Springsong Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (registered under the former name "Rachel Carson Place of Wonder")
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"Rachel Carson Place of Wonder" at 10620 S. Dunmoor Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20901
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While we are excited to repurpose this space to benefit the public and share Carson's ideas, we recognize the important contributions continuing to be made by the Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance, headquartered at the Rachel Carson House. To support RCLA, please visit https://rachelcarsonlandmarkalliance.org/support-rcla/.
Extensive native gardens along the perimeter of the parking lot and around the building, with wheelchair-accessible pathways. and interpretation conveying the importance of each plant to our local ecosystem.
A wheelchair-accessible overlook near the building along the 'torrent and gorge' section of the NW Branch of the Anacostia River, allowing for all visitors to safely experience the beauty and dynamism of the natural features of the Fall Zone and also providing a potential space for small private ceremonies.
A safety fence along Colesville Road
Small pump house (repurpose TBD)
Entry atrium: Information and welcome center; Exhibit focused on the land of Burnt Mills, specifically the history of the Nacotchtank/Anacostan people and perspectives of the Piscataway tribes today; an elevator making each floor of the building accessible to all visitors.
First floor: Interactive, sensory-diverse exhibits designed to inspire awe for nature and sense of wonder for all ages focused on two major themes: 1) Welcoming visitors to backyard nature identification (birdsong, trees, and more) and 2) Fundamental elements of ecology highlighting nature’s interconnections, as well as its patterns and cycles.
Second floor: Exhibit focused on the land of Burnt Mills and the Anacostia Watershed focused on the history of the Nacotchtank/Anacostan people and perspectives of the Piscataway tribes
Traditional exhibits focused on 1) an exploration of Carson's works (including Baltimore Sun articles, U.S. FWS publications, writings on 'wonder,' and books Under the Sea-Wind, The Sea Around Us, The Edge of the Sea, and Silent Spring), her community of local naturalists and acclaimed writers, and her life in the region and 2) a celebration of other local scientists and nature writers & artists (featuring changing subjects and traveling exhibits)
Third floor: Quiet reading and work space; Venue for community meetings.