View all airtimes and episode descriptions for The National Parks: America's Best Idea. The 12-hour, six-part documentary series 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.
Watch "PBS Previews: The National Parks" online, and see clips from "The Untold Stories Project"
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Created by KQED, National Parks Educational Resources focus on finding and telling the "untold stories" of one's community and the creation of student-generated media projects.
Listen to audio archive of Ken Burns talking about about Diversity and National Parks, from KQED Radio's Forum.
Learn more about the series, get involved, and more on pbs.org.
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