Inspiration is gained not only in the back country of national parks and grand wild spaces, but it is also discovered in one’s backyard. Making room for the natural world—whether in backyards or the back country—is as important for the human spirit as it is for the environment.

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The Vital Ground
Foundation helps preserve
the threatened grizzly bear, other animals, plants, and natural communities through habitat conservation.


EFILM is a digital lab
serving the motion picture
and television industries.


Dan Chuba is a fine artist
specializing in landscapes
and still life, whose work is currently on display at Aarnun Gallery in Pasadena, CA.

John’s latest exhibit, Tropics to Tundra, is currently showing at EFILM, in Los Angeles, CA, beginning March 18, 2010. The Original Collection, debuted at EFILM, with proceeds benefitting Vital Ground.
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John developed a love and respect for nature from his earliest days on family camping and fishing trips.  In 1972, he worked with the American Cetacean Society to educate people on the plight of the California Gray Whale.  Later, he trained and handled big cats, primates and elephants for Marine World, Africa U.S.A. in Redwood City, California.  Read more...