The National Parks

When we premiered Ken Burn’s “National Parks: America’s Best Idea” in September of 2009 the viewer response was overwhelming.   They are beautiful programs and as the summer vacation season approaches I thought it might be a good time to once again remind viewers of the wonders of our national parks.

“National Parks: America’s Best Idea”  is a 12 hour documentary Burn’s describes as,  a human history set against the most stunning backdrop imaginable.  The program tackles the story of the parks chronologically, through the history of the national parks.  It features folks from just about every walk of life who dedicated their lives to insuring we all could enjoy these places for many years.   Burn’s takes the viewer on an exploration.  We learn  how the national park system came to be and examine some, but not all, of how these majestic places came to be national parks.

The series kicks off this Sunday at 3:30pm on WOSU TV with episode one.  In this first episode we see how the astonishing beauty of Yosemite Valley and the geyser wonderland of Yellowstone gives birth to the radical idea of creating national parks for the enjoyment of everyone and John Muir becomes their eloquent defender.

On episode two which begins at 5:30pm, a young president, Theodore Roosevelt, becomes one of the national parks’ greatest champions.  In Yellowstone, a magnificent species is rescued from extinction; and in Yosemite, John Muir fights the battle of his life to save a beautiful valley.

This series will continue every Sunday afternoon on WOSU TV , with the final two episodes concluding May 13.  I sure hope you’re able to find some time to enjoy these beautiful programs.