As we adjust to new routines and our stay-at-home environment, one thing stays the same – the importance of connecting with nature any way we can. Whether from our backyard, a window, or even our TV screens, here are some fun ways we can stay engaged with Mother Nature until we’re able to get back out in the big, beautiful world again.
50th Anniversary of Earth Day 2020
Next week – April 22 – marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Usually this is a chance to experience the wilder places of our planet, but this year we are celebrating and appreciating nature’s value right here at home, and we want to hear from YOU! How are you celebrating nature these days? Have you been climbing a backyard tree or watering your house plants or hanging a bird feeder outside your kitchen window? Send us a photo or short video of how you are celebrating nature these days, and we will include it in a special Earth Day video on our social media channels.
Tune in with Ariel Tweto
The star of our new film Into America’s Wild, Ariel Tweto, will take over MFF’s Instagram page all day on Earth Day. She will be sharing how she celebrates our Earth from her home in rural northern Alaska. Tune in and explore her backyard – a winter wonderland only a few will ever visit. Hike glaciers, ice fish and learn how to forage with Ariel and the Tweto family. You’ll also have a chance to ask her questions during two Instagram Live sessions. Follow us on Instagram @MacFreeFilms for more details. Check out this fun playlist of behind-the-scenes videos from Into America’s Wild, a film that shows how spending time in nature is important to our overall well-being.
Dive Into Jonathan Bird's "Blue World" Online Series
Filmmaker Jonathan Bird, whose science adventure film Ancient Caves recently launched in giant-screen theaters, is also the producer of the Emmy Award-winning online ocean science series, Jonathan Bird’s Blue World. Produced with funding from the National Science Foundation and with episodes lasting only 5 to 11 minutes, the series takes a fun, light-hearted look at marine science and exploration. Endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association, topics include: Is the ocean really blue? How does a shark’s unique biology keep it at the top of the food chain? How does symbiosis really work?
Most of the episodes have companion study guides and lesson plans that meet National Science Standards and Ocean Literacy Principles. The perfect way to learn more about the ocean as we head into Earth Day and World Oceans Day (June 8).
MFF's Fun Fact Video Series
Ever wonder where to find the largest living organism on Earth? Or how sea turtles navigate back to their home? Or even how the world’s highest skyscrapers trick the wind? MFF has compiled a playlist of 22 videos with fun facts about nature, engineering and even music. Pair these videos with an at-home screening of one of our streaming films like Humpback Whales or National Parks Adventure and celebrate nature all over again.
Spanish, French and German Language Streaming Options
Some of MFF’s most popular films are now available to stream in multiple languages. Watch National Parks Adventure and Humpback Whales in Spanish, German and French and Dream Big in Spanish from Vimeo On Demand. America’s Musical Journey is also available in five languages including Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Korean to stream for free on YouTube.
In Case You Missed It
Two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray joined IMAX Victoria for a live interview about his start in filmmaking, his creative process and what he’s working on now, including an exciting announcement about an upcoming project. Watch the video here.