The Wild & Scenic Film Festival offers incredible stories of adventure and conservation, paired with stunning cinematography. This year, we’ve selected films that offer our audience a journey into some of the most beautiful places on earth, complemented by stories of inspiration, activism and finding solutions to restore our planet. In addition to films, Warner College of Natural Resources is hosting a special presentation prior to the start of films.

When: Friday, September 15, 2017
Where:  CSU’s Lory Student Center Theater
9 films | speakers | food & drink


Tickets will not be available at the door** Please join us next year-2018!!


Photo courtesy Patagonia/Lucia Griggi

New this year, Warner College of Natural Resources is hosting a special guest presentation before films start. Yvon Chouinard, environmentalist and founder of clothing and gear company Patagonia, will lead a talk about cold water conservation. Please join us for one of our largest events ever!

2017 Featured Films

China: A Skiers Journey


Skiing as sport is in its infancy in China, a phenomenon of the country’s exploding middle class. As a means of survival, however, it is thousands of years old, a Stone Age hunter-gatherer technology born in the Altai Mountains where China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Siberia merge. On a vast trajectory that spans 11,000 km of Northern China, Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots touch down into the rich past and dizzying future of these two respective Chinese ski cultures. As one rapidly expands, they find the other is 31 China: A Skier’s Journey at risk of disappearing. Best Cinematography, Adventure Film; Vimeo Staff Pick (Canada, 2016, 17min)

Elk River

Scientist Arthur Middleton, photographer Joe Riis, artist James Prosek and filmmaker Jenny Nichols join forces in this documentary that captures the migration of elk in the Yellowstone area through a multidisciplinary lens. For many of the elk herds that summer in Yellowstone, home is outside the protected park boundaries the rest of the year, as far as 70 miles away. Mirroring a similar expedition undertaken in 1871 that fused science and the arts, this modern band of explorers join their ungulate counterparts on a trek from Wyoming’s rangeland through snowy mountain passes and treacherous river crossings to the rugged beauty of Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows. They meet backcountry guides and cattle ranchers whose lives are intricately tied with the fate of the elk and other migratory species that call the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem home. (USA, 2016, 28 min)

All proceeds will support programming for the Larimer County Conservation Corps. The mission of the Larimer County Conservation Corps (LCCC) is to promote individual development through service for the benefit of the environment and community.

Our programs empower corpsmembers to develop personal and professional skills, gain environmental awareness and actively engage in the community while developing self-sufficiency to help them become productive members of our community. The LCCC is an accredited corps through the Colorado Youth Corps Association and is based in the Larimer County Workforce Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.

For more information about how this event supports our local efforts,  visit: www.larimerworkforce.org/lccc

To learn more about the national festival, visit: www.wildandscenicontour.org