The Northland Arboretum in Brainerd will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, a collection of films speaking to the environmental concerns and celebrations of Earth, virtually Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021.

The festival is a fundraiser for the arboretum. Virtual lobby doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and may be reserved at

The festival will consist of a series of 10 films that were chosen from the annual festival hosted in Nevada City, California. The festival is a natural extension of the Northland Arboretum’s mission of education, recreation and conservation work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment. The event is sponsored by Lakeland Public Television, Hubbard Radio, R&J Broadcasting and the Brainerd Dispatch.

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Viewers will be invited to look inward and rediscover their connection with and responsibility to the natural world. Viewers will be taken to the Arctic Coast, Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda, Acadia National Park in Maine and the Oregon Coast. Viewers will hike with an autistic person through 900 miles of the Great Smoky Mountains and see the Sacramento River as a place of surprising beauty, home to otter, eagle and osprey and endangered salmon.

Viewers also will see the efforts of East Detroit urban beekeepers, follow a man with a traumatic brain injury making Lake Tahoe a better place and see parents adventuring with a 2-year-old hoping to inspire the next generation to care about wild places.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba Citizens League in 2003. The five-day event features more than 150 award-winning films and welcomes more than 100 guest speakers, celebrities and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. The home festival kicks off the international tour to communities around the globe.