Several local conservation and education organizations are collaborating to show Camilla Rockwell’s 2010 film “Mother Nature’s Child” this fall. The first screening will be Saturday, Oct. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Watts Hall, Main Street/Route 1, sponsored by Georges River Land Trust and Herring Gut Learning Center.

Other screenings will take place in November and December in Damariscotta and Waldoboro, sponsored by Medomak Valley Land Trust, Damariscotta River Association and Pemaquid Watershed Association.

The film mirrors the premise of “Last Child In The Woods” by Richard Louv, which argues that children have an instinctive love for nature, and family members, educators and the community all have a role in supporting their vital outdoor experiences. “Mother Nature’s Child” tells stories of schools and programs that offer an antidote to what is described as “nature deficit disorder.”

The hour-long film on place-based education will be followed by a panel discussion with Les Hyde, retired Extension Education Director with Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center; Lynne Hall, RSU 13 school nurse; and Don Carpenter, Executive Director of Trekkers. The discussion is intended to raise questions among the audience about this issue in Midcoast Maine and what we can do in our communities to bring nature back into the lives of children.

Georges River Land Trust and Herring Gut Learning Center share a goal of connecting people with the outdoors. For further information on the Georges River Land Trust, its programs and other upcoming events visit grlt.org; or contact info@grlt.org or 594-5166. For further information on Herring Gut Learning Center, its programs and other upcoming events, visit herringgut.org; or contact info@herringgut.org or 372-8677.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.