The story of America’s National Parks is like a perfect little encapsulation of the story of American history. From John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt to Martin Luther King, Jr and cars… and even back to the Big Bang that formed the universe, there’s a lot we can learn from our parks. This little short on the unofficial history of the National Parks is probably the best way to sum it all up, from Yosemite to the Smokies and beyond, in under five minutes.
The video is a collab between Parks Project and filmmaker Ryan Maxey. I would describe it as Ken Burns meets Wes Anderson meets… the Internet circa 2017, I guess. The cool part is that it’s less of a timeline of important milestones in NPS history and more of an overview of the social and cultural history. You know, the important stuff. Plus, it’s done in a way that holds even the shortest attention span. Not that I don’t love Ken Burns’s 12-hour docu-series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”, of course!
Come for the pretty shots of the parks, stay to check out the rangers’ hats (they really do have the coolest hats) and maybe learn a thing or two along the way. Find more info on the video (and Parks Project) here, and maybe get inspired to visit a park in 2018!
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