Join us for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the Science Center on September 14th and 15th in Avon!
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is celebrating its 10th year with a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA! Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. “Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” says Tour Manager, Lori Van Laanen. “In our busy lives, it’s easy to get disconnected from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us we can start making a difference. Come watch and see!”
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake celebrates SYRCL’s landmark victory to earn “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999. The 3-day event features over 100 award-winning films and welcomes over 100 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. The home festival kicks-off the national tour to over 100 communities nationwide allowing SYRCL to share their success as an environmental group with other organizations. Building a network of grassroots organizations, they are connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism. With the support of their National Partners: Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Osprey Packs, Sierra Nevada Brewing and Mother Jones, the festival reaches an even larger audience in tour venues coast to coast.
Support from Patagonia will enable Walking Mountains to hold the film festival at our Center this year! Films on tour will feature topics such as the impact of plastic, the education of “today’s child”, land ethics and 21st century ecological challenges, impact of the mountain pine beetle, and more. The event at Walking Mountains will also offer plenty of activities for adults and kids alike. Saturday’s event will include a family fun fair with outdoor (weather permitting) kids films, science experiment stations, food, and family fun.
Adult program highlights include Mother Nature’s Child and Green Fire films. Mother Nature’s Child is an extension of the discussion sparked by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, offering a thought provoking overview of the benefits of unstructured outdoor play, risk-taking, the use of technology and what it means to educate the “whole child”. Green Fire is a film about Aldo Leopold, conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. The film provocatively examines Leopold’s thinking, renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges. Kids will be inspired by Nico’s Challenge, a film cataloguing the journey of a 13 year old boy who climbs Kilimanjaro on one leg raising money to bring wheelchairs to handicapped people in Tanzania. To see the full film program or purchase tickets, please visit www.wildandscenicvail.com.
This festival is a natural extension of Walking Mountain’s work to inspire environmental stewardship through natural science education. The Science Center focuses on improving science literacy among the students in Eagle County, CO, providing innovative science and environmental education programs for adults and families, and involving members of the community in fun and educational activities such as the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Our exhibit hall is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm with free entrance. For more information about Walking Mountains events, please visit www.walkingmountains.org.
Date and Time:
9/14 – Doors open at 6:30pm and shows start at 7pm
9/15 – Kids Program and Family Fun Fair starts at 5pm, adult programming starts at 7pm
Location Address: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon CO
Ticket Prices: $10 Adult programs, $5 Kids
Tickets can be purchased at Walking Mountains or online at: www.wildandscenicvail.com
For more information: Contact Kristen Belschner, firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 827-9725 x113