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Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales, the film is a story of people from every conceivable background—rich and poor, soldiers and scientists, natives and newcomers—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.

Explore the beauty and grandeur of our nation’s magnificent parks.
Investigate the efforts of Theodore Roosevelt and others to preserve pristine lands.
Examine the radical idea of creating national parks for the enjoyment of everyone.
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.
Episodes
Investigate the efforts of Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and others to protect the land.
Learn about the federal agency created to protect the parks.
Encounter the growing numbers of visitors to the parks.
Learn about the changes to the national parks during the Great Depression and WWII.
Examine the proliferation of protected lands and the protection of predatory animals.
Extras
The story of an idea as American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical.
Listen to park ranger, Shelton Johnson, as he discusses his arrival at Yellowstone.
Dayton Duncan, talks about the notion that is at the heart of the park idea.
The Civilian Conservation Corp worked on National Parks Service projects under FDR.
Explore Yosemite National Park and its early days under President Theodore Roosevelt.
Writer Ruth Kirk describes how the Grand Canyon leaves her awestruck.
Examine the proliferation of protected lands and the protection of predatory animals.
Learn about the changes to the national parks during the Great Depression and WW II.
Encounter the growing numbers of visitors to the parks.
Discover efforts to protect the parks and the fight over the Grand Canyon.