Rachel Carson Forum

Environmental Heritage of Washington State

Mount Rainier at Sunset

UPDATE: The Master of Environmental Studies Association's (MESA), 31st Annual Rachel Carson Forum, "Environmental Heritage of Washington State", has been postponed due to COVID-19. We will post further updates on this page if we are able to reschedule the event or move it to a new platform safe for our current circumstances.


Jeff Antonelis-Lapp

Our guest lecturer was Jeff Antonelis-Lapp.


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Our event is ADA accessible. Parking is $3.00 a day.



Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

​Rachel Carson was an aquatic biologist whose writings have been highly influential to the environmental movement and the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1970). Carson is most well known for her incredible writings on the marine environment and the animals that comprise these ecosystems. Her books Under the Sea-Wind (1941), The Sea Around Us (1951) and The Edge of the Sea (1955), chronicle life in marine habitats and made aquatic science accessible to the public. In 1962, Carson's landmark book, Silent Spring was released and warned of the impacts chemical pesticides, such as DDT, presented to the environment. She challenged the chemical industry for providing the public with false information regarding pesticide use and questioned the concept that human beings could achieve mastery over the natural world. Rachel Carson was a courageous woman who showed us the influence one person can attain with determination and the power of the written word.

The Rachel Carson Forum

Each year, the Master of Environmental Studies Association (MESA) holds the annual Rachel Carson Forum in honor of Carson's influential and important environmental research, writings and activism. The Forum invites activists, scientists, writers and speakers to present and engage with the community to promote environmental awareness and discussion. 

All are welcome to come listen and participate in this free event and we hope to see you there!