National Wildlife Federation is teaming up with Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in a trilogy of films adapting The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a variety of activities that underscore the film’s themes of courage, community and home. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), opens in theaters and IMAX® 3D December 13, 2013. As the education partner for the film, the National Wildlife Federation is providing online resources to help students, educators, parents and individuals start their own community wildlife habitat.
NWF is hosting a sweepstakes for a complimentary private screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The sweepstakes deadline is 11:59 p.m. on December 20, 2013. To enter, please go to: www.nwf.org/thehobbitmovie.
The movie continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. NWF will encourage students and adults to take actions in their own community, through NWF programs, such as NWF’s Community Wildlife Habitat, Certified Wildlife Habitat® and Schoolyard Habitats.
Students, teachers and individuals are encouraged to enter NWF's sweepstakes and answer the question: "What would you do to reclaim your Homeland?” at www.nwf.org/thehobbitmovie and describe what actions they or their class, school, community group or family are taking to improve the environment - at school, at home or in the community. Individuals could win a private screening for up to 100 friends and group members.
"We hope the popularity of ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy and the themes of courage, community and sense of place will inspire moviegoers and fans of the book to come together to reclaim the places they love," says Carey Stanton, NWF’s senior director for education.
Just as the adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins and his companions into the “Wild,” NWF provides loads of fun outdoor activities and online tools to locate parks, campgrounds, nature centers, zoos, and other places to explore the outdoors. See how to make being outdoors an easy, fun and healthy part of everyday life and learn what actions you can take to help the environment.
To preview the trailer and for more information about the film, please visit: http://www.thehobbit.com/.
About The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Under the direction of Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” features a screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson. Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens serving as co-producer.
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” All three films in “The Hobbit” Trilogy, including the final film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.