The National Parks: America's Best Idea

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    • Going Home (1920-1933)
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      9/30/09
      9.0
      Park Service Director Stephen Mather sees the possibilities of motor traffic for increasing the use of the park system and installs many more roadways within their boundaries. The Grand Tetons of Wyoming and the Great Smoky Mountains are among the newest areas to be designated as National Parks.
    • Great Nature (1933-1945)
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      10/1/09
      9.0
      The Great Depression proves to have an unexpected benefit for the National Parks as Franklin Roosevelt's Civilian Conservations Corps makes substantial improvements to the park system. The National Park Service begins to emphasize ecosystem preservation, something that drives the creation of Florida's Everglades National Park.
    • The Last Refuge (1890-1915)
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      9/28/09
      8.9
      A conservationist movement grows and due to the efforts of the newly-formed Audubon Society and Sierra Club, Congress finally begins to pass Federal laws designating what people can and can not do in National Parks.
    • 9/29/09
      8.8
      As questions arise of how the National Parks should function, the National Park Service is created to uniformly administer America's park system and to seek out and protect new areas of intrinsic worth.
    • 9/27/09
      8.8
      Transplanted Scotsman John Muir documents the beauty of what is now known as Yosemite National Park and the United States makes the first efforts to protect this area and Yellowstone for all citizens to enjoy.
    • 10/2/09
      8.3
      As the parks enter the current era, they embrace modern principles of environmentalism rather than the simple preservation of scenic localities. At the same time, a booming post-war nation makes use of the National Parks in staggering numbers - placing more stress on the growing system than ever before.
    • The Scripture of Nature
      The Scripture of Nature
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      5/19/17
      0.0
    • Leave It as It Is
      Leave It as It Is
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      6/9/17
      0.0
    • The Windows of Heaven
      The Windows of Heaven
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      6/24/17
      0.0
    • Going Home
      Going Home
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      7/1/17
      0.0
    • The Making of The National Parks
      Season 0 - Episode 1
      9/27/09
      0.0
      Filmmaker Ken Burns and his longtime colleague Dayton Duncan take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of their series THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA.
    • Poets and Kindred Spirits
      Poets and Kindred Spirits
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      7/28/17
      0.0
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