Scrape the ice off your windshield, button up your parka and make a date to enjoy the annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. Now in its 24th year, D.C.'s most buzzed about film festival will take place March 15-26. With the support of a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the festival will be presenting 130 films across the D.C. metro area. This year's theme, "Parks: Protecting the Wild," will delve into the vital role of parks and protected areas on our planet. Here are five child-friendly films being shown at this year's festival. For a full list of films, visit dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

Puffin Patrol (USA, 2015, 50 min.)

March 
15, 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. 
at the Embassy of Canada
 March 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, MD

On the remote coastlines of Maine, Wales and Newfoundland, scientists observe the annual life cycle of the Atlantic puffin to discover what this intriguing little bird can teach us about the dangers facing our natural world, while environmentalists fight to protect vulnerable chicks. Join the team of experts and puffin lovers on Puffin Patrol! Directed by Scott Dobson and produced by Charlotte Engel and Rosemary House.


Monkey Kingdom (USA, 2015, 81 min.)


March 19,
 10:30 a.m.,
 & March 20, 11:30 a.m. at the National Gallery of Art

In the Sri Lankan jungle, a newborn monkey and its mother struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a group of macaques living in a complex of ancient ruins. On top of the Troop's internal squabbles, they also coexist with diverse neighbors, from elephants to mongooses to the most perplexing of all - human beings. Seamlessly melding timeless storytelling and comic narration by Tina Fey with real scientific observations of macaque behavior, "Monkey Kingdom" is a delight for animal loving kids and adults alike. Directed and produced by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill. 


Tiny Giants 3D (UK, 2014, 44 min.)


March 19 at 3:30 p.m., AMC Loews Georgetown 14 in Washington, D.C.

A chipmunk in a forest and a grasshopper mouse in the Arizona desert face titanic battles when they find themselves alone for the first time. Thankfully, these little animals have remarkable superpowers that allow them to defy the odds and survive threats from all sides. Tiny Giants uses special 3D cameras to shrink audiences down to mouse height, immersing them in a thrilling miniature world. Narrated by legendary British actor Stephen Fry. Directed by Mark Brownlow and produced by Amanda Hill, Neil Nightingale, Mark Brownlow, and Michael Gunton.

Oddball (Australia, 2015, 95 min.)

March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Avalon Theatre

Off the south coast of Australia, foxes have taken over an island sanctuary home to the world's smallest penguins, damaging their population. But an eccentric chicken farmer and his precocious granddaughter hatch a plan to save the penguins: they'll train his mischievous sheepdog to guard them. Based on a true story, Oddball finds a wealth of kid-friendly hijinks in real-life conservation issues, teaching that anyone - 9-year-old girls, misbehaving dogs - can have a huge impact in saving endangered animals. Directed by Stuart McDonald.

Dark Side of the Chew (USA, 2014, 60 min.)

March 25 at 12 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C.


It's the world's second most common form of litter. It's invisible to most. Yet it lurks everywhere (including the bottoms of tables, desks and shoes). How did we become so addicted to chewing gum and how is our consumption of trillions of sticks a year impacting our health and our planet? Andrew Nisker travels the world and speaks to gobs of manufacturers, activists and scientists to unravel the entertaining, yet shocking truth behind our obsession with a seemingly innocuous product that is gumming up more than just our environment. Directed and produced by Andrew Nisker.