The Rachel Carson Homestead is the birthplace and childhood home of ecologist Rachel Carson (1907-1964), whose 1962 best-seller Silent Spring helped launch the modern environmental movement. Born in this five-room farmhouse, Rachel Carson`s childhood here in southwestern Pennsylvania nurtured a love and respect for nature and natural things which would guide her the rest of her life. Silent Spring warned of the dangers of indiscriminate pesticide use and established Rachel Carson as one of the most important and influential environmental activists in history. The Rachel Carson Homestead Association, a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization, was formed in 1975 to preserve and restore Rachel Carson`s birthplace and to provide environmental education programs which advance her environmental ethic. Today, the Homestead offers guided tours of the house and grounds, environmental education classes, school and outreach programs, and also serves as an international resource for information about Rachel Carson`s life and work.