The National Parks: America's Best Idea: Great Nature

The National Parks: America's Best Idea: Great Nature

Friday, September 6 at 9:00 p.m.

The park idea changes to include new places and ways of thinking.

In the midst of an economic catastrophe and then a world war, the national parks provide a source of much-needed jobs and then much-needed peace. In Wyoming, battle lines are drawn along the front of the Teton Range.

Top photo: The last survivor, Totuya (right), of the expulsion of the Ahwahneechees returned to her former homeland, Yosemite Valley. In 1929, George Melendez Wright (left), a young park service biologist who undertook the first scientific study of wildlife and plant life conditions in the parks, was asked to help translate her Spanish into English.

At right: Despite his disability, which confined him to the back seat of his touring car, President Franklin Roosevelt (pictured here viewing the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River) loved to visit national parks - and he encouraged his fellow citizens to do likewise, even during the hard times of the Depression.