Spotlight on Stewardship of the Natural World: Terry Tempest Williams Addresses Millbrook Community

Millbrook was thrilled to welcome naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, Terry Tempest Williams to campus from April 21-22.

Ms. Williams addressed the community as part of our annual forum series and the 2016-2017 academic spotlight of stewardship of our natural world, as well as joined us for Earth Day.

Her speech covered many topics in relation to our natural world, including the history of the creation of state and federal parks in the United States, which she fondly refers to as “public lands,” and short stories about her experiences with nature. A dynamic speaker, she also invited audience members to share their experiences with nature throughout her community address.

"You know the privilege that you have, and there is a burden and blessing that comes with that. What’s at stake is our future,” said Terry Tempest Williams about the urgency to protect our environment and public lands. She urged Millbrook students to take action if they feel passionate about the issue of protecting our public lands saying, “you are so much more powerful than you know.”

The community responded to the forum with a standing ovation, and the on the following day, Earth Day, Terry Tempest Williams participated in classroom discussions, went on a nature walk throughout our 800-acre campus with Environmental Science students, and also took a tour of the Trevor Zoo.

Stewardship of our natural world has been one of Millbrook’s core values since the inception of the school, and Terry Tempest Williams’ visit could not have been more appropriate in timing. The sharing of her experiences and time were invaluable additions not only to our Earth Day celebrations and 2016-2017 academic spotlight, but also to our overall community efforts to remain steadfast in our mission of caring for our environment. 

View photos from Terry Tempest Williams' visit in our online photo gallery.