On Tour: 2018 in Retrospect

What a year it has been!

As our 17th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to a close, and we prepare our touring films and resources to travel the country and beyond, we also want to look back and acknowledge the incredible work that was done in 2018, and thank our fantastic tour hosts around the world for bringing Wild & Scenic to their communities!

We were blown away to see how the tour grew in 2018. Our event number expanded from 166 events hosted by 112 partners, to 231 events hosted by 155 partners! In fact, 26% of our hosts were first years hosts with us in 2018. With a groundswell of that size, it is our hope that the Wild & Scenic message of inspiring activism and protecting our planet will be heard loud and clear by audiences everywhere. The tour brought about 140 of the best and brightest environmental and adventure films of the year to about 215 communities, with the largest number of events happening in California, Colorado, and Washington.

Wild & Scenic films showcase the beauty of our deserts, mountains, forests, watersheds, oceans, and highlight the responsibility we carry to protect them. Together, with our On Tour Hosting Organizations, we create vital platforms for these messages to be broadcast. It is our Tour Hosts though, who unite their communities to be forces for change. Wild & Scenic Tour Hosts range from nonprofit organizations to colleges to church groups. Every one of their events inspires new people and builds community ties. Their audiences become activists who together are a catalyst for major change.  As they make shifts, they inspire others to do the same. Wild & Scenic On Tour Hosts attracted an average of 211 attendees per event, gathered contact information for outreach purposes from 63% of their audiences, and raised an average of $3,968- a record high! This outreach and fundraising helps each On Tour Host grow their member base and community reach for local grassroots causes. With so many first-year hosts, this number is truly impressive.

Hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is without a doubt a fantastic evening of phenomenal films, but it’s also about making a connection. The content of the films allows the audience to think, laugh, and feel something. These are the moments and connections that we need, now more than ever. We all need compassion, education and inspiration for our own community, the environment and the greater world around us. This film festival encompasses all of that opportunity and I am so thankful to provide this event to our people.   – Jennah Stillman, Corvallis Environmental  Center


2018 also saw the advent of an exciting new On Tour program! We have introduced our Feature Length Film series, and are going to continue this program in 2019. If existing hosts want to screen feature-length films as part of their event, or at any time during the year, we have a library now of 10 feature length WSFF Official Selections that are waiting to travel as far and wide as our short films!

Overall, we are stoked to see where the tour can grow from here. With cutting edge new films being created every year, hosts expanding and getting creative with their events, and the environmental movement needing inspiration and action now more than ever, we are dedicated to making this program successful, are thrilled to look back on a fantastic year of touring events, and want to take a minute to thank our hosting organizations- Thank you!

Alabama Rivers Alliance
Allegheny College
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Alta Community Enrichment
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Assateague Coastal Trust
Avalon Theatre
Bayou Land Conservancy
Bioneers Conference
BLM Motherlode Field Office
Blue Mountain Land Trust
Blue River Watershed Association
Butler County Metro Parks
CSU – Chico
Calvin College
Cascadia Wildlands
CCL Alameda Chapter
CCL Homer AK & Kachemak Bay Conservation
Central Coast State Parks Association
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Citizens Environmental Coalition
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
College of the Atlantic
Corvallis Environmental Cntr
Darmariscotta River Association
Dickinson College Outing Club
Downeast Salmon Federation
Eagle River Watershed Council
Earth Rebirth
East Tennessee State
Eastern Washington University
eNRG Kayaking
Environmental Council of Sacramento
Evanston Environmental Assoc
Farmington River Watershed Assoc.
Florida Trail Association
For the Love of Water Europe
Friends of Black Rock High Rock
Friends of Boundary Waters Wilderness
Friends of Butte Creek
Friends of Casco Bay
Friends of Nevada Wilderness
Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks
Friends of the Kaw
Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument
Friends of the Napa River
Friends of the Rappahannock
Friends of the River
Friends of the Verde River
Gallatin Wildlife Association & NRDC
Gateway to Nature
Gila Conservation
Glen Canyon Natural History Assoc
Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery
Greater Arkansas River Nature Ass.
Greenspace Inc.
Grune Liga (Green League)
Halau Ku Mana
Harmony Health Medical Clinic
Harpeth Conservancy
Haw River Assembly
High Country Conservation Center
Idaho Chapter Sierra Club
Idaho Rivers United
Inland Empire Waterkeeper
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Kansas Alliance for Wetlands & Stream
Kenai Watershed Forum
Kentucky Conservation Comm
Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Kern River Conservancy
Kettle Range Conservation Group
Kootenai Environmental Alliance
Larimer County Corps
Little Miami Conservancy & Loveland Canoe
Lost Coast Interpretive Assoc.
Midcoast Conservancy
Middle Colorado Watershed Council
Missouri River Relief
Mono Lake Foundation
Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center
Mountain Area Preservation
Musconetcong Watershed Association
New Hampshire Rivers Council
North Columbia Environmental Society
North Columbia Schoolhouse
Northern Alaska Environmental Center
Northern Plains Resource Council
Obed Watershed Community Assoc.
Ohio River Foundation
Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Churc
Oregon Natural Desert Assoc.
Pack Rat Outdoor Center
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Trust
Pennsylvania Resources Council
Phillips Exeter Academy
Plumas County Arts Commission
Plymouth State University
Powder River Basin Resource Council
Prairie Rivers Network
Protect American River Canyons (PARC)
Red Wing Environmental Learning Center
River Alliance of Wisconsin
River Network
River Revitalization Foundation
Rivers & Lands Conservancy
Rock Creek Conservancy
Rocky Mountain Wild
Rogue Riverkeeper
Rosa 4 Rockland
Salmon Arts Council
San Antonio River Authority
San Juan Citizens Alliance
Science North
Seatuck Environmental Association
Shore Rivers
Sierra Nevada Alliance
Sisters St. Francis Philly Red Hill Farm
Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
Snake River Fund
Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire
Spokane Riverkeeper
St. Croix River
St. Martins University
Takshanuk Watershed Council
The Backpacker/CCA Baton Rouge
Trail Creek Outfitters
Trees Columbus
Trinity Episcopal Church
Trout Unlimited Klamath Falls
Trout Unlimited South Coast Cut. Chapter
Tuolumne River Film Festival
UC Merced
Upper Missiquoi & Trout Rivers W&S Commit
Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust
Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Ventura Land Trust
Vermont Natural Resources Council
Virginia Commonwealth University
Visions of the Wild
Viva Farms
Washington Water Trust
Westfield River Watershed Association
Wet Planet Whitewater
Wild Virginia
Wildsight Creston
Wildsight Golden
Wildsight Invermere
Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook
Willamette Riverkeeper
WSFF- San Francisco
WWALS Watershed Coalition


Going On Tour
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. Over the past 12 years, it has evolved into the largest environmental film festival of its kind in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 150 cities. Each tour stop is an opportunity for an organization to reach out into their community and bring people together around community-based activism. We offer a diverse menu of environmental films that delve into themes such as energy, climate change, conservation, wildlife, community activism, environmental justice, and adventure. Each venue custom builds their own film program to include issues they want to spotlight. Plus, we provide PR materials and a comprehensive planning guide. As an environmental group who has experienced amazing success with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we want to share our success with other organizations to create a network connected by a common goal – to use film to inspire activism!

For more information about Wild & Scenic On Tour, please contact Theresa at (530) 265-5961 x 204 or via email.