Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses - in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behaviour - all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.
We follow Katie, a young girl, and her modern family living next to the woods who are blind to the real-life spectacle around them, absorbed by an array of electronic devices in their busy lives. Katie gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden so close to her front door and we experience the joy she finds in her interactions with this new 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 that could transform you forever – you just need to step outside.
Backyard Wilderness can be used in a variety of ways to augment science lessons and school curricula for a wide range of ages and grade levels, from kindergarten to high school. Whether it's witnessing how the environment is influenced by human activities, how species depend on one another for survival or how ecosystems change throughout the seasons, there are many ways teachers can use the film to enrich their lesson plans and instill lifelong learning for a number of subject matters. The film meets U.S. Next Generation Science Standards in many key areas.