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Local Sponsorship

The National Parks is sponsored regionally on WSIU Public Television by The Department of Forestry and College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Wednesdays at 8pm Through March 3rd

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.

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Dayton Duncan on the "Park Idea"

  • Dayton Duncan on the "Park Idea"
  • William Cronon on His Life-Changing Experiences in the Parks
  • Carl Pope on the Parks and Democracy
  • Shelton Johnson on a Transcendent Moment in Yellowstone
  • Terry Tempest Williams on the Parks as Places of Love

Regional Sponsors

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National Sponsors

Bank of America Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr Fund Corporation for Public Broadcasting The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Park Foundation

National Park Foundation The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation The Pew Charitable TrustsGM

THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA is a co-production of

Florentine Films and WETA

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