Download the HD films and host your own screening!

Are you an arts, film, media, environment or geography teacher or student? Do you work for an organisation that values nature, film or young people? Do you know of an existing event or screening where showing nature films from young people would enrich the theme? Or do you just have a love for our natural world and want to share some beautiful films to inspire others?

Our films are available for download here in high definition. There are 11 short films, so you can choose to share all or some at your school, class, organisation, colleagues or friends. Let us know if you’d like us to come along to the screening to introduce the film or present some context of the project!

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We are excited to announce the winning film that was voted for by young people (15-25 yrs) to most inspire them to visit or value nature…
1st place:
2nd place:
‘ONE DAY A WEEK IN NATURE’ BY THE NATURE PROJECT (Jennifer McMillan, Joshua Stainlay, Graham Carroll, Madeleine Bell, Holly Gunton and Ariel Ruby). Watch here.
Equal 3rd place:
‘QUEST MOTIF’ by Garrett Eckerson. Watch here.
‘BORN AGAIN’ by Cameron Cortazzo. Watch here.
Our aim was to explore what stories would inspire young people to visit and value nature. However, when votes were counted from all age groups, it seems different stories have different impacts on different age groups. The films that most inspired all ages to visit and value nature were:
1st place:
2nd place:
‘A SONG UNIVERSAL’ by Eliya Nikki Cohen. Watch here.
3rd place:
‘ONE DAY A WEEK IN NATURE’ BY THE NATURE PROJECT (Jennifer McMillan, Joshua Stainlay, Graham Carroll, Madeleine Bell, Holly Gunton and Ariel Ruby). Watch here.
You can still watch all the films here and tell us what you think.
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Online launch of young people’s films from nature

After 3 booked out screenings, we’re excited to present the online release of these short films made by young people about a connection with nature. Written, shot and edited in 5 weeks!

Watch the films and vote for the one that most inspires you to connect with nature. There are 11 short films (3-5 minutes each). Together they are inspirational! Voting closes 21 December 2015.


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Screening of stories from nature by young filmmakers


Due to popular demand after two sold out screening, we’re hosting one more screening to share 11 short films created by young people about the people and places that keep them connected to nature.
A shark girl in Bellingen, a young Indigenous man’s story of healing, the search for wild brumbies in the lost trails of Kosciusko, and the respite in a roof top garden in Bangladesh, and more…

Watch the films, hear the stories, meet the filmmakers and learn about what we’re doing to reconnect young people with the natural world.

Limited online tickets available here with some very limited tickets on the door



Madeleine Bell
Jacqueline Chami
Eliya Nikki Cohen
Cameron Cortazzo
Garrett Eckerson
Lara Fanning
Karen Fulton
Tiffany Fong
Morgan Foulsham
Nick Fraser
Caila Gribbon
Proma Gulshan
Tess Hobbis
Connor Hogg
Angela McCormack
Jennifer McMillan
Nish Eve
Chrystal Rimmer
Naomi Russon
Joshua Stainlay

Curated by Jane Crowley and Wendy Goldstein

More information here.

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Young Storytellers Program launched!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who shared a story for our Young Storytellers Program. We’re excited to welcome Larissa, Lara, Chrystal, Jacqui, Caila, Garrett, Dimitri, Cameron, Naomi, Angela, Karen, Tess, Eliya, Tiffany, Proma, Nish, Morgan, Connor and Nicholas! Very excited that we have such an interesting and creative bunch of young storytellers involved, with extremely inspiring and diverse ideas!

We had amazing kick off workshop, run by the wonderful Digital Storytellers on Saturday. Looking forward to seeing how the stories roll out over the coming weeks. Watch this space!

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Our new young storytellers program and competition to inspire a new generation into nature

We’re looking for bold stories about a human experience with nature, to inspire a new generation.

What inspires you? The (re)Generation Project is calling on 15-25 year olds for your stories about the people and places that keep you connected. Personal connections with nature are powerful. They are essential to our health and mental well-being, and they encourage ties with the earth that we depend on. So, in this ever-increasing modern world, how do we inspire a new generation back to the bush?

The ten best story ideas will be given editorial and production training including digital storytelling workshops and a mentor to help you craft it into a powerful and impacting digital story. You will then have the opportunity to participate in a premier event and online campaign, to share it with NSW youth.

Build valuable skills, networks, share your work, win prizes and have a lot of fun in an opportunity to create a positive change for our planet.

Online Applications due 6 September 2015. More information and apply here.

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Solutions for Inspiring a New Generation from the World Parks Congress released

The document, ‘Solutions for Inspiring a New Generation’ summarises key themes that emerged from discussions around ‘Inspiring a New Generation’ at the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress.

These themes provide a framework for action by protected area agencies, young people, and their partners to help inspire other to engage with and value nature.

Full report here

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NEW RESEARCH – Needing trees and the nature of happiness

New research by Planet Ark and sponsored by Toyota, released in the lead up to National Tree Day, investigates how contact with nature affects people’s life-long happiness and the physiological impacts it has on the brain. The surveys included in the report used internationally-recognised scales to measure the connection to nature and happiness of participants.

The report found that spending time in nature influences our subjective wellbeing, which has long-term health and financial consequences for Australians in light of our significantly reduced time in nature over the past generation. With today’s children spending more time inside and on screens than ever, we may be setting them up to become “the unhappy generation”.

See full report here.

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April Reflection Workshop

The (re)Generation Project participants, mentors and research team caught up at Collaroy Centre, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for a weekend to share project developments, analyse the results and the effects their projects have had on young people’s connection with nature, as well as plan for next steps.

Some projects have completed what they set out, some will continue on for the rest of the year and soon a host of new project participants will join in with more creative ideas on how to inspire young people into nature.

Thank you all for working so hard and keeping up the passion for the project ideals!

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NEW RESEARCH – How do we assist people to love and value nature?

One way is through interpretive programs in natural areas. At the IUCN World Parks Congress (2014) Marc Stern USA presented findings from his research about the elements that make programs that inspire people with nature. A special issue of the journal of interpretation research 2013 (Vol 18:2) captured several areas of research undertaken by Marc and his colleagues.

“programs that are relevant to the audience, tell holistic stories, provoke the audience to reflect, and move beyond facts into the realm of revelation tend to produce better visitor outcomes than programs that are fact-based and detached from the audiences’ lives”

In particular they evaluated hundreds of national park interpretation programs to see what enhanced the experiences of visitors, shaped attitudes and fostered appreciation of the places being interpreted and influenced how audiences decide to behave. (Ham p.3.)

One of the findings is that “programs that are relevant to the audience, tell holistic stories, provoke the audience to reflect, and move beyond facts into the realm of revelation tend to produce better visitor outcomes than programs that are fact-based and detached from the audiences’ lives” (Stern & Powell 2013 p.38). Full journal article available at

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NEW RESEARCH – How can parks improve the potential to connect people to nature?

“Many park agencies are focusing a great deal of attention on attracting more visitors to parks and offering a broader range of visitor opportunities in parks as ways of building support for parks and protected areas in the future. However, there is very little empirical evidence to guide park managers and policy makers on what kinds of activities/experiences will best connect people to nature in a way that will increase support for pro-environmental behaviour and conservation initiatives over time.”
The report Building a Culture of Conservation State-of-Knowledge Report on Connecting People to Nature in Parks was presented at the IUCN World Parks CongressThis a state-of-knowledge report to respond to this information gap by reviewing what we know about the linkage between visitor experiences in parks and public support for conservation; by identifying research gaps in the area; and by outlining a research agenda to begin to address these gaps, in order to build more robust evidence to guide park management. The literature relates to  park visitation and nature connectedness  within a North American, and specifically Canadian, context with a focus on natural parks and protected areas.
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