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The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)

Examine the radical idea of creating national parks for the enjoyment of everyone.

The Last Refuge (1890-1915)

Investigate the efforts of Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and others to protect the land.

The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919)

Learn about the federal agency created to protect the parks.

Going Home (1920-1933)

Encounter the growing numbers of visitors to the parks.

Great Nature (1933-1945)

Learn about the changes to the national parks during the Great Depression and WWII.

Morning of Creation (1946-1980)

Examine the proliferation of protected lands and the protection of predatory animals.

About The National Parks

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.

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