The Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour, hosted by Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, returns to Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 2. New this year, Oysterhead Pizza Co. will offer beer, wine and pizza for sale, and Rising Tide Co-op is once again providing a complimentary dessert and coffee bar.

Tickets are $10, $5 for kids 16 and under, and free for Coastal Rivers members and may be reserved online at www.coastalrivers.org/events.

Now in its 17th year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour is a selection of short films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, California. The films are about environmental concerns, outdoor adventure, and finding connection to nature.

The nine short films to be screened include “The Guardian Elephant Warriors of Reteti,” which documents the work of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the first community-owned and -run elephant sanctuary in Africa — an oasis where orphans grow up learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds. It tells a story of the changing relationship between people and the animals they are protecting.

“In Celebration of Open Space” was produced in Maine. Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park pursues collaborative solutions to environmental problems. In 2018, the institute worked with organizations and volunteers from Maine, the United States, and more than 19 countries to enhance understanding of the land and seascapes of Acadia National Park and surrounding areas. After volunteers spent time outside walking, observing, and recording data, they were asked: What does open space mean to you?

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by watershed advocacy group South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in California in 2003. The festival’s name is in celebration of SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999.

The five-day event in Nevada City features over 150 award-winning films and welcomes over 100 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. The home festival kicks off the international tour to over 200 communities around the globe.

The festival is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism. With the support of Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour’s national partners, Peak Design, Klean Kanteen, EarthJustice, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Hipcamp, the festival can reach an even larger audience.

The event is a natural extension of Coastal Rivers’ work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment. For more information, call 563-1393, email info@coastalrivers.org, or visit coastalrivers.org.