Thank you to returning Partners!

These businesses Rock!

Please join us in thanking iFixit for its continued support of the NatureTrack Film Festival. iFixit is a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything. Anyone can create a repair manual for a device, and anyone can also edit the existing set of manuals to improve them. Their site empowers individuals to share their technical knowledge with the rest of the world. iFixit also provides an online store where you can purchase specialty tools, parts, and repair kits for most gadgets. We are excited that iFixit will be donating their professional grade “jimmy” tool for prying open electronics safely for our pass holder swag bags. #ifixit

We are especially proud that the Hampton Inn & Suites in Buellton will be Partnering with us for the 3rd year! The official hotel for our visiting filmmakers, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Buellton offers hotel rooms with hillside views for enjoying the scenic surroundings and an efficient space to get work done at a comfortable work desk with an ergonomic chair. All of their rooms have 50-inch HDTVs for enjoying movies or your favorite shows, and you can catch up with friends and family with their complimentary WiFi. They guarantee a great night’s rest on their clean and fresh Hampton bed®! The hotel is conveniently located just off Hwy 101 and about 15-min from Los Olivos and the NatureTrack Film Festival. #hamptoninnandsuitesbuellton

Together we can make a difference!

The NatureTrack Film Festival is so grateful for the continued support of our Partners in the community. These relationships not only help the film festival be a success, but also support the larger Cause of the NatureTrack Foundation – leading the way in bestowing the benefits of being outdoors on thousands of kids every year. Many studies support the health benefits for all of us when we get outside. A particularly excellent article on this topic was written by Kevin Loria for Business Insider.

But for some families, access to the outdoors is greatly limited. Sue, Holly and KC attended panel discussions at ORS that addressed the challenges facing the outdoor industry in attracting lower income and more diverse explorers, campers, climbers, hikers, bikers and surfers, etc. This is where the mission of NatureTrack has significant impact in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as its K-12 student, parent and teacher demographic is 70% Hispanic, 24.6% Caucasian, 4% Asian, 1% African American, <1% Islander, < 1% Indian/Alaskan Native, <1% 2 or more races. Also, 60% of students served are from low to moderate income families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.

Join with us!

The NatureTrack Film Festival has partner opportunities at a variety of levels. If you would like to explore how you can support NatureTrack through the film festival, download our Partner Packet here or contact Sue at 805-886-2047.



What’s cooking for some of NTFF’s past Directors?

It is always exciting to see what Directors, who have presented films at the NatureTrack Film Festival, are up to these days!

Ali Ijaz

Ali Ijaz, Pangolins in Peril – A Story of Rare Scales, has recently been interviewed for an article in Youlin Magazine written by Khadijah Rehman titled “Stories from the Wild: An Interview with Ali Ijaz”

In the interview, Ali talks about his early influences and what set him on the path of documenting wildlife. His passion has led him to explore animals that are misunderstood within his own country of Pakistan, such as the Pangolins, as well as possibly never even heard of outside the borders. Bringing these animals to the forefront of the public’s mind helps in better understanding their place in the environment and the need for conservation efforts to keep the populations healthy into the future.

Ali also talks about his latest venture filming the Magar Crocodile located in the Hingal River of Balochistan in southwestern Pakistan. Worried that this ancient species is headed toward extinction, Ali is excited to be exploring the area in an effort to know these magnificent creatures.

NTFF looks forward to seeing Ali’s latest project once it is completed and wishes him all the best in his journey!


Chris Smead

Chris Smead, Rae Lakes and The High Sierra Trail, started off his film career with “Chris is Awesome Productions,” which quickly grew into “Outmersive Films” as he attracted collaborators who were as passionate about his goal to create “High quality outdoor films that explore multiple dimensions. The modern experience, the history, and the human stories and experiences thats come with all life adventures

Recently Chris announced that “Outmersive Films” has joined forces with Greg Aiello. Says Chris, ” ‘Chronicles From The Wild’ is a new outdoor adventure series featuring the crew of Outmersive Films and Greg Aiello, accomplished host of ABC’s “Motion”, and PBS’s “Outside with Greg Aiello”.

Follow Greg and his crew as they venture deep into wild and remote places in search of stories from the past. Their mission is to remind people that these wild places are not just great pictures for social media. They’re museums, containing the history of our planet, and the history of us.” It’s a good thing that Chris has lots of energy, in addition to this new venture, he has been working on finishing up his first feature-length film “Highline”! NTFF looks forward to watching Chris’ career grow and are looking forward to seeing what comes next!


NTFF Excited by Submissions for 2020!


NTFF2020 is going to be another MUST ATTEND film festival!

Since the beginning of June, the NatureTrack Film Festival has been watching the submissions pour into NTFF’s FilmFreeway page. The team has been very excited to view the entries and astounded by the quality of filmmaking. It is clear to see that nature provides a boundless opportunity to share amazing adventures, conservation efforts, and exotic locales.

Viewing the hundreds of submitted films each year is an intense educational experience on a variety of subjects, and this year it will be even harder to choose the best of the best for the 2020 NatureTrack Film Festival, but our team is up to the task!

Submissions are open until September 30 – and we’re looking toward our wider audience to help share the information far and wide so that we reach all corners of the earth with our “call to action” to Directors who focus on producing nature-based films. We know there are still more amazing stories out there!

Submit Your Film Here!

A festival with one cause…

Kids puzzling the mysteries of nature; that’s NatureTrack’s story and we make it happen over 4000 times a year. We transport students outside, successfully engage their enthusiasm to focus on wild things like bird songs, animal tracks, and bones. We load their brains with nature, relating field science to school standards. They return to their teacher more curious and better grounded to ask the intelligent questions and make better decisions tomorrow about our planet. FREE NatureTrack field trips fill the school budget gap with ingenuity and wonder! We even cover the costs of getting there.

Founded by Sue Eisaguirre, NatureTrack introduces school children to outdoor spaces from the seashore to the inland oak woodlands of Santa Barbara County. Our mission at NatureTrack is to encourage students to embrace our natural world with respect and wonder, inspiring them to be stewards of our natural resources. Since its founding in 2011, NatureTrack has provided nearly 18,000 outdoor experiences for K-12 students in Santa Barbara County.

Demand for the curriculum coordinated program has increased every year with teachers praising the docent-led excursions that align with classroom instruction.

Sue was inspired to bring her outdoor vision indoors and onscreen at the NatureTrack Film Festival so more people could enjoy and appreciate what her docents and students practice and experience in their outdoor “classrooms.”

NTFF Directors Home from the Summer Outdoor Retail Market

Trip to Outdoor Summer Market artist David Rollyn creating one-of-a-kind product for sale to raise funds for Keep America Beautiful Big Blue Bear looking in to conference center Directors shooting the rapids KC with Jen at Patagonia Provisions KC playing with SOLE's wine cork board 2019 Partner Stasher FinalStraw

Everybody should go to the Outdoor Retail Market!

Sue, KC, and Holly all made it safely back from the Summer Outdoor Retail Market in Denver, Colorado. What an exciting trip! The Directors made new contacts and were able to meet up with some of the Partners who came on board for the 2019 NTFF. Sue, KC, and Holly really appreciated the opportunity to meet with representatives of these companies and express a heartfelt “Thank you!” personally.

#mpowerd #stasherbags #4ocean #FinalStraw

The market covered almost every square inch of the Denver Convention Center, and spilled out onto the sidewalk in front. Thousands of people converged to learn about the latest products and celebrate all things outdoorsy. The energy was upbeat, everyone was friendly and willing to talk and share about their products.

The NatureTrack “cause” resonated with all of the people that the directors spoke with, and they have high hopes of continuing to add to NTFFs sponsor Partner family.

Back in Santa Barbara county, the directors are catching up on all of the films that have been submitted so far for the 2020 NTFF event. So many wonderful films from talented directors! Submissions are open through September 30 through FilmFreeway. 

The trip was a good opportunity to reenergize with synergy among like-minded nature enthusiasts and brainstorm between the directors about improved experiences for the 2020 NTFF. Sue, KC, and Holly are READY TO ROCK the next NatureTrack Film Festival!

Don’t forget to Save the Date: March 20-22, 2020 in Los Olivos, California!

NTFF Directors head to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market!

Trip to Outdoor Summer Market

Sue, KC, and Holly are hitting the road!

In a few days, the directors of the NatureTrack Film Festival will be hitting the road towards the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, CO. Known as North America’s largest tradeshow in the outdoor industry, ORSM draws attendees from around the world!

The directors will be sharing information about NatureTrack and inviting companies to check out the NatureTrack film festival. This is a great opportunity to learn about new products/trends and get to know like-minded businesses and organizations who appreciate the importance of getting kids connected with nature at an early age and are eager to support endeavors that get people of all ages excited about going outdoors and utilizing the excellent products they produce.

While there, Sue, KC, and Holly will be able to share information about the wonderful opportunities that abound within the Santa Ynez Valley area. Known for its excellent backcountry, biking, and horseback riding trails, in addition to its close proximity to Cachuma Lake and the Pacific ocean – visitors can enjoy fishing, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, kitesurfing, whale watching and more! AND – after a fun day, we know they’ll enjoy a world-class meal at one of our many top restaurants with a delightful glass of locally produced wine, before snuggling in at a comfortable hotel such as the Hampton Inn & Suites in Buellton or ForFriends Inn in Santa Ynez.

Stay tuned as the directors explore the Summer Market and introduce wonderful businesses to the NatureTrack family! and

Partner with us as we continue to bring inspiring films to the Santa Ynez Valley.

The NatureTrack Film Festival is dedicated to connecting our audiences to the natural world through the power of film.

There are six Partner levels to choose from, each offering a different menu of promotional opportunities for businesses to reach new audiences and show their support for this destination event.

As a Partner, you will have impact far beyond that of just a logo on a brochure. Proceeds support NatureTrack, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to taking K-12 students out on local trails and beaches during the traditional school day. Our mission at NatureTrack is to encourage students to embrace our natural world with respect and wonder, inspiring them to be stewards of our natural resources.

To Learn more about Sponsor Partnerships CLICK HERE.

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NTFF Reaches out to the Community for Like-Minded Partners!

Our Sponsor Partners are the BEST!

The NatureTrack Film Festival, a companion event supporting NatureTrack (a 501(c)3 non-profit) in its efforts to inspire K-12 students to embrace our natural world with respect and wonder through free outdoor field trips throughout the school year, has been honored to partner with many outstanding sponsors these past couple of years. With the support of these fine businesses, organizations, and individuals – the NatureTrack Film Festival has been able to showcase extraordinary films that “ignite a passion for nature.”

Recently, we were very pleased to partner with ForFriends Inn, a beautiful bed and breakfast located in the town of Santa Ynez. Their tagline ‘Arrive as Guests, Leave as Friends’ will extend to an exclusive NTFF ‘Multi-night, all-inclusive package’, in addition to their other wonderful packages offered throughout the year. Please join us in welcoming ForFriends Inn as NTFF’s latest Sponsor Partner.

As a Partner, you have impact far beyond that of just a logo on a brochure.

Proceeds support NatureTrack, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to taking K-12 students out on local trails and beaches during the traditional school day. Our mission at NatureTrack is to encourage students to embrace our natural world with respect and wonder, inspiring them to be stewards of our natural resources.

Download a Sponsor package, and see how you can become a Partner with NatureTrack! 

#ForFriendsInn #SantaYnez #2020NTFF #FilmFestival #SponsorsForACause