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The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919)

In the early 20th century, America has a dozen national parks, but they are a haphazard patchwork of special places under the supervision of different federal agencies. The conservation movement, after failing to stop the Hetch Hetchy dam, pushes the government to establish one unified agency to oversee all the parks, leading to the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916.
Season 1 Episode 3 Length 1:52:33 Premiere: 4/25/16

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Major funding is provided by General Motors, Evelyn & Walter Haas,Jr. Fund, CPB; Bank of America; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Park Foundation, Inc; PBS; National Park Foundation; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Host Dr. Wayne Tuckson in a dark shirt and gray jacket on the program set with a "Check Schedule" button.Host Dr. Wayne Tuckson in a dark shirt and gray jacket on the program set with a "Check Schedule" button.

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The National Parks

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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Season 1 Episodes

Morning of Creation (1946-1980)

S1 E6 Length 1:55:42 Premiere Date 4/25/16

Great Nature (1933-1945)

S1 E5 Length 1:55:41 Premiere Date 4/25/16

Going Home (1920-1933)

S1 E4 Length 1:56:43 Premiere Date 4/25/16

The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919)

S1 E3 Length 1:52:33 Premiere Date 4/25/16

The Last Refuge (1890-1915)

S1 E2 Length 2:13:24 Premiere Date 4/25/16

The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)

S1 E1 Length 1:55:41 Premiere Date 4/25/16


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Length 13:37 Premiere Date 6/27/12

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Length 14:12 Premiere Date 6/27/12

Untold Stories | Yosemite's Buffalo Soldiers

Length 11:27 Premiere Date 6/27/12

National Park Experience | Canyon Song

Length 13:31 Premiere Date 6/27/12

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