Wild & Scenic is Fun for Youth & Families!

Wild & Scenic for the next generation 

During the week of our flagship festival in Grass Valley and Nevada City, more than 2,000 students from our local and neighboring communities participate in the Wild and Scenic School Program.

We kick things off on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Nevada Union High School’s Don Baggett Theater where students attend a carefully selected, age-appropriate program. On Wednesday, Jan. 16 and Thursday, Jan. 17 students in grades K-8 attend curated programming at The Del Oro Theatre. A big THANK YOU goes out to both of these venues for their generous partnership! 

This year, we’re especially excited to announce The Youth Environmental Sciences (YES) Charter Academy’s film, Wonder Plant Woman vs. The Invasive Plant Monster will be featured in the Wild & Scenic School Program. Since 2008, YES Charter Academy, based in the North Yuba County town of Oregon House, has provided education with an environmental science focus to students in kindergarten through grade 8, focusing on hands-on, experiential learning and project-based units of study.

In addition to film programming, Wild & Scenic creates and shares film-specific, standards-based curriculum packets with participating educators from local elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. This year’s curriculum includes lessons donated by The Museum of Natural and Cultural History, The Africa Lion and Environmental Research Trust, Olympic National Park and The NY Times Social Studies Lesson Plans, Bears Ears Coalition, Bull Frog Films “Standing On Sacred Ground,” and The Northern Arizona University Library- Special Collections and Archives.

Teachers are given a selection of curriculum tools. For example, they can make wildflower seed balls with their students to teach the relationship between plants and insects or study maps to get to know the local watershed.

Our Wild & Scenic education team offers a wide array of free and low-cost programs for audiences throughout our community. We shape learning experiences 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. Families can together enjoy child-friendly films, performances, and hands-on visual arts activities. Wild & Scenic is working to further develop our Youth program in 2019, including our international On Tour Program and Wild Child selection of films for younger audiences.

Our 2019 Wild and Scenic School Program features the following films:

Kindergarten – Grade 4

Unexpected Discoveries
Wonder Plant Woman vs. The Invasive Plant Monster
March of the Newts
Clay Bolt
The Giant
Fire Followers – Yosemite Nature Notes
Meet the Real Wolf
The Last Straw
Help Save the Yuba

Grades 5 – 8

For the Love of Salmon
L’orchestre D’hibernation Animaux – How Animals Hibernate
Outnumbered in Africa
Climbing Out of Disaster
Think Like a Scientist: Renewal

Grades 9 – 12

Our National Parks belong to everyone. So why are they so white?
Girls and Glaciers
Climb-It Change

Want more youth and teen-friendly ways to get involved with Wild & Scenic? We have a full line-up of fun for the whole family!

  • Be sure to get your tickets to 3D Movie Night at the Del Oro Theatre from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17. Or perhaps Saturday Morning Kids Films is more your style. Check out the full schedule of family programming, by visiting our Schedule page. Separate ticket required for these films, so be sure to get yours today!
  • Not to be missed this year: a Youth Poetry Workshop with spoken word artist, Jada Imani. Saturday, from 1:30-3:45pm at Grass Valley Elks Lodge, Lower Level.  Ages 13-17. This program asks: How, as a young person, do you activate your power? How do you use your voice to connect a sense of belonging to the earth and to one another? How do you face uncertainty, together? We’ll craft personal writings from our collective dialogue. Participants can share their work at the Open Mic on Saturday at 4:30pm on the York Street stage, and on Monday at Love Walk 2: A Festival, at Grass Valley Elks Lodge. This is a rare opportunity to work with dynamic spoken word artist Jada Imani.
  • Get inspired by student filmmakers at the Media with a Message: Youth Voices in Environmental Filmmaking workshop on Saturday, Jan 19 from 4pm to 5pm at the Activist Center: Youth filmmakers from Maui Huliau Foundation’s environmental filmmaking program will share a selection of their short environmental films from past years, ranging from documentaries to music videos. Students and staff will discuss what inspired the works, the creation process, and how the projects have been successfully used as part of local environmental campaigns. The Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club works with youth ages 12-18 on the island of Maui to make short environmental films which have been selected 116 times in 23 festivals around the world.

Learn more about Wild & Scenic’s Youth Programming here.