SCETV Presents

Cultivating the Wild

The enduring legacy of William Bartram, America’s first environmentalist.

Often called “the South’s Thoreau,” Bartram’s reverence for all aspects of nature lies at the heart of modern environmental movements and in the people we meet in this documentary.

About Cultivating the Wild

Cultivating the Wild focuses on six Southerners committed to reclaiming the nature of the South through art, science, and culture.Their inspiration is William Bartram, 18th century naturalist and America’s first environmentalist. From 1773 to 1777, a plant-collecting trip took Bartram from the Carolina coast west to the Mississippi. Far more than a botanical catalog, Bartram’s 1791 book Travels provides a captivating window into the past and continues to fire the imagination of readers over 200 years later. Despite the passage of time, Bartram’s words speak to current issues of critical importance. The film responds to an America hungry to re-connect with the natural world around us, an America increasingly focused on sustaining this planet we call home. Often called “the South’s Thoreau,” Bartram’s reverence for all aspects of nature lies at the heart of these modern environmental movements and in the people we meet in “Cultivating the Wild.”
Inside Cultivating the Wild
"Cultivating the Wild” focuses on six Southerners committed to reclaiming the nature of the South through art, science, and culture.
 
Check out this bonus behind-the-scenes clip of some of the scholars involved with the project.
Cultivating the Wild EXTRAS
Check out this bonus behind-the-scenes clip from the Fire Management Crew. Learn the importance of using fire responsibly to maintain overgrowth.
Check out this bonus behind-the-scenes clip of the composer Mary Cuchetti.