Jesse Dylan and Wondros Give Nature a Voice

The Nature Conservancy is thrilled to announce the premiere of four short films produced by Jesse Dylan and his creative film team at Wondros

Arlington, VA | November 29, 2012

The Nature Conservancy is thrilled to announce the premiere of four short films produced by Jesse Dylan and his creative film team at Wondros. These compelling films highlight how The Nature Conservancy’s work impacts people.

"What is so unusual about The Nature Conservancy is that they are coming up with innovative ways to connect people, community and nature,” said Jesse Dylan, the award-winning film producer and founder of Wondros. “They are not only taking care of our land, but the people who live on this land.”

Thanks to Dylan and his team, these films give a much-needed voice to several of The Nature Conservancy’s community-based conservation efforts.

“We're extremely pleased to be working with Jesse on this important project,” says Geof Rochester, The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Marketing Officer. “He's one of the foremost in the pro-social filmmaking space. It’s imperative that the environmental movement tell more urgent, emotional, and compelling stories about the valuable role that nature continues to play in our resource-constrained lives.”

Each film does just that. They each tell a unique story, focusing on nature’s benefits to people and communities across North America.

  • Nature Brought Us Together: Things had gotten so bad in Bayview, a small community in Southeastern Virginia, people were living in third-world conditions with no running water or sewage systems. Working together with The Nature Conservancy, the residents of Bayview developed a plan to chart a course forward, for both the people and the landscape.
  • Nature Opened My Eyes: Joshua Carrera's story may have started out like that of most kids growing up in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, but it certainly takes a different turn. At age 17, Josh joined The Nature Conservancy's Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program. He spent four weeks in Vermont – an experience that changed his life forever.
  • Nature Preserves Our Future: "It takes a community to ranch together," says Shane Daniels. "And if we don't bring young families back to this rural community, it's just going to dwindle away and die." Thanks to the Conservancy's Beginning Rancher Program, Shane and Kristi Daniels, along with their four daughters, are now the proud owners of Horse Creek Fen Ranch near Mullen, Nebraska.
  • Nature Shapes My Community: At first, Bill Blue wasn't sure he wanted to work with The Nature Conservancy. Like most fisherman in Morro Bay, he was skeptical of environmental groups. But Bill and other fisherman like him are working with the Conservancy to implement more sustainable fishing methods in order to protect nature and preserve California's maritime heritage.

To view and share these films, and learn more about the projects and the people behind these inspiring conservation stories, please visit today.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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