National Parks: America's Best Idea
Full Program: Examine the proliferation of protected lands and the protection of predatory animals. 01:53:40
San Antonio Missions: Keeping History Alive 12:07
Full Program: Filmmaker Ken Burns and his longtime colleague Dayton Duncan take us on a behind the scenes tour of their new PBS... 26:49
Ranger Shelton Johnson talks about winter in Yellowstone Park 02:00
Ranger Gerard Baker talks about Parks being real America 00:35
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Information For Teachers
- Grade Levels
- 6-8, 9-12
- Curricular Areas
- Science & Technology
- Social Studies
- Series Length
- 6 episodes
- Average Episode Length
- 121 minutes
- Record Rights
- Record and retain for 1 year from each broadcast. No duplication allowed.
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Series Description: The film is a human history set against the most stunning backdrop imaginable. The film works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters -- some famous, most not, from every walk of life -- who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some -- but not all --of how these majestic places came to be national parks.
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These episodes of National Parks: America's Best Idea aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.
- The Morning of Creation (1946-1980) (#106)
- Great Nature (1933-1945) (#105)
- Going Home (1920-1933) (#104)
- The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919) (#103)
- The Last Refuge (1890-1915) (#102)
- The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) (#101)