This 2-part series celebrates the dramatic stories, scenic beauty and sweeping history of California state parks - the most diverse collection of state parks in the nation.
It begins in Yosemite Valley in 1864 when it was set aside as California's first state park and gave birth to the park idea. The story moves to north coast redwoods; south coast beaches; Lake Tahoe to the Anza Borrego Desert; Big Sur and Point Lobos. State historic parks like Indian Grinding Rock, La Purisima Mission, Old Monterey, Gold Country and the magnificent Hearst Castle are monuments to the diversity of California's people.
The program then traces key battles for the preservation of California's most significant scenic, historic and scientific places, and underscores the driving force pushing the American Conservation movement. Prominent players pivotal in creating the state parks such as Frederick Law Olmsted, Teddy Roosevelt and John D. Rockefeller are brought to life. Also highlighted are the untold stories of ordinary citizens who took extraordinary measures to preserve California's remarkable scenery and landmark historic sites.