Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet
Walkin' Jim in Cooks Forest

Walkin’ Jim Stoltz in Cooks Forest during a visit to Moshannon County · Photo by Gary Thornbloom

Envinity sustainable and green home presentation

Envinity Green Homes presentation at Schlow Library, Spring 2008 · Photo by Laura Piraino

Walkin Jim brings the wilderness to local schoolchildren

Walkin’ Jim Stoltz brings his wilderness experiences to local schoolchildren courtesy of the Moshannon Group · Photo by Gary Thornbloom

Wild PA presentation

Wild Pennsylvania presentation by Micheal Gadomsky · Photo by Gary Thormbloom

Moshannon Group Events and Presentations

All events are open to the public as well as Moshannon Group members. For more information on any of these programs, or to contribute ideas for programs that would be of interest to our members, contact Moshannon Group Chair Gary Thornbloom by email.

For information on the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, contact Moshannon Group Film Festival Coordinator Lynne Heritage at LLHeritage@comcast.net or 814-571-8063.

If you know of an event that would be of interest to our site visitors or members, please send it to our Webmaster for consideration to be listed on our home page.

Upcoming Presentations

Saturday, January 31 • 7 p.m.
Tapped: An unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water
The State Theatre, State College

Tapped details the social and ecological impact of the bottled water industry and demonstrates how our water usage policies exacerbate climate disruption. For example:

  • Large reservoirs, particularly in warm climates like Brazil, emit as much carbon dioxide from the decomposition of organic material as the dirtiest coal burning plant.
  • Large corporations like Pepsico and Nestle extract groundwater for bottling and deny the people who live in the area from utilizing the water that is necessary for all life.
  • Millions of children in poor countries, whose families cannot afford to purchase bottled water, must drink water that is contaminated with pollutants and bacteria and thousands die from water borne diseases.
  • In our country many communities face drying up of wells and the loss of river systems that provide habitat for many plant and animal species.

A loss of fresh water is the first crisis of climate change. Join us for this instructive film.

Tickets available through State Theatre Box Office.

Well Fern

Sunday, February 23 • 5:30 p.m.
Moshannon Group Winter Party featuring
The Invasion of New Zealand’s Isolated Ecology
Friends Meeting House,
611 E Propsect Ave, State College

Moshannon Group members and nonmembers are welcome — bring a guest!

An opportunity to discuss conservation, issues, and outings including a short presentation at 7 p.m. by our incoming Chair, Ernest Boyd, that will include images, observations, and ecological lessons from his recent visit to New Zealand (see January 2014 Newsletter for background on the New Zealand presentation).

Dinner at 6 p.m. includes chili with organic local beef or vegan chili option! Bring a dessert to share if you wish.

RSVP Tickets are $5 (covers meal). Contact Kat Alden via email or at 814-349-5830 to RSVP remotely, or get your Winter Party tickets at Appalachian Outdoors or Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe.

Thursday, March 20 • 7 p.m.
A Fierce Green Fire: The battle for a living planet
The State Theatre, State College

A Fierce Green Fire flyer

This film the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement — grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization... the film tells vivid stories about people fighting — and succeeding — against enormous odds.

The film is divided into five "acts."

Act 1 focuses on the conservation movement of the 60s, David Brower and the Sierra Club's battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon. Narrated by Robert Redford.

Act 2 looks at the new environmental movement of the 70s with its emphasis on pollution, focusing on the battle led by Lois Gibbs over Love Canal. Narrated by Ashley Judd.

Act 3 is about alternative ecology strands and the main story is Greenpeace's campaign to save the whales. Narrated by Van Jones.

Act 4 explores global resource issues and crises of the 80s, focusing on the struggle to save the Amazon led by Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers. Narrated by Isabel Allende.

Act 5 concerns climate change. Narrated by Meryl Streep.

Q&A to follow film. Tickets available through The State Theatre Box Office.

About Moshannon Group Presentations

Our regular presentations feature speakers on important local conservation issues and outdoor adventures. Our presentations are usually held during the autumn, winter, and spring months.

Our preferred location is the community room at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 South Allen Street in downtown State College. We occasionally hold events in other locations, such as the community meeting room at State College Borough Municipal Building, next door to the Schlow Library.