Video: National Parks: America's Best Idea
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.
George Melendez Wright was the first person in history to propose and conduct a survey of wildlife and plantlife conditions in America's parks. 03:55
Over a montage of images of the country's most spectacular landscapes — from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite — writer Dayton Duncan talks about the notion that is at the heart of the park idea:... 02:26
Ken Burns's newest film depicts Theodore Roosevelt's first visit to the grandest canyon of them all. Upon seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time, President Roosevelt was overwhelmed by its... 03:15