Join us on a lilac-scented evening in May at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center!

In partnership with Maine Audubon, the Environmental Health Strategy Center invites you to join us on a lilac-scented spring evening to hear an enthusiastic and sought-after public speaker. Dr. Sandra Steingraber is an ecologist, author, and cancer survivor well-known across the world for her ground-breaking book and documentary film, Living Downstream.

Now she’s written the introductory essay to a just-released Library of America anthology of Rachel Carson's work. Her talk will bring Carson's legacy to life—and show how Carson is a model today for environmental champions who ground their activism in science.

Thursday, May 24

5:30-7 p.m., reception
7-8 p.m., presentation
8-8:30 p.m., book signing

Gilsland Farm Audubon Center
20 Gilsland Farm Road
Falmouth, Maine

Meet Dr. Steingraber, on the Patio

Wine, Beer, and Appetizers on Us! 

Join us for a reception on the beautiful patio​ overlooking ​the Gilsland Farm apple orchard ​and meet Dr. Steingraber before her wonderful talk. ​You and your fellow guests will enjoy a glass of wine or beer​, along with appetizers,​ among the flowering lilacs and apple blossoms.​ (Our thanks to Allagash Brewing Company and Chickadee Wines on behalf of Pine State Beverage.)

Just $24 for the 24th!


  • With your gift to the Strategy Center of $120 or more by Tuesday, May 1 (online or postmarked), we'll thank you with two free tickets.

  • With your gift of $100, we'll thank you with one free ticket.


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Sponsorship Opportunities

For this unique event, the Strategy Center is offering a limited number of sponsoring opportunities to businesses that appreciate the work of Maine Audubon and the Strategy Center.

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An Inspiring Evening
Dr. Sandra Steingraber is an internationally recognized authority on the links between human health and the environment. ​She is recognized for her ability to serve as a two-way translator between scientists and activists.

Carson’s legacy will come to life, through her writing and stories of the challenges she faced becoming the mother of modern environmentalism.

A sell-out crowd is expected for this evening that begins with a patio reception for Dr. Steingraber, followed by her moving presentation and a book signing.

Excellent Timing, and a Focus on Maine
Dr. Steingraber’s appearance in Maine is made timely by the fact that the Library of America has just released Silent Spring & Other Environmental Writings, a new collection of Carson’s work with an introductory essay by Dr. Steingraber.

Dr. Steingraber will show how Maine’s environment influenced Carson, who built a summer cottage in Maine and walked the trails of the property that now is Hog Island Audubon Camp in Bremen, which Carson mentions in Silent Spring. 

Inspiration We Need Now
Dr. Sandra Steingraber is a brilliant, passionate scientist recognized internationally for her activism for health and the environment. She is a remarkable guide to the life of Rachel Carson, her lifelong role model.

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