A Saturday film screening and shopping for a snazzy new dress might not normally make you think of conservation outreach, but Conservation Nation isn’t just any old fundraising initiative …
First off, fierce fashion.
Clothing brand Lilly Pulitzer has long been known for its cheerful patterns and ‘60s silhouettes—now it’s also known for making an impact for animals in the wild. On April 6, five Washington D.C.-area stores banded together to host a shop and share event, with 10 percent of their busy in-store Saturday’s proceeds benefiting Conservation Nation. The final amount raised? More than $2,300.
Throughout the day, employees spread the word about Conservation Nation’s 2019 showcase projects. They also provided creature-themed snacks and pointed out some of the store’s fun animal patterns, including colorful designs featuring pandas, turtles and foxes.
Lights, camera, action (for elephants)!
More than 100 films screened at the Environmental Film Festival this March, and the ongoing event was co-hosted by environmentally focused venues across Washington D.C.—from the National Geographic Museum to the Museum of Natural History.
One such screening on March 16 featured the work of a Conservation Nation scientist who joined a panel discussion to talk about his ongoing project to save Asian elephants in Myanmar. Scientist Shifra Goldenberg, international project manager and research fellow for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, is also heading a 2019 Conservation Nation showcase project to track and personality test elephants who were formerly in work camps.
At the screening, Conservation Nation hosted a booth featuring a real elephant GPS tracking collar for guests to view, and elephant enthusiasts were encouraged to learn more about how important it is for researchers to have the tools they need to track pachyderm movements in the wild.
Thank you to the fine folks at the Environmental Film Festival for helping to spread the word about one of Conservation Nation’s projects!