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The Cradle of Aviation Hosts Documentary and Animal Encounters Event

The Cradle of Aviation Hosts Documentary and Animal Encounters Event

The Garden City museum is reminding families to enjoy their backyards again with an award-winning documentary and animal event.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum, SK Films, & Sweet Briar Nature Center are joining together to remind families to put down the devices and enjoy nature again. On Sunday, January 13 from 12-4 pm, museum visitors can see animal demonstrations from Sweet Briar Nature Center (free with admission) and view the award-winning documentary, Backyard Wilderness (adult $9, child/senior $8) that will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses—in our own backyards.

Studies show that almost 90% of our lives are spent indoors and that increased exposure to nature can help heal many of today’s common health ailments. Created by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar® nominated filmmakers Andrew Young and Susan Todd, Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected delights of nature that are in our own neighborhoods and communities.

Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife imagery and behavior, all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along forest floors and pond bottoms. The film reveals the animal inhabitants in rare and breathtaking detail. We follow Katie, a young girl, and her family who are absorbed by an array of electronic devices and, at first, oblivious to the natural world just outside their home. Katie gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden so close to her front door and we experience the joy she finds in her interactions with this newly uncovered world.

The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that sometimes, in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things that can transform you forever—you just need to step outside.

Backyard Wilderness is a winner of several awards including Best Film Short Subject, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effect from the Giant Screen Cinema Association “Through breathtaking camerawork, 'Backyard Wilderness' shows us an intimate portrait of the world around us,” said evolutionary biologist, vice president for Science Education, and executive director of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios Sean B. Carroll, P.h.D. “The goal of this film, coupled with our educational outreach effort, is to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers to look closely and observe the natural world around them to better understand how it works.”

Visit the Cradle of Aviation Museum website for tickets and more information.

Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd
516-572-4111
cradleofaviation.org