Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Virtual!

Friday, December 4, 2020 

7:00-9:00pm PST
Virtual lobby open at 6:30pm
$35 per household
Watch Online!
All ages welcome

Pepperwood is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the acclaimed Wild & Scenic Film Festival this year, as a live virtual event! We invite you to spend the evening with us from the comfort of your home, for a lineup of inspiring environmental films for the whole family. Join us to experience 14 short films which share diverse perspectives of people who love our wild places, and how connection leads to conservation.

All proceeds from this event benefit Pepperwood’s Inspiring Connections with Nature Initiative and education programs. The purpose of the Inspiring Connections with Nature Initiative is to connect people to nature and inspire a lifelong conservation ethic through exploration, observation, science, and artistic expression. With the vital support of our donors like you, Pepperwood makes environmental education affordable, accessible, and a whole lot of fun!

During the event, you’ll learn more from our staff about our work through the Inspiring Connections with Nature Initiative, including outreach with our Indigenous community with Clint McKay, Pepperwood’s Indigenous Education Coordinator and Native Advisory Council Chair. You’ll also have the opportunity to chat with Pepperwood staff and fellow community members through an interactive chat room – sign on early during the virtual lobby time beginning at 6:30pm to say hello!

Ticketing Information:

$35 – General Admission: Viewing access for your entire household included. This ticket enters you for a chance to win our giveaway package! The giveaway includes one private guided hike at Pepperwood for up to 10 people, as well as a swag bag including goodies from Pepperwood and Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s National Partners (see below).

$360 – General Admission + Private Guided Hike: (Limited Quantity!) Viewing access for your entire household for the film festival, PLUS a private guided hike at Pepperwood for your group of up to 10 people! This deal offers a promotional price for the hike, led by one of our expert naturalists. If you purchase this ticket, our staff will contact you to share further details and to schedule your hike date. (If weather or COVID restrictions interfere with your hike date, rescheduling or refunds will be an option). Learn more about our private guided hikes here: Learning Landscapes

At both ticket levels, if you can’t join us for the live event, your registration grants you viewing access from 7:00pm on 12/4/2020 through 11:59pm PST on 12/5/2020.

Register Here!

GA Giveaway Details: The lucky person will be chosen randomly, and will be notified on Monday, December 7th, 2020. At that time, we will coordinate with the winner for the details of their private hike, as well as the pick-up or delivery of the gifts.

Shows giveaway gear items including tote bag, hat, insulated tumbler and mug, and sling bag.


In addition to a hike and gear, our giveaway now includes a signed copy of the book Tree, by Melina Sempill Watts! “Tree is a novel about a tree written from a unique point of view: the chief narrator is a tree…come to know one California live oak whose 229 years span the evolution of four human civilizations, Chumash, Spanish/Mexican, Yankee and new money Hollywood, which each leave their mark upon the landscape and upon Tree…”



Wild & Scenic Film Festival is organized and produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), and supported by their National Partners:


For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Specialist, at hgistelli@pepperwoodpreserve.org.

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Film Lineup

Discover the films we will be screening for this year’s event (listed alphabetically)

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.


Fighting Fire With Fire
In an effort to restore the role of Native people as land stewards and mitigate the threat of wildfires, UC-Davis professor Beth Rose Middleton Manning fires up a hands-on lesson in cultural burning. Tribal Chairman Ron Goode leads students in an immersive experience preparing the land, igniting the fire, and carrying out indigenous traditions that have restored California landscapes for centuries.


I am public lands
Being a veteran who continues to battle with frequent PTSD is exhausting; so Soul River Inc. is bringing both diverse youth and veterans into the natural resource conversations centered around environmental challenges. Soul River youth of diverse backgrounds learn at an early age that they can form their own opinions about public land, while escaping the city for a long weekend in the wild Ochoco mountains.


In Celebration of Open Space
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park pursues collaborative solutions to critical environmental problems through discovery and learning. In 2018, we worked with organizations and volunteers from Maine, the United States, and more than 19 different countries to enhance our understanding of the land and seascapes of Acadia National Park and surrounding areas. After volunteers spent time outside walking, observing, and recording data, we asked, what does open space mean to you?


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.





Insect Guardian – Butterfly Paradise
82-year-old Willem bought a remote potato farm field back in 1980 and transformed it into a butterfly paradise. For almost 40 years, he has worked the land with shovel and scythe in order to preserve the butterflies. Willem’s paradise has become one of the most important habitats in the region for these fluttering beauties. But Willem has a problem. Due to an overload of nitrogen in the air, Willem’s flower-rich butterfly paradise gets slowly driven away by a monoculture of grass. Butterflies that used to be common just a few decades ago are rare these days or have completely disappeared.


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 is the real paradise is inside us and lies in the harmony and unity of everything alive?



Love, Trails, & Dinosaurs
This heartwarming film tells the story of the first person with autism to hike every trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Garan Moore. His mother, Theresa, shares their story of a journey for weight loss that developed into a passion for hiking – and 900 miles later…one historic achievement.



Meadows – Yosemite Nature Notes
Yosemite National Park has over 3,000 meadows, which hold the greatest diversity of plant and animal species despite only making up 3% of the park. In just the past 150 years, people have negatively impacted these fragile ecosystems. Yosemite National Park, with the help of Yosemite Conservancy, is working hard to rehabilitate these meadows that are an important part of the park’s natural and cultural history.



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.



Rocky Intertidal Zones (Oregon)
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.




There’s Something in the Water
“There’s two kinds of lakes in the South: them that’s got Giant Salvinia and them that’s about to have Giant Salvinia.” Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas, but its delicate eco-system is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable invasive species of floating fern: Giant Salvinia. There’s Something in the Water is an 8-minute animated documentary featuring interviews with people who live and work on the lake, demonstrating the damage that has been caused, and how everyone can work together to try and fix it.


Wild Possibilities
This film highlights unique conservation efforts of 5 different land trusts in Oregon to help show and explain their value to their local communities.





Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy
With an endless supply of fruit snacks, plenty of extra underwear and a pile of old photographs, two parents set out to retrace the route of an old adventure, this time with a two-year-old in tow, hoping to inspire the next generation to care about wild places.

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Friday, December 4, 2020  7:00-9:00pm PST Virtual lobby open at 6:30pm $35 per household Watch Online! All ages welcome Pepperwood is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the acclaimed Wild & Scenic Film Festival this year, as a live virtual event! We invite you to spend the evening with us from the comfort […]