The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Date: September 27, 2009

Ken Burns' six-part series
airs on local PBS stations beginning September 27

Arlington, VA 22202


Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales — from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska — "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" is nonetheless a story of people: people from every conceivable background — rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people 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. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration, set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable.

"The National Parks: America's Best Idea" is a six-episode series directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan.

Visit the PBS Web site to learn more.

The Pew Charitable Trusts provided support for "The National Parks: America's Best Idea."

Homepage photo credit: Arches National Park from the National Park Service Digital Image Archive.

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