The National Parks

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Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales, the film is a story of people from every conceivable background—rich and poor, soldiers and scientists, natives and newcomers—who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.

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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Video thumbnail: The National Parks S1: Mr. President Goes to Yellowstone

The National Parks

S1: Mr. President Goes to Yellowstone

Explore Yellowstone National Park with President Obama and his family!

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S1: Mr. President Goes to Yellowstone

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The National Parks

S1: The National Parks: Muir and Roosevelt

Pres. Teddy Roosevelt travels to Yosemite and camps with John Muir.

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S1: The National Parks: Muir and Roosevelt

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Video thumbnail: The National Parks S1: The National Parks: George Melendez Wright

The National Parks

S1: The National Parks: George Melendez Wright

George Melendez Wright changed how the Park Service preserved wildlife.

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S1: The National Parks: George Melendez Wright

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The National Parks

S1: The National Parks: Grand Tetons

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

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S1: The National Parks: Grand Tetons

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The National Parks

S1: The National Parks: Great Nature

Obata discusses Nature and it's impact on his art

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S1: The National Parks: Great Nature

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The National Parks

S1: The National Parks: New Land

Dayton Duncan talks about seeing the lava flow in Hawaii

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S1: The National Parks: New Land

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The National Parks

S1: The National Parks: Ranger Baker

Ranger Gerard Baker talks about Parks being real America

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S1: The National Parks: Ranger Baker

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The National Parks

S1: The National Parks: TR and Grand Canyon

Pres. Teddy Roosevelt travels to the Grand Canyon

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S1: The National Parks: TR and Grand Canyon

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Video thumbnail: The National Parks S1 Ep1: The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) - Preview

The National Parks

S1 Ep1: The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) - Preview

Examine the radical idea of creating national parks for the enjoyment of everyone.

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S1 Ep1: The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) - Preview

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Video thumbnail: The National Parks S1 Ep2: The Last Refuge (1890-1915) - Preview

The National Parks

S1 Ep2: The Last Refuge (1890-1915) - Preview

THE NATIONAL PARKS: America's Best Idea rebroadcasts April 25-30 on PBS!

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S1 Ep2: The Last Refuge (1890-1915) - Preview

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Video thumbnail: The National Parks S1 Ep3: The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919) - Preview

The National Parks

S1 Ep3: The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919) - Preview

THE NATIONAL PARKS: America's Best Idea rebroadcasts April 25-30 on PBS!

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S1 Ep3: The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919) - Preview

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Video thumbnail: The National Parks S1 Ep4: Going Home (1920-1933) - Preview

The National Parks

S1 Ep4: Going Home (1920-1933) - Preview

THE NATIONAL PARKS: America's Best Idea rebroadcasts April 25-30 on PBS!

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S1 Ep4: Going Home (1920-1933) - Preview

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