Films about Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders

Civic Works Corpsmembers featured in Discovering the Boulder-White Clouds

Join The Corps Network at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a film screening and discussion about getting youth outdoors

When: Friday, November 14, 2014
            2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST)

  RSVP required!
  Please respond to Tess Richey ( by 12:00 p.m. (EST)
  on Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  Include your full name, title, and email address.  

Where: Jefferson Auditorium
             U.S. Department of Agriculture 
             1400 Independence Avenue, SW
             Washington, DC


Event details: 
The Corps Network is hosting a film screening and discussion focused on engaging youth in conservation and inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders. In addition to premiering our new documentary short, Discovering the Boulder-White Clouds, the event will feature speakers from numerous federal agencies, as well as 4 short films from friends and partners of The Corps Network. 


  • Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps, Corporation for National & Community Service
  • Carl Rountree, Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation Systems and Community Partnerships, U.S. Department of Interior
  • U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ)
  • Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO, The Corps Network
  • Laura Herrin, Vice President, Mid-Atlantic/Southeast Region, Student Conservation Association
  • Davon Baynes, Real Food Farm Corpsmember, Civic Works


Film Lineup:

  • Discovering the Boulder-White Clouds - *PREMIERE* - The Corps Network

Description:  Discovering the Boulder-White Clouds follows eight young adults from Civic Works, a youth Service and Conservation Corps based in Baltimore, MD, as they camp and hike in the wilderness of the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains, a proposed national monument. The film focuses on the parallels between the urban environment in Baltimore and the wilderness of a place like the Boulder-White Clouds, emphasizing the value of preserving the environmental health of both settings. By exploring the pristine public lands of Idaho, the Corpsmembers, who in Baltimore grow healthy food on an urban farm and retrofit low-income homes to improve energy efficiency, gain a new perspective on the importance of conservation.
- Learn more about the video


  • The Colorado River: Our River, Our Story, Our Time - Nuestro Rio

Description: In the Summer of 2013, Latino youth from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico joined Nuestro Rio Youth Leadership Program for an educational trip down the Colorado River. The trip participants learned about the river and its tributaries, history and importance. 
- Watch the video


Description: The American population is increasingly diverse, but the conservation movement remains largely white. Through Legacy Camp, the Children and Nature Network teaches “natural leaders” – diverse millennials who have demonstrated leadership in engaging their communities in the outdoors – skills and techniques to enhance their engagement efforts. The Legacy Camp trains the next, more diverse generation of conservation leaders how to effectively build capacity for, and interest in, outdoor activities in minority communities in a way that is meaningful and lasting.  
- Watch the video


  • NPS Academy in the Great Smoky Mountains - SCA

Description: Operated through a partnership between the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the National Park Service, NPS Academy offers paid internships in a national park to undergraduate and graduate students of color from across the country. The Academy is designed to build a skilled, motivated, and ethnically diverse 21st Century Workforce for America’s national parks.  
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Description: In celebration of National Public Lands Day 2014 and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Southern California Mountains Foundation brought three busloads of children and families from the Inland Empire region of California, plus youth from Urban Conservation Corps, to experience the San Gorgonio wilderness in the San Bernardino National Forest. For many celebration participants, this was their first time exploring a wilderness area. 
- Watch the video