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Professor Larry Engel gives tips to students on using the SONY Ex-1 camera as they prepare for Classroom in the Wild: Alaska

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"The Center for Environmental Filmmaking exposes emerging filmmakers to skills vital to the reality of natural history and conservation filmmaking."
- Joe Bohannon

The Center for Environmental Filmmaking director Chris Palmer canoes with students in Florida during Classroom in the Wild

ABOUT THE CENTER
The Center for Environmental Filmmaking was founded on the conviction that films and new media are essential educational and policy tools in the struggle to protect the environment. The center’s mission is to inspire students to produce films and new media that focus attention on the need to conserve the environment in a way that is effective as well as ethically sound, educationally powerful, and entertaining.

The world faces unprecedented environmental challenges, from climate change to species extinction. But powerful images and films, can capture our attention and alert millions to the value of protecting the natural world. With the right combination of creative thinking, enthusiasm, practical knowledge, altruism, and a commitment to the natural world, today’s students will become tomorrow’s environmental stewards.

What unites the center’s many programs—besides a commitment to the environment—is the desire to transform students’ lives. We show students that through hard work, perseverance, critical thinking, and creativity, they can bring focus, passion, and meaning to their films and their lives. We value the exuberance that is born of the creative process, the courage to stand up for one’s beliefs, and the compassion to care for those who can’t speak for themselves—all fundamentally important values that will benefit students throughout their lives. 

For more information, please see the Center's Annual Report.