University of Lynchburg’s Claytor Nature Center, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Central Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Naturalist Program, will present the documentary Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.
The screening, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Sydnor Performance Hall at Schewel Hall.
Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home was produced by award-winning director of photography Catherine Zimmerman. It shows homeowners, landowners, and community leaders how to improve wildlife habitat and revitalize ecosystems in their yards and neighborhoods.
The film includes interviews with Dr. Doug Tallamy, professor of entomology at the University of Delaware and author of Bringing Nature Home, a book about the importance of native plantings to the sustainability of insects, birds, and other wildlife. Dr. Tallamy’s book will be for sale at the event.
After the film, there will be a panel discussion involving Dr. Greg Eaton, director of Claytor Nature Center; Robert Jennings, Virginia grassroots and field specialist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; and Carol Heiser, habitat education coordinator for the VDGIF.
Accompanying the film, there will be hands-on activities, educational displays, plant and book vendors, door prizes, and an ice cream social. The event will run from 1 to 5:30 p.m. No preregistration is required, seating is first-come-first-served, and all ages are welcome. All participants will receive a VDGIF “Habitat at Home” booklet.