AETN State & National Parks Initiative

About This Project

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) invites you to join in an adventure of exploration and learning with the Arkansas State & National Parks Initiative. In turn, we believe the initiative will encourage conservation, preservation and sustainability practices so that these parks will be available for future generations.

AETN developed the Parks Initiative in conjunction with the Ken Burns documentary, "The National Parks: Americas Best Idea". Through the initiative, we hope that all Arkansans are motivated to get outdoors, visit state and national parks and learn about the beauty of nature.

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"The National Parks: Americas Best Idea" is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.

Filmed over the course of more than six years in some of natures 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 documentary is rich with history, full of the meaning of democracy and set against breathtaking backdrops.

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