Backyard Wilderness Film Opens 9/14 at American Museum of Natural History

Backyard Wilderness Film Opens 9/14 at American Museum of Natural History

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are in our own neighborhoods and communities, arming explorers of all ages with the tools and inspiration to discover the wonders of nature at their fingertips. The film reveals animal inhabitants in rare and breathtaking detail captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests and moving along forest floors and pond bottoms.

Backyard Wilderness follows a young girl, Katie, and her modern family living next to the woods. Absorbed by an array of electronic devices in their busy lives, Katie and her family are blind to the natural splendor all around them. The audience will accompany Katie as she gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden close to her front door and experience her joyful interactions with this newly uncovered world. The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters, and that sometimes in ordinary places you can uncover extraordinary things with the potential to transform you forever-you just need to step outside.

Screening through June 30, 2019, Backyard Wilderness will be shown daily in the Museum's Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm, and in 3D at 10:30 am and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. Times are subject to change. To purchase tickets in advance, the public should call 212-769-5200 or A service charge may apply.

Released by SK Films (Flight of the Butterflies, Amazon Adventure), the film is an Arise Media/Archipelago Films production in collaboration with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and was created by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmakers Andrew Young and Susan Todd.

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The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world's preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum encompasses 45 permanent exhibition halls, including those in the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions. It is home to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, New York State's official memorial to its 33rd governor and the nation's 26th president, and a tribute to Roosevelt's enduring legacy of conservation. The Museum's five active research divisions and three cross-disciplinary centers support approximately 200 scientists, whose work draws on a world-class permanent collection of more than 34 million specimens and artifacts, as well as specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data, and one of the largest natural history libraries in the world. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the only American museum authorized to grant the Ph.D. degree. Beginning in 2015, the Richard Gilder Graduate School also began granting the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, the only such freestanding museum program. Annual visitation has grown to approximately 5 million, and the Museum's exhibitions and Space Shows are seen by millions more in venues on six continents. The Museum's website, mobile apps, and MOOCs (massive open online courses) extend its scientific research and collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to additional audiences around the globe. Visit for more information.

Photo Credit: Arise Media/Archipelago Films

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