The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)

In 1851, word spreads across the country of a beautiful area of California’s Yosemite Valley, attracting visitors who wish to exploit the land’s scenery for commercial gain and those who wish to keep it pristine. Among the latter is a Scottish-born wanderer named John Muir, for whom protecting the land becomes a spiritual calling.

Thursday, 8:00PM

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.

The National Parks Episodes

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The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)

S1 Ep1 | 1h 55m 41s

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

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The Last Refuge (1890-1915)

S1 Ep2 | 2h 13m 24s

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

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The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919)

S1 Ep3 | 1h 52m 33s

Learn about the federal agency created to protect the parks.

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Morning of Creation (1946-1980)

S1 Ep6 | 1h 55m 42s

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

The National Parks Extras

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Mr. President Goes to Yellowstone

11m 48s

Explore Yellowstone National Park with President Obama and his family!

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Roosevelt and The Grand Canyon

3m 11s

President Theodore Roosevelt travels to the Grand Canyon.

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Ranger Baker


Ranger Gerard Baker talks about the parks being real America.

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New Land

1m 58s

Dayton Duncan talks about seeing the lava flow in Hawaii.

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