The Environmental Youth Forum (EYF) is an educational component of DocLands, offering a unique interactive learning experience for students in grades 1-12 that utilizes film to foster awareness and activism around a range of environmental and global issues, with an emphasis on innovations, solutions, and youth engagement. EYF programs are open to school groups only, and admission and bus transportation are FREE for all participating schools.
Prior to the necessary school and theater closures, this year’s EYF was originally scheduled to take place over five days at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and the David Brower Center in Berkeley. It included the program of inspiring and enlightening films listed below along with a host of guest speakers, live presentations, and three special interactive spaces:
Active Cinema Room
A series of exhibits and hands-on demonstrations by local and regional environmental organizations with resources for students to engage directly with the issues they’ve learned about on screen. Grades 1–12
Immersive Media Studio
A selection of environmentally themed VR experiences and interactive web documentary projects for students to explore. Grades 6–12
Youth Art Exhibition
An annual exhibition that showcases the work of high school students examining the intersection of art and environmental activism, featuring work from Skyline, Richmond and Berkeley High School students, with a record-setting 120 artists featured.
**This powerful exhibition is now available in a digital gallery! Art/Act: Youth – Wild Places explores the importance of connecting to wilderness in order to more fully appreciate, understand, and protect our natural world.**
We will continue to share some, if not all, of these films and interactive experiences with our educational community in the coming months.