Careen down an icy, steep mountain face with snowboarders; twirl above the clouds with skysurfers; climb a thirty-story tall Giant Sequoia and emerge from under the spray of one of California’s biggest, surfable waves. This film explores the vast beauty, landscapes, and creative spirit that make this state and its people unique. Audiences are introduced to such adventuresome individuals as Steve Sillett, a biologist studying life in the canopies of California’s giant redwood trees; Sue Campbell, an otter aquarist whose job is to help introduce orphaned sea otter pups back into the wild; skydivers Troy Hartman and Joe Jennings; and two ironworkers who perform the upkeep on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Produced and directed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.

Executive Producer K2 Communications

Narrated by Jimmy Smits

Featuring music by Lindsay Buckingham

Runtime: 40 minutes

Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70 mm

For Educators

The Educator Guide contains hands on activities and lesson plans for grades 4-8. All activities developed for this guide support National Education Standards for Science, Geography, Math and English.

Honors and Reviews
  • Greg MacGillivray was named “Man of the Year” in 2001 and installed in the California Tourism Hall of Fame, where he joins Walt Disney and other California luminaries.

Adventures in Wild California lives up to its title…amazing footage!”
– E! Entertainment Television

“By showcasing the natural and man-made wonder of California, veteran naturalist-filmmaker Greg MacGillivray successfully zeros in on the sense of awe and the optimism that have attracted so many transients here over the decades and have also inspired the few risk-takers among us. ★★★★ (out of 4)”
– Sacramento Bee

“A nonstop extravaganza of massive thrills.”
– Los Angeles Times

“…mixes spectacular stunts with an ecological message…A mixture of eye-popping and environmentally friendly adventure.”
– Atlanta Journal

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