Grey Towers 101 for educators

| 09 Jul 2015 | 10:56

Regional educators are invited to spend the morning at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Wednesday, Aug. 12 for a tour, presentation and moderate hike from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

This free session is open to all educator grade levels and subjects, and led by USDA Forest Service staff at Grey Towers. Local continuing education credits may be available through individual school districts.

Educators will discover the importance of Grey Towers and the Pinchot family on a tour of the mansion and gardens, “Through a Student’s Eyes.” This interpretive tour can be interdisciplinary and address the academic standards, while highlighting the Pinchot family’s contributions to social justice and civil rights though the American Conservation Movement. The family entertained politicians, artists, writers, actors and other nationally celebrated people of the early 1900’s in Milford.

A hike on the Forest Discovery Trail introduces locals to the importance of a healthy forest ecosystem and the challenges we face today. The trail provides a glimpse of what life was like for Yale University’s Forestry Summer School students at Grey Towers from 1901 to 1926. The USDA Forest Service’s conservation education specialists will introduce the learning opportunities and grade-appropriate activities that meet academic standards available through this exploration.

A light breakfast is provided. Guests are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. Even though the workshop ends at noon, guests are welcome to remain on site or visit the nearby Milford Experimental Forest. Registration is required by July 31. Visit and search for “Grey Towers 101” to register. Seats are limited. Email questions to

This free workshop is being offered by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, USDA Forest Service at Grey Towers and Lacawac Sanctuary. To be notified about future professional development workshops, including Act 48 hours, contact to be added on the teacher list.