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The National Parks: America's Best Idea is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. As such, it follows in the tradition of Burns's exploration of other American inventions, such as baseball and jazz.

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Major funding is provided by General Motors, Evelyn & Walter Haas,Jr. Fund, CPB; Bank of America; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Park Foundation, Inc; PBS; National Park Foundation; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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  •  Morning of Creation (1946-1980)

    Examine the proliferation of protected lands and the protection of predatory animals.


  • PBS Previews

    A behind the scenes tour of the new Ken Burns series starting this September 27th at 8/7c.


  • PBS Previews

    A behind the scenes tour of the new Ken Burns series airing this September.


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