America's Best Idea

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Inspired by the Ken Burns’ film “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” which originally premiered on PBS in September 2009, the America’s Best Idea program connects diverse, underserved and under-engaged populations throughout the United States with their national parks in innovative and meaningful ways through a variety of environmental, adventure, historical, and other activities.

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America’s Best Idea” is made possible through the generous support of L.L. Bean, DISNEY, the Anschutz Foundation, and the Ahmanson Foundation.