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

If you are 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!

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.

ACFF’s Statement on Rockwool

For the past 16 years, ACFF has been presenting films that seek to Engage, Inform and Inspire people about conservation issues, both local and global. Our festival line-ups often include films featuring people improving their community through activism.

Now, a Danish company that produces insulation proposes to build a factory in Jefferson County. There are people in the community who support this effort and many others who question the cost/benefit of the enterprise. If you are not yet familiar with the dispute surrounding the construction of the Rockwool factory, go to toxicrockwool.com and rockwool.com/westvirginia. Many of our board members are actively involved with this issue. As a conservation film festival, our most important role is to encourage involvement. Rockwool’s presence in the county has engaged the entire community as never before and ACFF supports citizen engagement on this important issue.

ACFF wants to encourage our audience to become educated about issues in their communities and become active in efforts to protect the environment.



Also, come to the American Conservation Film Festival.  As always, our films highlight conservation issues that inspire and activate people to make positive change.  Several of our film blocks concern community activism. Before and after these films, the audience will have an opportunity to learn about and join organizations in our region that are working to protect our environment. Please check our festival schedule for details.

2018 Films

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.

2016 Films

An Acquired Taste

Read more in this Slate article.

Beneath Paradise

Scroll way down to the “Want to Help” section on the film’s website: http://www.beneathparadise.com/welcome

Bluebird Man

Learn how to set up your own bluebird trail by clicking on links here.
You’ll find helpful factsheets here along with additional information about protecting bluebirds.

Catching the Sun

Learn more here.

Forget Shorter Showers

Try Start to learn how to gather a group of people to better understand what is wrong with our world, develop a vision of a better society, and figure out effective strategies for moving from here to there.

How to Change the World

Greenpeace’s Greenwire connects with volunteers, activists and groups working on environmental campaigns all across the country.  It’s the place to start groups, host events, run campaigns, share photos, videos, blogs and join with other interested activists eager to help.

Medieval Monsters

Further reading: Biodiversity in England’s New Forest

Monarchs: The Milkweed Mission

Order free milkweed seeds to grow in your yard and help the dwindling monarch population.

Two pages of action suggestions, from asking highway departments and utilities to reduce mowing of road edges, power lines, and other areas where milkweed grows to monitoring monarchs as a citizen scientist .

Petition the US Fish and Wildlife Service to add monarchs to list of endangered species. 


7 ways to help save the pangolin 

Racing Extinction  

Take time to explore Racing Extinction’s website  to find petitions, such as Rainforest Action Network’s (below), to sign up for challenges to help you make changes to benefit threatened species, to learn how to green your city, to see incredible PhotoArk images of endangered species and learn more about each one of them. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, too.

Click here to join Rainforest Action Network in calling on palm oil companies to work with their suppliers to immediately halt the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

Saving Mes Aynak

Sign a petition to the President of Afghanistan.
Two other actions at Saving Mes Aynak’s website are:

  1. Contacting the Afghan embassy to tell them you support the protection and preservation of Mes Aynak.

The Honorable Dr. Hamdullah Mohib
2341 Wyoming Ave., NW,Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 202-483-6410

2. Sending the same message to the UNESCO Office in the U.S.

Liaison Office with the United Nations, D.C. II Building, 2 UN Plaza, Office No. 900,
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10017, United States of America
Tel.:(1) (212) 963 59 78

Seed: The Untold Story

Grow GMO-free, open pollinated seeds.
Save and swap seeds  http://www.seedsavers.org/join
Explore the broad-missioned Organic Consumers Association to learn about its campaigns and actions.

Sonic Sea  

Learn more about the Center for Biological Diversity’s advocacy of ocean wildlife and efforts to fight ocean noise.

Make a contribution to the NRDC to support their efforts to reduce ocean noise. Click here.

The Burden: Fossil Fuel, The Military and National Security  

Ask that your member of Congress lift the burden of fossil fuel dependence – http://www.theburdenfilm.com/lift_the_burden

The Messenger  

Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with The Messenger presents 7 ways to help songbirds, including tips on how to make windows safer for birds.

The True Cost  
Check out the dropdown box “Learn More” on the film’s website including what you can do to reduce the environmental impact of the clothing industry.  Be sure to read the Take Action pledge statement. You can see the a few of the brands the filmmakers like:

Consider joining the Fashion Revolution  Get involved in Greenpeace’s campaign to transform the fashion industry so it stops polluting the environment.

Thirty Million  

Learn more about the science and impact of rising sea levels .

Myclimate, cited on the film’s website, educates, develops climate protection programs, and sells carbon offsets (in Euros and Francs). To learn more about reducing your footprint through carbon offsets, see “Should You Buy Carbon Offsets?

Become involved with organizations fighting climate change:
Sierra Club Move Beyond Fossil Fuels
Sierra Club WV Energy Efficiency Campaign

A Penguin’s Life in the City

About the Little Penguin
Little Penguin info from the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife

Aerial America:  Wilderness
The Wilderness Society explains the Wilderness Act
Contact Congress regarding current wilderness bills
For more Aerial America Episodes

America’s Amazon
Alabama Nature Partners lists numerous resources regarding the Mobile-Tensaw Delta
Weeks Bay Foundation

America’s Wilderness (short films)
View more NPS America’s Wilderness shorts

Big Men
Rachel Boynton’s journey behind the scenes of Big Oil interview
Additional interviews and press at the Big Men website

Carpe Diem:  A Fishy Tale
Asian Carp information from the National Wildlife Federation
Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee
Stop Carp Coalition

Come Hell or High Water:  The Battle for Turkey Creek
Bridge the Gulf Project – a Gulf Coast community media project working towards justice and sustainability
Teaching Resources based on the film
Reel Power – films addressing climate change and the long term impact of resource extraction
Dollars & Sense interview with Derrick Evans

Petition to Crack Down on Deadbeat Dams
Yvon Chouinard on Dams – NY Times
Anti-Dam Movement of International Rivers

Earth, Water Woman
Curriculum Guide based on the film
World Health Organization on water issues

Emptying the Skies
Committee Against Bird Slaughter Action Letter
Projects of improved protection from the Committee Against Bird Slaughter
Emptying the Skies by Jonathan Franzen in The New Yorker

From Billions to None
Project Passenger Pigeon -Lessons from the past for a sustainable future
The Diane Rehm Show on the topic of de-extinction
TED talks on de-extinction
Revive  & Restore – genetic rescue for endangered and extinct species
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology – passenger pigeon blog post

Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields
Take Action via the Ground Operations website
Farmer Veteran Coalition
Beginning Farmers – Military Veteran Farmer Training article

Growing Cities
Learn more via the Growing Cities website
Capital City Farming – 10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Washington D.C.
Farm Alliance Baltimore City
Fritz Haeg’s Edible Estates

VA Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries – FAQ Northern Snakehead
USDA National Invasive Species Information Center on Northern Snakeheads
Northern Snakehead monitoring by the USFWS Maryland

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Lemur League Activities via the Island of Lemurs: Madagascar website
Education opportunities via the Island of Lemurs: Madagascar website
Duke Lemur Center

Love in the Tetons
Beyond the Edge- National Geographic Adventure blog post on Love in the Tetons
The North Face Ambassador profile of Juan Martinez
Sierra Club Outdoors – Inner City Outings
Appalachian Mountain Club – Youth Opportunities Program

Love Thy Nature
A selection of Nature Organizations via Love Thy Nature website

Mapping the Blue
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation Education and Outreach
NOAAs Coral Reef Conservation Program
Protect and Save Coral Reefs – The Nature Conservancy

Nokhoi Zeekh: In Search of Wolverine
The Mongolian Wolverine Project – How to Help
Defenders of Wildlife blog – Wolverines Need Protection Now

Postcards from Climate Change
View more Postcards and learn about the project HERE
Take Action – The UN and Climate Change
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center – Take Action to Fight Climate Change

PSA: What does it take to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay Program website
NWF protecting the Chesapeake Bay

School’s Out
Forest School Association website
Forest Schools Education website
Natural Start Alliance article – Forest School in Public School – is it possible?

Snows of the Nile
About Snows of the Nile
Connect4Climate – Climate Change Resources
takepart – Take Action in Climate Change

Article via WIRED
Lord Howe Island article via NPR
Australian Broadcasting Corporation- The Science Show- Second chance for the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect
Rediscovered after being declared extinct article

The Green Ninja: Styrofoam Man
The Green Ninja website for additional episodes and educational info
takepart – D.C. bans plastic take-out containers
Groundswell – Which cities have banned plastic foam?

The Hailey Community Climate Challenge
City of Hailey Climate Challenge
Solar Holler – Repowering Appalachia with Hometown Energy

The Last Ocean
Take Action via The Last Ocean website
Antarctica and Southern Ocean Coalition – Ross Sea Preservation
PEW Charitable Trusts – The Need to Protect the Ross Sea

The Meaning of Wild
Sitka Conservation Society – protecting the Tongass
About The Meaning of Wild

The New Green Giants
The New Green Giants Facebook Page
Food and Water Watch for info on safe and sustainably produced food
The Non-GMO Project

The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley
Wolf Conservation Center
Defenders of Wildlife – Protecting Native Animals and Their Habitats
Predator Defense

The Race to Save Pennsylvania’s Bats
White-Nose Syndrome – Information Resources
Bat Conservation International

Ticked Off: The Mystery of Lyme Disease
CDC – Lyme Disease
National Geographic News – What is Lyme Disease article
Info for Lyme Disease Support Group Eastern Panhandle WV
American Lyme Disease Foundation

Trash Dance
Article of Austin Sanitation Workers featured in Trash Dance documentary 
Environmental Justice in Action blog – Tales from our Trash: NYC’s Sanitation Workers
WV joins National Movement Protecting Sanitation Workers

Unacceptable Levels
Great list of Resources at the Unacceptable Levels website
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition

We Are the Land
Save our Sacred Chief Facebook Community
Blackfeet Women Against Fracking – a conversation with Pauline Matt

Grand Canyon Trust – how you can help
Peaceful Uprising – Defending a Livable Future Through Empowering Nonviolent Action
Earth First! – Monkeywrenching Article