together diverse partners representing multiple points of view;
Sustainability: NCTC is a national leader in the conservation community for its state-of-the art facility and green practices.
Currently the USFWS Museum/Archives at NCTC holds in excess of 492,424 items: 31,591 objects, 10,324 historic books, 41,689 historic photos, 4,855 historic films, 922 oral histories, and 403,133 historic research papers from the Fish and Wildlife Reference Library. The Archive scope of collection includes all aspects of American Conservation History with a focus on the USFWS including extensive records on refuges, endangered species, law enforcement, and migratory birds. The state of the art facility is open to the public 7:30am-5:00pm on Mondays, 6:30 am-5:00pm Tuesdays-Fridays, and other times by appointment. A Museum Aide, the FWS National Historian, an oral history transcriptionist, and a Museum Curator staff the USFWS Museum/Archives at NCTC.