The 2020 Nature Track Film Festival has Been Postponed.

New Dates are October 9-11, 2020. Read More

Spotlight Events

"Carbon Cowboys"
Panel Discussion
Saturday, October 10
12:00 - 1:30 PM

$20 Adult / $15 Youth
Pass Holders Free

Stacy Hall • St. Mark's
2901 Nojoqui Ave, Los Olivos

See the "Carbon Cowboys" in action. Enjoy two film screenings - Chris Malloy's "Unbroken Ground" and Peter Byck's "Herd Impact" while noshing on a lite lunch, enjoying a glass of Grimm's Bluff wine or a M. Special beer! Plus, hear from Steve Apfelbaum, Founder & Chairman of AES; Larry Kopald, The Carbon Underground Organization, and Facetime/Skype with Peter Byck of Carbon Cowboys as they share their knowledge and answer questions about the future of our environment.

"By Hand"
Saturday, October 10
5:00 - 7:00 PM

$30 Adult / $20 child
Pass Holders Free

Stacy Hall • St. Mark's
2901 Nojoqui Ave, Los Olivos

Meet "By Hand" director Kellen Keene, the documentary's subjects twin brothers Casey & Ryan Higginbotham, and the film's composer, Todd Hannigan, at this special event!

The evening begins at 5:00 pm with hors d'oeuvres including pizza from Full of Life Flatbread, Grimm's Bluff wine, M. Special beer at the pre-screening reception. Enjoy visiting with our distinguished guests!

Then, as you enjoy a sweet treat, sit back and watch Casey and Ryan paddle (by hand) from Alaska to Mexico! It's an adventure that will leave you in awe of their determination, grit, and compassion.

Nature Hikes & More

Outbound Hike
Led by: NatureTrack Docent
Saturday & Sunday
8:30-10:30 AM

Free (Limited to 15 participants each day)
Passholders have priority
Must show NTFF pass or ticket stub

Click Here For Saturday Reservation

Click Here For Sunday Reservation

Location: Midland Trails (Approximately 10 miles north of Los Olivos; Cross 154, Figueroa Mt. Road, past Midland School, first cattle crossing, parking on right)

Details of event: Get a feel for the beautiful backcountry of the Santa Ynez Valley as you traverse Midland School's private lands and the USFS's Los Padres National Forest. NatureTrack docents will guide you through oak woodlands laden with lichen, along creek courses scoured by winter rains; introduce you to the first wildflowers of spring and lead you to incredible vistas, all the while touching on the natural and cultural history of the area.

Moderate hike. Bring water. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants; layers, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.

Other Events

Opening Reception
Friday, October 9
4:00 - 6:00 PM

$25/adult - $15/child
Pass Holders Free

Artisan Garden
2432 Alamo Pintado Ave

Join us in the lovely Artisan's Garden as we open our exciting third year. Meet the filmmakers, enjoy the luscious organic wines of Coquelicot Estate Vineyards, killer craft brews from M. Special Brewing, and delicious nibbles courtesy of First & Oak - the only Santa Ynez Valley restaurant to receive the prestigious Michelin Plate Award. This is the place to be before the projectors roll!

Meet the Maker
"A Director's Eye on Local Environmental Concerns"
Friday, October 9
5:30-6:00 PM
2974 Grand Ave, Los Olivos

Free Admittance

Complimentary pours of Epiphany’s Grenache Blanc and Syrah will be provided to all NatureTrack pass holders. 

Epiphany is pleased to welcome NatureTrack Film Festival directors, pass holders, and guests to its tasting room and garden for a panel discussion on why and how directors choose local environmental concerns to focus on. The panel will include Director Isaac Hernández “Better Together”, Director Jeff McLoughlin “Carrizo Plain - A Sense of Place”, and Kristin Tieche “Literacy for Environmental Justice: cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco”. Moderated by director Michael Love, "From Golf Course to Wetland" (NTFF 2019 winner: Conservation - Short".
Located in the heart of Los Olivos, Epiphany, is a Rhône focused winemaking label from the Fess Parker Family. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, Epiphany is dedicated to the thrill of discovery, working with the many Rhône varietals Santa Barbara grows so well and some of the finest vineyard sources in the country.
Rios Patagonicos in the Park!
Friday, October 9
8:00 - 10:00 PM

Free for NTFF attendees (pass holders / ticket holders)

NTFF Base Camp HQ
Lavinia Campbell Park
2398 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos

Carlos and Christine Cerecedo, owners of local business Pumacasu that showcases Custom Artisan Jewelry and Wine Antiques, love Patagonia and they are honored to share the tastes and sounds of Argentina and Chile with NatureTrack Film Festival guests! Carlos grew up in Patagonia and Christine was inspired by Mapuche Indians in Chile to make her jewelry. Come enjoy firsthand stories of fishing the streams and hiking the mountains where Rios Patagonicos was filmed! What a treat to experience the joy of someone sharing their memories of such a special place. Empanadas by Taste of Argentina and Malbec from Mendoza will be served. Live music by Guarani Harpist Ignacio. This is a wonderful way to wrap up our first night.

More information about Pumacasu can be found at

"Original Music
in Nature Filmmaking"
Panel Discussion
Saturday, October 10
1:30-2:30 PM
Base Camp
Lavinia Campbell Park

Free Admittance

Music sets the mood and nowhere is that more obvious than when it accompanies a moving image on film. On this panel we will discuss the indispensable role that original music plays in filmmaking; in particular how it enhances nature documentaries and outdoor "adrenaline" films. Guest panelists: Julian Cisneros, Queen Without Land; Todd Hannigan, By Hand; Chris Smead; Highline. Moderator: KC Murphy Thompson, NTFF co-director.

Volkswagen presents
Warren Miller's "Timeless"
Saturday, October 10
8:00-10:00 PM
Carhartt Tasting Room
2939 Grand Ave, Los Olivos

Free Admittance

This film celebrates 70 years of ski cinematography and travel with top athletes across the globe at renowned mountain locations. All attendees are encouraged to wear vintage ski outfits, togs, sweaters, or ski lodge classics that reflect the style on the slopes through the years.  Grand prize for best vintage ski outfit from Mountain Air Sports.

Meet the Maker
"Using Animation & Music to Convery Your Story"
Sunday, October 11
10:15-10:45 AM
2920 Grand Ave, Los Olivos

Free Admittance

A special discount on merchandize will be available to all NatureTrack pass holders.

Wildflower Women Boutique is pleased to welcome NatureTrack Film Festival directors, pass holders, and guests to enjoy a special opportunity to meet with directors to discuss how they combine their illustrative skills with music to create powerful animated stories that convey so much meaning. Join owner Amber Lease, as she hosts Director Yeliz Motro along with Producer Catherine Nelson of “Escape” and Elizabeth Lewis of “Waters of March” for an interesting chat over mimosas and muffins.
Located in the heart of Los Olivos, Wildflower Women Boutique, is where everyone can expect quality merchandise, the highest level of service and most importantly, kindness while shopping. Says owner Amber, “Try it on, be playful, take a risk, you might just surprise yourself!"
Awards Ceremony
Sunday, October 11

Free Admittance

Los Olivos Community Hall
2374 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos

Closing Reception
Sunday, October 11

$25/adult - $15/child
Pass Holders Free

The Garden at Global Eye Art Collective
2935 Grand Ave, Los Olivos

Appetizers, wines from Hitching Post Wines, and beer from M. Special Brewing Company.

Don't miss our Closing Reception as we wrap-up three fun days of "igniting passion for nature through film." Join us for wonderful appetizers; wine pours from The Hitching Post and our favorite beers from M. Special Brewing Company.  Come and celebrate as we close out NTFF2020 and toast our award-winning filmmakers.