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National Parks: America's Best Idea National Parks: America's Best Idea


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.

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Share your stories about national parks, or explore stories already posted on this site.

Educator Resources

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.

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Interview with Ken Burns

Listen to audio archive of Ken Burns talking about about Diversity and National Parks, from KQED Radio's Forum.

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Saving the Bay Robert Redford narrates this timely KQED production about one of America's greatest natural resources--San Francisco Bay.

QUEST- National Parks Special Once, national parks were thought of only as remote areas. But the Bay Area has led the way in helping America redefine what a national park is. Watch Online Now!

THIS IS US - National Parks Special The oldest park ranger and the Buffalo Soldiers Trail, plus 5 more stories in KTEH's series about the peoples of the South Bay.

American Experience: National Conservation Corps Within weeks of his inauguration, FDR proposed legislation, providing relief for one of every four unemployed Americans. The Civilian Conservation Corps provided jobs in natural resource conservation.

Botany of Desire Based on Michael Pollan's best-selling book about a plant's view of the world and how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history.

Forever Wild The glory of undeveloped wild places and the passionate tales of America's modern wilderness heroes.

Tavis Smiley interviewed Ken Burns on 9/15/09: Watch Online Now

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The California Report - Profile of a Yosemite Ranger National Parks pointed a way out of urban Los Angeles for one man who became a park ranger.

The California Report - Retracing Muir's Footsteps A Stanford student sets out on a 300-mile walking trip from Oakland to Yosemite, using 21st century tools to document conservation efforts.

QUEST - Soundscapes of National Parks There are many ways to measure the health of a park, but we look at an often overlooked vital sign: the park's sound.

Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail Exploration

Outdoor Explorations from QUEST

Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail Exploration

Pescadero State Beach Exploration

Muir Woods National Monument Exploration

Natural Bridges SB Tidepools Exploration

Samuel P. Taylor State Park Exploration

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve Exploration

Briones Regional Park Exploration

Alum Rock Exploration

Crissy Field Exploration

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A new KQED storytelling podcast about people making dramatic, risky changes, told by award-winning public radio reporters Amy Standen and Judy Campbell.

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KQED's national half-hour weekly series showcases short student films from across the country. Watch well-crafted films online now.

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