On Tour

Sidebar By The NumsThe South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL, pronounced ‘circle’) started the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January 2003 to promote community building within the Yuba Watershed as well as a way to explore environmental issues through an exciting and influential medium.

SYRCL is a watershed advocacy group that was started in 1983 by a small group of concerned citizens who banded together to fight against several proposed dams. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of achieving Wild & Scenic status in 1999 for 39 miles of the South Yuba River. After twenty-eight years, thousands of supporters and 700 active volunteers later, SYRCL is one of the largest single-river organizations in the nation and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind in the United States. January’s annual 5-day event features over 110 award-winning films, plus speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement.

The tour allows SYRCL to share their success with other environmental groups nationwide. It is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal – to use film to inspire activism. The festival’s national partners have joined together to support this campaign. By showing the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival to diverse audiences across the country, we collectively want to inspire more individuals to take environmental action.

Taking the festival “On Tour”

One year after the inaugural festival in 2003, environmental groups started asking SYRCL to bring the festival to their community. Years later, the tour continues to develop as an effective tool for bringing a community together around local and global issues in a venue where environmental groups are able to help new activists take action. Whether depicting the struggle for environmental justice or an educational tale about an endangered species, the films expose people to forward-thinking ideas and global awareness. We want the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to be as big as success for other communities as it has been for our own and in doing so inspire a sense of activism which the festival promotes. Learn how to bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to your town.



River Alliance WI Tour Testimonial Image

“The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour is a great outreach event for the River Alliance of Wisconsin. It helps us introduce new individuals to what we do and what we are passionate about – saving rivers. This year we “passed a boot” [for] people to donate to the River Alliance – we made $4,000!”

River Alliance of Wisconsin

Loxahatchee Tour Testimonial Image

“The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a tremendous way to educate the public about how fragile our earth really is and that caring for it is all our responsibility. The success of the first year spilling over into this year was wonderful. All year long we had folks who attended the first year begging us to host it again.”

Loxahatchee River Historical Society

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“The staff at Wild and Scenic make the event so easy for the On Tour hosts. All I had to do was watch some incredible films, create a program and do a little marketing to put together a fun, successful event. I will be taking advantage of this incredible resource for years to come.”

Middle Colorado Watershed Council