The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) and Antero Outdoors are partnering for the 7th annual VIRTUAL Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is an internationally renowned tour of the latest, cutting-edge environmental and adventure films from around the world. The two-hour event benefits GARNA’s environmental education, on-the-ground stewardship, and sustainability programming throughout the year in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. Tickets provide access to the live, VIRTUAL event and access to films through December 8. There will be a live community chat during the opening night on December 2. Each ticket purchased will enter attendees into a drawing for awesome prizes including two canvas prints  featuring the Collegiate Peaks of the Sawatch Mountain Range painted by James Niehues, a Peak Designs sling bag, and other gifts.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival leaves audiences feeling inspired for adventure and motivated to go out and make a difference in their communities and the world. In line with GARNA’s work to expand wildlife education in the face of declining local wildlife populations, the film festival presents an incredible line-up of films highlighting work being done to conserve the landscapes and critters that make our planet special, including a feature film titled, The Nature Makers. In a world increasingly dominated by humans, three teams of determined conservationists go to extraordinary lengths to save three threatened species in the American heartland. Stunningly photographed in the Grand Canyon and on the American prairie, The Nature Makers follows biologists who’ve deployed helicopters, giant bulldozers, and a host of human tools to defend nature. More on each film can be found at: https://bit.ly/GARNAWS2021.

Sponsored by Antero Outdoors, a new, local boutique company producing premium outdoor clothing, Barb and John Mannion, local owners of Antero Outdoors, seek to combat microplastics in our waterways by choosing natural fibers and processes.

On Dec. 2, the virtual “Doors” open at 6:30 p.m. Films will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last until 9:00 p.m. or on demand through December 8. Online tickets are available at garna.org. Ticket prices start at a deeply discounted rate of $10 for GARNA members as a “Thank You” for support this year, $20 for non-members. Those who join GARNA prior to purchasing tickets can still get a discounted ticket. Buy tickets here: https://bit.ly/GARNAWS2021.

To further support GARNA’s work throughout the Upper Arkansas Valley, including environmental education, on the ground public lands stewardship, sustainability and heritage preservation, donors can set up an end of year donation through

Colorado Gives Day (donations matched by Community First Foundation) here: https://www.coloradogives.org/GARNA .

Through community collaboration, GARNA inspires a conservation ethic by providing educational opportunities and experiences so that those who live, work, and play in the Upper Arkansas Valley are motivated to take care of the natural resources and leave a legacy of responsible use of the natural environment. GARNA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental organization based in Salida, Colorado. 

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