The National Parks

Premiered 2009

The National Parks: America's Best Idea is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. As such, it follows in the tradition of Burns's exploration of other American inventions, such as baseball and jazz.

Major funding is provided by General Motors, Evelyn & Walter Haas,Jr. Fund, CPB; Bank of America; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Park Foundation, Inc; PBS; National Park Foundation; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Episodes 2

The National Parks

PBS Previews

A behind the scenes tour of the new Ken Burns series starting this September 27th at 8/7c.

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The National Parks

PBS Previews

A behind the scenes tour of the new Ken Burns series airing this September.

24:49

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The National Parks: An Introduction

Introductory clip from THE NATIONAL PARKS: America's Best Idea, a film by Ken Burns.

7:18

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Mr. President Goes to Yellowstone

Watch never before seen footage of the First Family's trip to Yellowstone last summer.

11:48

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The National Parks: Grand Tetons

Terry Tempest Williams talks about what the Grand Tetons mean to her

1:44

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The National Parks: New Land

Dayton Duncan talks about seeing the lava flow in Hawaii

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Great Nature (1933-1945) - Preview

Airs Friday, September 6, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

0:30

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Going Home (1920-1933) - Preview

Airs Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

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