The University of Wyoming Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources will be hosting its third annual Wild and Working Lands Film Festival on Thursday, March 28 in Laramie. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will showcase seven short films that explore the connections between people and the landscapes where they live, work, and play.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at the Gryphon Theatre on 710 E. Garfield St., with the films beginning at 7 p.m. Additionally, a free public screening will be held at the Cody Theatre in Cody on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by the East Yellowstone Collaborative and friends.

The focus of the festival will be on stories set in the wild and rural areas of the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the high desert sagebrush steppe. The aim is to inspire audiences to gain a better understanding of the world and work towards a future where both people and natural environments thrive together.

Festival Director Anastasia Brady, UW Haub School special events coordinator, hopes to shine a spotlight on the innovative conservation initiatives happening across the West that benefit human communities and natural habitats. The showcased films not only highlight pioneering conservation efforts but also celebrate the deep connection between people and the land.

Topics covered in the films include conservation in the West, wildlife-friendly fencing, Indigenous traditions, migration paths, and sustainable fishing practices. Attendees at the Laramie screening can enjoy complimentary popcorn, with other snacks and beverages available for purchase.

For more information, to become a festival sponsor, or to host a screening of the festival in your community, visit the festival’s website or email Brady at

The University of Wyoming’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources is dedicated to advancing the understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resource issues. The school supports students, citizens, stakeholders, and decision-makers by providing the skills and tools needed to address the most pressing environmental challenges. Visit the school’s website for more information.

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