Through the prism of our nation’s diverse population, this film tells the story of the national park idea and how it evolved over the course of 150 years. It weaves together stories of extraordinary people from a wide variety of backgrounds who devoted their lives to preserving and protecting these special places for everyone, for all time. The film is a prequel to the acclaimed documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, selected clips of which screened at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital in 2009. Directed by Ken Burns. Produced by Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey.
Introduced by Robert Stanton, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Department of the Interior. Discussion with filmmaker Julie Dunfey follows screening.