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Watch short environmental films and enjoy snacks, giveaways and raffle prizes

Join Peninsula Open Space Trust and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District as we co-host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind, showcasing the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films. Enjoy these inspiring films and grab free refreshments during intermission while visiting with local environmental groups. We’ll also offer some amazing raffle prizes, courtesy of REI, Patagonia, Sports Basement and more.

The event is free, but please register by ordering tickets below!



  • 6:00 P.M.  Arrive and get settled. Seats are not assigned, so we recommend getting here early! Then, check out our raffle prizes and visit the booths of our sponsors and local environmental groups.
  • 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.  First half of film program
  • 7:30 – 8:00  P.M.  Intermission: Enjoy free refreshments and learn about our event partners.
  • 8:00 – 9:00  P.M.  Second half of film program
  • 9:00 P.M.  Final raffle and event conclusion


About the Film Festival

Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic features award-winning short films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

The festival on May 26 will include Umunhum, the film about local efforts to restore the top of Mt. Umunhum and open it to the public, led by Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in collaboration with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. See more films below!


Raffle Prizes

Thank you to our friends at REI, Patagonia and Sports Basement for providing exciting gift packages that we will raffle off to event attendees before intermission and at the end of the event.

Want an easy win? Sign up for a ticket below and visit any local Sports Basement. Show them your ticket and you’ll receive 20% off! Basementeers will get a stacked 28% off. This Sports Basement promotion is valid from 5/25/19 – 6/2/19.

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At the event itself, we’ll raffle off incredible prizes from our generous partners — from portable duffels, to gift cards, and certificates for outdoor excursions. Want to win? Register and attend!



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The Films

Our festival will include some of the very best and highly acclaimed films that are part of the Wild & Scenic film festival, including. Our film selections focus on themes related to POST and Midpen’s work on public access, sustainable agriculture, as well as protection of natural resources such as forests, wildlife, and water resources. Here is a list of the films we have chosen so far, more to come soon!


Mt Umunhum (pronounced um-un-um) is located in the 18,000 acre Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve managed by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. For thousands of years the Amah Mutsun people lived and prayed on this mountain. In the 1950s, the United States government built the Almaden Air Force Station on the top of Mt Umunhum, an early warning radar station that operated from 1957 to 1980. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District purchased the site from the military in 1986. The District partnered closely with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band on the significant and necessary restoration of this mountain top. Mt Umunhum opened to the public on September 18, 2017.

Wildlife and the Wall

Filmmaker Ben Masters (Unbranded ) goes into the heart of the Big Bend, the last true wilderness in the state of Texas, to consider what effects building a border wall might have on wildlife dispersals, migratory corridors, and access to the Rio Grande, the only water source in a harsh desert environment.

Cowboys & Scientists

Thirty years ago, a partnership between Archbold Biological Station and Buck Island Ranch inspired a new mission: cowboys and scientists working together to advance scientific discovery on a ten thousand acre working cattle ranch in Florida’s Northern Everglades. Bridging this cultural divide has resulted in a series of transformative discoveries that have begun to reshape our misconceptions about agriculture, sustainability, and conservation in the 21st century.

March of the Newts

A Follow one of the forest’s funkiest creatures into a gangly gathering of amphibious affection… and learn how you can help protect these sensitive animals from an emerging disease.

Sky Migrations

Each fall, our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of back country scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.

Blue Carbon

“Blue carbon” is carbon that’s captured and stored by coastal wetlands, helping to mitigate climate change. This film is about mud and the multiple benefits that estuaries provide for us. “You never go into a wetland and just restore one benefit,” says wetlands ecologist John Rybczyk. It improves water quality, provides salmon habitat, protects our shorelines, and also benefits our climate.

Clay Bolt

Clay Bolt is a natural history and conservation photographer for World Wildlife Fund and has been featured in prominent magazines such as National Geographic. Affectionately referred to as the bug guy, Clay explains how and why he focuses on 99% of life on earth that is smaller than your finger.

The Nature of Maps

Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue are modern day pioneers: roaming some of the world’s last remaining wild lands to create maps to help conserve these precious places. Through their project with conservationist Kris Tompkins and Conservacion Patagonica to map the new Patagonia Park in Chile, The Nature of Maps explores the integral role maps play in conservation, adventure and our understanding of wild places.


We’ve all been that kid sitting in the back seat of our family car, wishing we were somewhere else. Through the boredom, the driveway snow piles, sidewalk handrails and stair sets start to tease our inner skier. Watch day dreams come to life as Tom Wallisch shreds the snowy streets of Nelson, British Columbia.

The Invisible Mammal – The Bat Rescuer

Beyond the impacts of climate change and habitat destruction, certain bat species in North America are also suffering population decline due to white nose syndrome. In this first installment of The Invisible Mammal series, we meet The Bat Rescuer, Corky Quirk. Corky has been working intensely with native California bats since 2005 and has educated thousands of people.

Our National Parks belong to everyone. So why are they so white?

Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. As the broader conservation movement continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion, many worry that the Trump administration will only make things worse. Watch our video to learn about the troubling history of public lands and to meet the conservationists of color who are trying to change the parks’ future.

Dragging 235 lbs uphill both ways

The next generation is becoming increasingly plugged in to electronics and out of touch with the outdoors. This will have enormous effects on future conservationism. A mother of four kids decides to turn off the screens and make a change. Though challenging, her kids go from fearing and ignoring nature to understanding and loving it.

A New View of the Moon

Become reacquainted with awe alongside strangers interacting with a telescope trained on the moon. Watch as Wylie Overstreet takes a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon.

About our Co-Sponsors

Peninsula Open Space Trust protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since 1977, POST has protected over 76,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an independent special district in the San Francisco Bay Area that has preserved a regional greenbelt system of over 63,000 acres of public land and manages 26 open space preserves.

Bay Nature connects the people of the San Francisco Bay Area to our natural  world and motivates people to solve problems with nature in mind.

The Amah Mutsun Land Trust, an initiative of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, is the vehicle by which the Amah Mutsun access, protect, and steward lands that are integral to our identity and culture. The AMLT returns our tribe to our ancestral lands and restores our role as environmental stewards.

About our Partners

Stop by our reception area before the films and during intermission to hear from representatives of these organizations, who will be sharing information at the event.

Latino Outdoors inspires, connects, and engages Latino communities in the outdoors and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented.

The San Francisco Bay Trail is an effort to complete a planned 500-mile walking and cycling path around the entire San Francisco Bay running through all nine Bay Area counties, 47 cities, and across seven toll bridges.

The Bay Area Ridge Trail is an effort to plan, promote and sustain a connected hiking, cycling, and equestrian trail on the ridgelines around San Francisco Bay—linking people, parks and open space for today and future generations.

REI is a national outdoor retail co-op with many Bay Area locations dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.

Sports Basement is a sporting goods retailer with ten locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. They sell top quality gear for all your outdoor adventures. They are active in their store-location communities and hope you’ll visit their new store soon.

Patagonia is an outdoor gear store whose mission is to save our home planet. Drop by the Palo Alto store  to find a nice assortment of quality Patagonia outdoor clothing and gear for the whole family. We have what you need to hit the slopes, the rock, the river and the road

Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter is the local face of the national Sierra Club, and as such we offer local members and supporters the opportunity to get involved and actively contribute of their talents and skills to the environmental work of the Sierra Club.

Our City Forest is a leading nonprofit in Silicon Valley for urban forestry and environmental education. They operate a community nursery and provide free or subsidized tree planting services to the community.

Metro Silicon Valley is a free weekly newspaper published by the San Jose, California-based Metro Newspapers. The paper serves the greater Silicon Valley area, encompassing the cities of San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Milpitas, Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto.


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Additional Partners

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Directions to the Smithwick Theatre

The Smithwick Theatre is located at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. Please note: While tickets are free, you will need to purchase a $3 parking permit to park at Foothill College. 

From San Francisco:

  • Travel south on Interstate 280; exit El Monte Road; travel west to campus entrance
  • OR Travel south on U.S. Route 101; exit San Antonio Road; left turn on Foothill Expressway; right on El Monte Road; travel west to campus entrance.

From San Jose

  • Travel north on Interstate 280; exit El Monte Road; travel west to campus entrance
  • OR Travel north on U.S. Route 101; exit San Antonio Road; left turn on Foothill Expressway; right on El Monte Road; travel west to campus entrance.

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