Spotlight Events

"Carbon Cowboys"
Saturday, March 21
12:00 - 1:30 PM

$20 Adult / $15 Youth
Pass Holders Free

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; Susan Lehnhardt, Three Waters Reserve; Larry Kopald, The Carbon Underground Organization, and Peter Byck of Carbon Cowboys as they share their knowledge and answer questions about the future of our environment.

"By Hand"
Saturday, March 21
5:00 - 7:00 PM

$30 Adult / $20 Youth
Pass Holders Free

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

Enjoy pizza from Full of Life Flatbread, tasty treats, Grimm's Bluff wine, M. Special beer at the pre-screening reception while 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

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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.


Opening Reception
Friday, March 20
4:00 - 6:00 PM

Pass Holders Free

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!

Awards Ceremony
Sunday, March 22


Closing Reception
Sunday, March 22

Pass Holders Free

Don't miss our Closing Reception as we wrap-up three fun days of "igniting passion for nature through film." Join us at Sides Hardware & Shoes restaurant for the famous cuisine of brothers Matt and Jeff Nichols; 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.