We hope the films at the Festival will inspire you to action.

Motivated by a film and want to know more? This page will help connect you to additional information, resources and action opportunities. By no means is this a comprehensive listing. Utilize this as a jumping off point and feel free to do additional research on your own.

2018 Films

The American Conservation Film Festival welcomes diverse voices to the conservation dialogue. We establish partnerships with and seek support and sponsorship from a range of artists, individuals and organizations expressing varied perspectives on the complexities of human and environmental conservation. While we greatly value these relationships, they do not necessarily reflect the views or values of the ACFF board or staff, nor do they influence the selection and programming of ACFF films, performances or other engagements.

A Letter to Congress
Contact your elected officials here.
Join an organization dedicated to protecting wild lands, water and wildlife here.
Contribute to a fund that works toward preventing destruction of iconic landscapes here.

A New View of the Moon
Join a group of astronomers from WV, MD and PA that enjoy sharing the wonders of the night sky here.

Animal Facts Club
Learn about the Houston Toad here and the Attwater Prairie Chicken here.

Auditing the Blue Blood Bank
Watch a fascinating Nature clip about horseshoe crab bleeding here.
Read an article about harvesting horseshoe crab blood by the biomedical industry here.

Backyard Wilderness
Check out the Backyard Wilderness Educator Guide and Family Activity Guide.
Download the free iNaturalist app and the kid-safe Seek app to help you identify insects, birds, plants, amphibians in your area.

Bird of Prey
Learn more about the rarest eagle on the planet and consider making a contribution to help prevent its extinction here.
Find a multitude of ways to help birds near and far through science and observation at the website for Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Calm, Quiet Strength
Visit beautiful Catoctin Mountain Park and enjoy the forest.
Learn about the Champion Trees National Register here.

Desolation Follows
Learn about rewilding here.

Enough White Teacups
Learn and consider supporting INDEX: Design to Improve Life,  a non-profit organization scaling the growth and impact of sustainable design globally here.
Make personal steps toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World.

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution
Learn what small steps can add up to big reductions in your electricity use—and your utility bill here.
Check out this list of action items put together by the film’s creators here.

Healing Baltimore’s Harbor: A Pipe Dream
See how the National Aquarium and partners are working hard to help clean the Baltimore Harbor and the greater Chesapeake Bay watershed here.
With Blue Water Baltimore, connect with others who are passionate about restoring the water quality.

Hidden Life
Learn about different viewpoints of experts in the field about the “Rigs to Reefs” practice of converting decommissioned offshore oil and petroleum rigs into artificial reefs here.
See what the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has to say here.

Inventing Tomorrow
Learn more about ways to provide equal access to high quality STEM education and mentorships, create diverse pathways to STEM careers, support environmental literacy, and combat climate change here.
Get information on the Intel Science Fair featured in the film here.

Visit the website of the Jane Goodall Institute a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall.

Last Honey Hunter
Learn how you can help cultures like Saadi thrive via a foundation that works in partnership with remote communities in Nepal to create lasting improvements in their quality of life while preserving indigenous culture.

Laws of the Lizard
Love anoles like we do?  From the filmmaker, “A number of the film’s key scenes were filmed in Puerto Rico before the storm hit and those same forests looked like wastelands after the hurricane.  I would urge people to support one of the groups doing on-the-ground restoration or ecological research to help Puerto Rico’s forests recover after Hurricane Maria.”  Here is the El Yunque National Forest Stewardship Fund.

Mexican Fishing Bats
Mexican NGO, GECI is working on monitoring the islands for invasive species and keeping track of migratory bird nesting success. They do amazing work on island conservation throughout Mexico. 

Palau Pledge: The Giant
Learn why the children of Palau have written a pledge that every visitor to their home has to take here.

Person of the Forest
Learn about the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project which promotes scientific research, conservation and education to save the endangered wild orangutans.
Check out the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Palm Oil Scorecard which ranks America’s biggest brands on their commitment to deforestation-free palm oil.

Rancheros del Jaguar
Learn about the program in Sonora, Mexico that encourages ranchers to co-exist with jaguars and other wild cats by paying them for photos of live jaguars caught with motion triggered cameras on their property here.

RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark
Join the activist network that supports the Endangered Species Coalition.  Oppose efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

Rodents of Unusual Size
Share nutria recipes with those who live in area’s invaded by this species that is causing  damage to coastal wetlands.  Learn more about the nutria, which was brought from South America in the 1930’s to Louisiana by fur traders.

Saving the Dark
Join the International Dark-Sky Association working to protect the night skies for present and future generations. Get involved by doing simple things in your own community to prevent light pollution.

Surviving the Wild: Cats and Birds
The American Bird Conservancy’s Cats Indoors program supports simple solutions to keep pet cats and wild birds safe. Check out catio designs and other solutions to see which is the best fit for you and your cat here!

The Compost Story
Learn how to effectively compost kitchen and yard waste in your own backyard by registering for a local master composter training here.
Learn about the business of composting with the US Composting Council.

The Devil We Know
The film’s action page can show you how toss the Teflon, demand transparency, check your water quality and use your purchasing power to support brands using non-toxic chemicals.
Advocate for safe water for all West Virginia citizens by helping the WV Rivers Coalition.

The New Fire
Learn about advanced nuclear power reactors that are much smaller, safer, consuming existing stockpiles of nuclear waste as one of the way to stave off the devastation of global warming here.

Shepherdstown Sustainable Seafood
Learn about how the Freshwater Institute, right here in Shepherdstown, is leading a movement to offer safe, sustainable seafood to inland areas. 

The Rise of Vertical Farming
Learn why the USDA says that, beyond providing fresh local produce, vertical agriculture could help increase food production and expand agricultural operations as the world’s population is projected to exceed 9 billion by 2050 here.

The Serengeti Rules
Get the book and read all about this amazing band of pioneer scientists that changed how we understand ecosystems!

Walk on the Mountain
Follow Mountain Hero, Junior Walk’s efforts. Today he works with Coal River Mountain WatchKeeper of the Mountains Foundation, and RAMPS to end mountaintop removal mining, and travels the country with the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation educating people about the long-term environmental, health and community degradation caused by coal mining.

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

Buy only what you will use.  Use the food you have and save the food you haven’t used by preserving it before it deteriorates.
You can order several great books from our local bookstore, Four Seasons.  Check out these:
Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook by Cinda Chavich
Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning by Gardeners and Farmers of Centre Terre Vivante, Deborah Madison and Eliot Coleman
Fiery Ferments: 70 Stimulating Recipes for Hot Sauces, Spicy Chutneys, Kimchis with Kick and Other Blazing Fermented Condiments by Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Schokey

Compost the food you haven’t used or saved.  Sign up for a master composter course right in our own community, taught by Melanie Files and Rick Lowman.

Check out this recipe from Tonic Herb Shop for bone broth provided for tasting after the screening of Wasted.  It encourages the kind of nose-to-tail meat use advocated in the film and is a great way to use leftover veggies in the crisper drawer.

What is Land-based Fish Farming?
Learn about how the Freshwater Institute, right here in Shepherdstown, is leading a movement to offer safe, sustainable seafood to inland areas. 

What Lies Upstream
Get involved today with your local Potomac River Keeper Network. They work to protect the public’s right to clean water in our rivers and streams.  Contact them to help stop pollution to promote safe drinking water, protect healthy river habitats, and enhance public use and enjoyment.

Wildlife and the Wall
Defenders of Wildlife opposes expansion of the existing 700 mile border wall.  Visit their site to sign a petition to Congress demanding no funding to an impenetrable barrier that will be devastation to migration animals.

Women Who Inspire
Encourage young girls to choose conservation as a career by sharing stories that celebrate women who have done just that.
Consider supporting groups of brave women who are already fighting to protect wilderness areas like Akashinga.
Join your local chapter of EcoWomen.
Attend the annual National Wildlife Federation’s Women Conservation Leadership Summit.