Thank you, Santa Fe, for making our inaugural Watershed Fest such a fun and rewarding series of events. We appreciate all the ways you got involved and look forward to more opportunities to work and play together soon!

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Join SFWA for an informative and participatory series of events celebrating the health and vibrancy of our local watershed, and others. A curated selection of films features hopeful examples of protection and restoration, filmmaker talks, and calls to action.

Schedule of Events:

        • Monday, August 28, 6-8pm @ CCA 1050 Old Pecos Trail

          Screening of Acequias: The Legacy Lives On followed by a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker Arcie Chapa and others. By donation. 

        • Thursday, September 7, 6:30-9pm @ Violet Crown 1606 Alcaldesa St in the Santa Fe Railyard

          Wild and Scenic Festival On Tour! Film tickets are $15. (Includes 5 days of video-on-demand.) Limited capacity reception with film makers 5:30-6:30pm, $25 includes food and one free drink. Combo, films and reception $40. **See below for film descriptions and to purchase tickets.**

        • Saturday, September 16, 9:00am – 12:00am, Community Clean-up and Art Party. La Farge Library/Arroyo de los Pinos

          Join your friends and neighbors in cleaning up your local arroyo and learn how to make art from the trash treasures you find. Free. All ages.

Wild and Scenic Festival On Tour Line up of inspiring environmental films sharing hopeful examples of protection and restoration of biodiverse wild places, while contemplating certain trade-offs.

  • Yuba is the Heart – Forty years ago, the South Yuba River Citizens League began caring for the South Yuba River by advocating for dam removal and gaining Wild and Scenic protection. Today, their work encompasses the entire Yuba River watershed – from the Sierra crest to the valley floor. As the organization looks towards the next forty years, community members reflect on the future of their work in the face of climate change and protecting the river for future generations. Posed as a love letter to the river and the community that surrounds it, Yuba is the Heart considers what it means to love and be loved by a river.
  • High Plains Wild – This film shows the lingering wild found in western Nebraska–caught on camera by two local conservation photographers. Also, a look into the natural history of bighorn sheep in western Nebraska and the ongoing efforts by biologists and researchers dedicated to keeping these bighorn sheep populations around for years to come.
  • Motus Avium: A Mission to Save California’s Last Wetlands California’s wetlands have all but disappeared. But not all hope is lost. A coalition of scientists, farmers, conservationists and public agencies have come together to help restore vital wetlands throughout the state’s central valley. Motus Avium: A Mission to Save California’s Last Wetlands reveals how this group is finding unique ways to help support native and migratory birds. What may surprise you is how this group is capturing and studying these wild birds while working with farmers to create new wetland habitat.
  • Song of the Hermit The hermit thrush’s song has been a magical part of a visit to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Researcher Allison R.P. Nelson and collaborators are working to better understand the subspecies that breeds along coastal California and identify impacts that the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex Fire had on the park’s population of thrushes.
  • Green the City – As pastor of the New Northside Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, the Reverend Rodrick Burton champions many causes — including renewable energy. Meanwhile, St. Louis Sustainability Director Catherine Werner pushes for energy efficiency and solar workforce programs that support underserved communities. Explore how these efforts come together to help a coal-powered city emerge as an environmental leader.
  • Sagebrush Gold – A lithium mine being built in Nevada’s remote sagebrush desert promises us a greener future, but local ranchers, environmentalists, and indigenous tribes share a different side to the story.
  • Tad’s Emerging World- Glen Canyon Exposed – Glen Canyon is a hidden treasure of the Southwest and is now emerging. This epic landscape is under a failing reservoir called Lake Powell from the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963. Photographer, Dawn Kish, is going on an adventure to explore and document this exposed landscape with a camera that captured Glen Canyon pre-dam by the legendary photographer, Tad Nichols. What will develop?