Wild & Scenic Film Festival Virtual Education Program
Main Street Pops presents a Wild & Scenic Virtual Educational Program for schools and families. These engaging and inspiring “Virtual Field Trips” will educate K-12 children about both the beauty and the threats to their natural world, and inspire them to become active participants in creating climate change solutions. It is their future!!
These difficult times have created uncertainty, making it challenging to create alternate and flexible school and community programming that can change as the circumstances do.
Solution: Virtual Programming!
As communities grapple with creating enriching and meaningful online programming during these uncertain times, this collection of short films offers educational “virtual field trip” experiences while many extracurricular activities are limited.
- Flexible– Can experience together as allowed in classroom or virtually at home — accompanied by remote discussions.
- Viewed as a one-day activity or broken up over five days
- Affordable– $10.00 for individual tickets ~ $4.00 per child for school groups
How the Virtual Education Program Works
Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires environmental activism and a love for nature-through film. Main Street Pops has partnered with The Wild and Scenic National Tour to present virtual film programming designed to educate the next generation.
- Representation Matters:
Diversity Education exploring Environmental Justice
(curated for middle & upper school level)
- Environmental Education:
Uplifting and inspiring films that celebrate our Earth
(curated separately for elementary, middle or HS level
Wild & Scenic has created a film-specific, standards-based curriculum for participating educators for further classroom enrichment. These learning experiences are meant to spark intellectual and cultural connectivity while promoting the overarching value of the arts to society. Youth and teens explore the nature of creativity in all its forms through encounters designed to hone critical thinking skills while shaping their understanding of the world.
Schools Will Be Provided With The Following
- Curated Film Blocks appropriate by age level
- Teacher curriculum Tools, providing thoughtful discussion topics ,writing assignments and recycled art projects curated by age level.
- Programming to be viewed in segments or in one viewing throughout the school week via a Video-On-Demand link
- The link will be made available for 5-days so educators can review and share in the classroom or virtually at home.
Program One- “Representation Matters”
Exploring the intersection of Social Justice and The Environmental Movement
Location: A Virtual, Remote, Group Learning Experience
- Environmental Racism has occurred throughout history, and our society is finally confronting it. The overarching goal of this program is to use these films to inspire activism by increasing our understanding of the intersectionality between social justice and the environmental movement.
- This curated program highlights how “Representation Matters” in environmental activism. This age-appropriate program for Middle and High School students is accompanied by film-specific, standards-based lessons for classroom enrichment.
Representation Matters – Official Film Selections
Running Time: Approximately two hours
- A New View of the Moon 3
Become reacquainted with awe alongside strangers interacting with a telescope trained on the moon. Watch as Wylie Overstreet takes a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon, reinforcing the premise that we are all co-habitants of the same Earth.
- Brotherhood of Skiing 10
Formed in 1973 during the height of the black power movement, the National Brotherhood of Skiers organization is dedicated to overcoming barriers to create a welcoming space for people of color on the slopes and supporting black youth in snowsports. Today, the NBS hosts the largest gathering of black skiers in the United States and represents 53 ski clubs with over 3,000 members across the country.
- Detroit Hives 6
East Detroit urban beekeepers Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple working to bring diversity to the field of beekeeping and create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity. Detroit ranks fourth in the United States for the most vacant housing lots so to address this issue, Detroit Hives has been purchasing vacant lots and converting them into buzzing bee farms. Detroit Hives explores the importance of bringing diversity to beekeeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time.
- Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco 8
Bayview-Hunters Point in Southeast San Francisco has been on the front lines of the environmental justice movement since the 1940s. This short documentary film follows three environmental youth leaders who are changing the world, starting with their own neighborhood.
- The Accidental Environmentalist: Catherine Flowers 10
A mosquito bite decades ago leads Catherine Coleman Flowers on her life's journey. This captivating film brings viewers into the world of Flowers, an Alabama activist who became passionate about the environment when she found out that tropical diseases, like hookworm, were showing up in her community because of sewage treatment problems. Her journey to solve problems at the intersection of poverty, climate change, and politics has taken her from the Alabama Black Belt to Washington, D.C., Switzerland and back.
- Station 15 15
High school student and poet, Chasity Hunter experienced intense flooding in her New Orleans neighborhood during both Hurricane Katrina and recent summer rainstorms. Inspired to find out how safe her city really is, she investigates its infrastructure and questions water experts, finding her own voice along the way.
- A Letter to Congress 3
Wallace Stegner's 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage-- our public lands-- to private and corporate interests.
- From Darkness to Light 13
Life is challenging for women in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania made up of numerous islands where half the population lives below the poverty line. Mothers and grandmothers in Zanzibar are becoming solar engineers thanks to training from Barefoot College -so they can bring electricity to their villages where previously they relied on paraffin.
- This Land 13
Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now she's running 150 miles through three National Monuments that lie in the thick of the controversy around United States public lands.
- Our National Parks belong to everyone. So why are they so white? 5
Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. As the broader conservation movement continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion, many worry that things will get worse. Learn about the troubling history of public lands and meet the conservationists of color trying to change the parks' future.
- The Hammocks 27
While an early generation of climbers was summiting Everest and enjoying Yosemite's spectacular beauty in the 1950s, Africans Americans couldn't gain access to beaches in America. The Hammocks tells the story of a defiant friendship between Dr. Williams Sharpe and African American outdoorsman John Hurst. The friendship itself was an act of resistance and the subsequent story of a coastal Barrier Island's journey to its place as a pristine Jewel on North Carolina's Coast is surely inspiring. This is a story of how African Americans asserted their rights not only to open school lunch counters and public spaces, but also recreational wild places.
- Words Have Power 6
Ten-year-old Jaysa's dynamic speeches at rallies and city hall catalyze her community against the coal-fired power plant that causes her asthma - and they succeed in shutting it down. Evoking social justice and environmental racism, she wonders why so many such plants are put in her neighborhood. The film's wonderful soundtrack is provided by her father, a reggae musician.
Program Two- “Environmental Education”
Uplifting and inspiring films that celebrate our Earth for all kids
Location: A Virtual, Remote, Group Learning Experience
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s School Program presents film programming to help students to learn about their world, inspiring environmental activism and a love for nature-through film. Wild & Scenic shares an urgent call to action, encouraging students of all ages to learn more about what they can do to save our threatened planet.
Three carefully selected, age-appropriate programs are accompanied by film-specific, standards-based lessons for classroom enrichment.
Environmental Education – Official Film Selections
K-4 Program – Running Time: Approximately 44 minutes
- Land without Evil
Throughout history, people have always been searching for a perfect place. This short film, based on Guaraní mythology (Tierra sin mal), offers another point of view on paradise: what if the real paradise is inside us and lies in the harmony and unity of everything alive?
- Raccoon and the Light
A raccoon finds a flashlight in the woods.
- A Bird in the Hand
Birds amaze us with flight, song, and beauty, but their abundance in North America has declined by almost a third in the past 50 years. A team of committed volunteers is working together at Empire Mine State Historic Park to understand local songbird populations and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.
Every day (and, we mean every day) you can see Daniel riding his bike along Highway 50. And, while he's out there, he's picking up trash and doing his part to make the Lake Tahoe area better for everyone.
- Wave Hands Like Clouds
Suspended in the airy expanse between heaven and Earth, highliners walk a thin, wiggly piece of nylon webbing that's been rigged between two points, very high up. 'Wave Hands Like Clouds' is an ode to finding focus and balance in a moment of exposed vulnerability that leaves the viewer breathless.
- DreamRide III
Mike Hopkins' epic journey through a magical world comes to an end in the final chapter of the DreamRide trilogy.
- Where the Wild things Keep Playing
An ode to the athlete who relishes in getting dirty, who chuckles after a long day in the mountains, effortlessly glides through the crystal clear waves and most importantly, is unapologetic in pursuing their love of getting rowdy in adventures.
- Rocky Intertidal Zones
Filmed on the stunning Oregon Coast, this short film follows a 7-year-old boy as he explores rocky intertidal zones. Prehistoric creatures and art materials further inspire musings about ancient and present day life.
- Every Nine Minutes
Every nine minutes, the weight of a blue whale (300,000 pounds) in plastic makes its way into our ocean. To call attention to this, the Monterey Bay Aquarium built a life-sized replica of a blue whale made of single-use, locally sourced plastic trash. Certified by Guinness World Records, the whale is the largest sculpture of its kind ever built.
- Kids Speak on Plastic Pollution
What do kids think about the growing problem of plastic pollution? Our students explore young perspectives on plastic pollution causes, impacts, and solutions through interviews with Maui kids ages five through ten.
- Bring Your Own
Inspired by the popular OMI song "Cheerleader", this musical parody set to a student-written song, highlights the importance of 'bringing your own' in the fight against plastic pollution.
5th – 8th Grade Program – Running Time: Approximately 50 minutes
- In Your Hands
Visceral imagery, emotional score, and a powerful speech by John F. Kennedy underscore a timeless theme: we come from the sea. 'In Your Hands' invites viewers to look inward and rediscover our connection with - and responsibility to - the natural world.
- Green Gone
This infomercial parody made by Maui youth pokes fun at the overuse of pesticides and herbicides and the psychology used to market them.
- See Animals
This short, animated film shows unwelcome changes in an uncertain future.
- Blooming Culture
Fourth-grade students from Palouse Prairie Charter School (PPCS) in Idaho share their experience building Blooming Culture, a canoe that combines European and Indigenous styles. Students and traditional canoe families paddle together to acknowledge the colonization of indigenous peoples and celebrate our hopes for a continued confluence of cultures. Avery Caudill is a PPCS graduate and made this film in his transition from high school to college.
- Mi Mamá
Nadia Mercado grew up in a working-class community with her single mother, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, and three sisters. In this film, Nadia recounts the ways that her mother helped shape the woman she is today: a cardiac nurse, an outdoor athlete, and a woman who is dedicated to helping the Latinx and POC outdoor communities.
- Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco
Bayview-Hunters Point in Southeast San Francisco has been on the front lines of the environmental justice movement since the 1940s. This short documentary film follows three environmental youth leaders who are changing the world, starting with their own.
- Last Wild Places: Gorongosa
For 15 years, Mozambique was engulfed in a brutal civil war that devastated human and wildlife populations alike. Now, in part by focusing on empowering and educating women, Gorongosa National Park has become a model of successful conservation efforts. In this short film, follow elephant expert Dominique Gonçalves as she shares the powerful ways the park is working with local communities and gaining a new generation of brave women rangers and scientists.
- Words Have Power
Ten-year-old Jaysa's dynamic speeches at rallies and city hall catalyze her community against the coal-fired power plant that causes her asthma - and they succeed in shutting it down. Evoking social justice and environmental racism, she wonders why so many such plants are put in her neighborhood. The film's wonderful sound track is provided by her father, a reggae musician.
- Nature Now
Made with no flights, recycled footage, and zero net carbon. Given away for free. Viewed 53 million times, played to the United Nations. This film is a personal and passionate call to arms from Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot to use nature to heal our broken climate.
High School Program – Running Time: Approximately 48 minutes
- Detroit Hives
East Detroit urban beekeepers Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple working to bring diversity to the field of beekeeping and create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity. Detroit ranks fourth in the United States for the most vacant housing lots with well over 90,000 empty lots to date. In an effort to address this issue, Detroit Hives has been purchasing vacant lots and converting them into buzzing bee farms. 'Detroit Hives' explores the importance of bringing diversity to beekeeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time.
- Homecoming: A Boundary Waters Story
Joe Fairbanks was born and raised in Northern Minnesota. In 'Homecoming,' he travels through the waters where he learned to paddle as a boy. Today, these are some of America's most endangered waters. Joe reflects on his battle with cancer and draws on connections to the landscape for strength and healing to illustrate the importance of nature preservation.
- The Guardian Elephant Warriors of Reteti
Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants. It's a powerful story about the changing relationship between people and the animals they are protecting.
Jon Wilson struggled with the emotions of feeling broken after losing his leg to cancer. Today, crutching up and skiing down mountains at night serves as a backdrop for him to explore, accept, and embrace the idea of 'brokenness,' leading to a more sincere, genuine and honest connection with life.
Shot on the real-life Blackfeet buffalo drive and inspired by a true story, 'Iniskim' follows a young girl's journey from trauma to recovery. By reconnecting with the ancient power of the buffalo, the timeless landscape of her ancestors, and the wisdom of her culture, her life is changed forever.
- Station 15
High school student and poet, Chasity Hunter, experienced intense flooding in her New Orleans neighborhood during both Hurricane Katrina and recent summer rainstorms. Inspired to find out how safe her city really is, she investigates its infrastructure and questions water experts, finding her own voice along the way.