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An interactive documentary project that uses technology to engage people with natural spaces in an urban environment.
205 backers pledged $10,753 to help bring this project to life.

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THE PROJECT

Wander, Wonder, Wilderness is an interactive documentary project that explores the urban wilds and parks of Greater Boston. It celebrates the importance of nature-based experiences in an increasingly technological world.

Its multi-platform approach includes a long form essay film, smartphone application, and interactive website. One part history lesson, one part ecological perspective, and one part poetic rumination, the essay film chronicles a range of ideas around landscape, evolving notions of wilderness, and personal meditations on the environment. The mobile app and website will allow participants to visit green spaces and capture their own experiences in the form of picture, sound, and text.

A preview of the WWW mobile app
A preview of the WWW mobile app

It is clear that technology tends to pull us away from nature, but it also provides a creative opportunity. Wander, Wonder, Wilderness empowers users to crowd source diverse nature-inspired content, catalyzing a collective dialogue around the significance of green spaces in an urban environment.

The project team has been hard at work on a general user version of the mobile app which will be available in a limited pilot release this fall. We are also developing an educational version that can be used by high school and college students as a location based learning tool, providing users with information about the natural sites they are visiting, educational activities, and creative tools to document their experiences and thoughts.

THE CAMPAIGN

Though the film is complete, we need your help in order to fully complete the mobile app and website, and enable the project to reach its full potential.

The funds from this campaign will be used to conduct comprehensive user testing for developing refinements to the app and to expand the website to include interactive maps, timelines and data visualizations of our users' experiences. Building on this foundation, these crucial funds will also go towards the development of the educational version of the mobile and online experience, encouraging high school and college students across the region to get outside into the dynamic classroom of nature.

There are hundreds of green spaces in the Greater Boston area!
There are hundreds of green spaces in the Greater Boston area!

These are some of the important costs you can help us cover:

·Website developer for interactive galleries of user content - $2,000

·Mobile app refinements for full version release - $4,000

·Purchase of mobile technology for classroom use of the app - $2,000

·Educational workshops for regional schools - $2,000 ($250 creates the opportunity to do comprehensive presentations with a location based learning exercise for two classes at a local high school)

Any amount you give will help towards reaching our goal.

Thank you!!!

The WWW Team

Interested in our project and want to keep in touch? Like us on Facebook or follow @wanderwilds!

Risks and challenges

We could have setbacks related to building the final version of the app and any other technology-related delays. In addition, there is a potential that we encounter obstacles with school boards and curriculum regulations while trying to integrate the project into schools.

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    A big ol’ virtual tree hug from all of us on the Wander team.

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    A virtual tree hug from us and a shout out on our website.

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    The above, plus three downloadable stills of green spaces in Boston. They work great as desktop backgrounds and transport you to an urban wild!

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    SPECIAL OFFER: A beta version of the app for your iPhone and a WWW bandana. This will allow you to discover urban wilds all across Greater Boston and provide you with tools to record your experiences. You will be able to provide us with feedback as we continue to refine and build the app so it can better serve you and the rest of the community. The bandana is for wiping sweat from your brow...you'll be doing a lot of wandering!

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    The above, plus a WWW bandana.

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    The above plus a WWW reuseable totebag (so green!) AND a digital download of the film AND a digital download of "Rising Blue" by composer John Morrison, the talented composer behind the film's soundtrack!

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    If you're not in the Boston area (or you simply don't want to be a beta tester for our app), don't worry! You can donate $100 and collect all the above rewards, plus a Wander, Wonder, Wilderness t-shirt. Who doesn't love tees?!

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    Attention Greater Boston residents! If you want a chance to be a beta tester for our app (that means before it’s released in the App Store) choose this reward. You’ll become one of the first 1000 users in November who can download a unique mobile app license to use and join our vanguard community of users. Probably best if you have a smart phone for this reward! (Want the app right now? Check out our $250 reward)

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    If you're in the Boston area and you can't wait to get your hands on the WWW app, you're in luck! This reward allows you to get an exclusive first look at the app and generate some of the very first user content. Oh yeah, and you'll get all of the above rewards too (including the WWW tee!). Awesome, right?

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    Again, if you're not from Beantown, never fear. We'll give you all the above rewards plus a Wander, Wonder, Wilderness canteen. (This reward isn't just exclusive to outta townahhs, feel free to select this reward if you live in Boston and you just want some nice WWW gear.)

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    The above rewards (to recap: a virtual hug, three high res stills, downloadable film soundtrack, a Wander, Wonder, Wilderness bandana, tee, and canteen, and a limited edition BluRay of the film) plus a chance to tour a green space of your choice in Boston with the Wander, Wonder, Wilderness team.

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    The above (to recap: a virtual hug, three high res stills, downloadable track "Rising Blue", a Wander, Wonder, Wilderness bandana, tee, and canteen, a limited edition BluRay of the film, and a chance to tour a green space of your choice in Boston with the Wander, Wonder, Wilderness team) plus a chance to bring the Wander team to your school, work, or home where they will carry out a unique excursion on the mobile app in a nearby green space.

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Funding period

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