What’s better than snuggling up under a blanket watching films that portray the beauty of our natural world? How about adding a blanket of stars, a craft beer, and a community of fellow nature and adventure lovers?
On Saturday, Jan. 25, FCV Education Fund will be tabling and speaking at the 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville! This is a not-to-be missed event that brings together powerful films, engaging speakers, and organizations that are working to protect wild places and increase access to recreation for everyone.
Film has a unique ability to move us. It transports us to faraway places and reminds us of the wonders in our own backyards.
As a conservation advocate, I especially connect with the mission of the festival which is to illustrate the challenges facing our planet and the work that communities are doing to protect the environment and places we love.
As an avid hiker and paddler, I rely on access to parks, trails, and waterways. My first long-distance hike was in high school during a 10-day backpacking trip along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and other trails in Tennessee and North Carolina. Since that trip, I’ve hiked hundreds of miles in the US and abroad.
Hikers in Florida are especially lucky. Totaling approximately 1,300 miles, the Florida National Scenic Trail is one of only 11 trails nationwide to receive the “National Scenic” designation. It offers access to Florida’s natural beauty and some of our best conservation areas. There are still gaps in the trail which can only be completed through additional investments in conservation. Fully funding the Florida Forever program is a necessary first step.
Your attendance on Saturday will also help, as all proceeds of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival go to support the Florida Trail Association and the U.S. Forest Service’s efforts to complete the Florida Trail, close gaps through long-range planning, and pursue acquisition and agreements for long term protection of the Trail corridor.
I hope to see you at the festival. Please stop by our FCVEF table, enjoy a Florida Trail Ale, and join me in celebrating wild and scenic places around the world!
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Saturday, January 25th from 5-10 p.m.
Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, FL
Want to volunteer with me? Contact me before 3 p.m. on Saturday at [email protected]