for ages 13-17

This semester-long, project-based class welcomes homeschool teens who are passionate about nature, enthusiastic about the environment, and curious about storytelling. Exploring and working on technical skills will empower learners to make their voices heard on real-world topics that matter to them. Learners will receive instruction on components of storytelling, filming and editing, and researching questions – all culminating in a presentation of their own short video project in a screening showcase at the Arboretum.

schedule & pricing

Select Wednesdays in September, October, November, and December
1:00 – 3:00 pm
$265 member / $275 nonmember*


September 11 – How to Tell a Powerful Story for the Environment
September 18** – Story Sharing
September 25 – Storyboarding, Visual Storytelling


October 9 – Filming Part 1
October 16** – Environmental Films
October 23 – Filming Part 2


November 6 – Tools Tutorial, Filming Part 3
November 13** – Meeting with an Editor Q&A
November 20 – In-class Editing Session, Filming Wrap-up


December 4 – Finishing Touches, Pre-screening, Final Edits
December 11** – Lynn Cherry Environmental Filmmaker Q&A
December 18 – Showcase of Student Films with guests from Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation

*Family Tree Membership or above required for Member pricing.
**Online class

Arboretum Member registration opens Tuesday, August 6. Nonmember registration opens Tuesday, August 13. Become a Family Tree Member or above to access early registration and receive the Member rate.

Registration closes September 10 at noon.