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Ken Burns: The National Parks

Winter in Yellowstone, Wyo. You can see some steam near the river resulting from geothermal activity.
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Winter in Yellowstone, Wyo. You can see some steam near the river resulting from geothermal activity.

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2023 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV / Stream the series now with KPBS Passport + Encore Saturday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

—Go Behind-the-Scenes of the Breathtaking Series—

“Ken Burns: The National Parks” is a new special for PBS that celebrates one of the filmmaker’s most beautiful and beloved series, THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales — from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska — the series is filled with incidents and characters as gripping and fascinating as American history has to offer.


Filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan vividly reveal behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the series, while engaging interviews with Park Ranger Shelton Johnson and cinematographer Buddy Squires provide additional background.

“Ken Burns: The National Parks” is also a story of the unforgettable Americans who made them possible. People from every conceivable background — rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs — devoted themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in so doing reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.

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All episodes from Ken's 6-part series are available on demand with KPBS Passport, a benefit for members supporting KPBS at $60 or more yearly, using your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire or Chromecast. Learn how to activate your benefit now.

The Blu-ray, soundtrack CD and book are available for purchase at


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