Films: The Natural Environment

Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over 250 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.


Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam : 90 mins

The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.


Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore : 1 hr

High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.


Panama Canal

Panama Canal : 90 mins

The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.


Into the Deep

Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World : 2 hrs

The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.


Dinosaur Wars

Dinosaur Wars : 1 hr

The epic battle waged over dinosaur fossils by rival paleontologists in the American West.


Great Famine

The Great Famine : 1 hr

The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.


The Greely Expedition

The Greely Expedition : 1 hr

A daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism amongst a group left abandoned in the high Arctic.


The Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps : 1 hr

The New Deal program CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America.


Hurricane of 38

The Hurricane of '38 : 1 hr

Before radar had been invented a devastating hurricane hit America, surprising residents of the East Coast and killing more than 600 people.


Earth Days

Earth Days : 2 hrs

The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.


Surviving the Dust Bowl

Surviving the Dust Bowl : 1 hr

The story of the farmers who dreamed of prosperity and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.




Producer Picks

Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

Triangle Fire is one of three AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries to be honored with a win at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards.


Stonewall Uprising

Stonewall Uprising : 90 mins

Triangle Fire is one of three AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries to be honored with a win at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards.


Relevant Now

freedom summer

Freedom Summer : 2 hrs

2014 is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer