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Overview

Explore the sublime landscapes, unique histories, and geological treasures of North America’s national parks in this set that contains lectures on DVD and a beautifully illustrated book.


Wonders of the National Parks Course on DVD
In 1872, a wondrous region called Yellowstone was set aside as the world’s first national park, giving adventurous travelers access to a geologist’s paradise that seethes with pent-up volcanic forces. As more and more national parks were created—not just in the United States but also in Canada and Mexico—geologists were revolutionizing their field, piecing together a detailed understanding of how the world works. National parks have made these magnificent reminders of the awe-inspiring power of our planet accessible to everyone. Today, there is no better education in the remarkable forces that formed our world than a tour of the national parks of North America.

In 36 beautifully illustrated, half-hour lectures geologist and former college professor Ford Cochran, currently the Director of Programming for National Geographic Expeditions, takes you to more than a hundred spectacular sites. No previous background in geology or science is needed to experience the thrill that these lectures offer, just a sense of curiosity as you unravel the mysteries of some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet.


The National Parks: An Illustrated History
An inspired tribute to the astonishing beauty and priceless cultural treasures of America's National Parks, this volume is a lavish celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. With the stories behind the first female park ranger, a decidedly amateur scuba expedition that unearthed a submerged Civil War treasure trove, and so much more, author Kim Heacox takes readers on a VIP tour of America's rich natural and cultural heritage. The full sweep of wonders—from pristine coral reefs to the Gettysburg battlefield to glaciers and all the glorious diversity in between—offers a breathtaking tour of the very best of America's national treasures.

Details

Wonders of the National Parks Course on DVD: 6 discs; 36 hours. © 2015


The National Parks: An Illustrated History: Hardcover. 384 pages; 400 color photographs. 9 1/8" x 10 7/8". © 2015

Title List

Wonders of the National Parks Course on DVD: 36 lectures/30 minutes each

  • Yellowstone: Microcosm of the National Parks
  • Yellowstone’s Cataclysmic Origins and Future
  • Grand Teton and Jackson Hole
  • Hawaii Volcanoes: Earth’s Largest Mountains
  • The Hawaiian Islands and Maui’s Haleakala
  • Mount Saint Helens, Lassen Volcanic, Rainier
  • Crater Lake, Olympic, North Cascades
  • Volcanoes of Alaska: Katmai and Lake Clark
  • Alaska’s Glacier Bay and Kenai Fjords
  • Yosemite: Nature’s Cathedral
  • Redwoods, Sequoias, and the Sierra Nevada
  • Pinnacles to Joshua Tree: The San Andreas
  • Denali to Gates of the Arctic
  • Death Valley and Great Basin: The Rift Zone
  • Shenandoah: The Collision of Old Continents
  • Great Smoky Mountains and Hot Springs
  • National Rivers: Gorges, Falls, and Meanders
  • Great Dune Fields of North America
  • National Seashores and Lakeshores
  • Reefs: Virgin Islands, Florida, Texas
  • National Marine Sanctuaries and Monuments
  • Acadia’s Highlands and Islands
  • The Dakota Badlands
  • The Grand Canyon’s 2-Billion-Year Staircase
  • Carving the Grand Canyon
  • Petrified Forest and Other Fossil Parks
  • Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches
  • Zion, Gunnison’s Black Canyon, Capitol Reef
  • Mesa Verde and Ancient Settlements
  • The Colorado Rocky Mountains
  • Montana’s Glacier and the Canadian Rockies
  • Big Bend on the Rio Grande and Saguaro
  • Mammoth Cave, Wind Cave, Carlsbad Caverns
  • The Everglades and the Congaree Bottomland
  • Voyageurs, Isle Royale, the Canadian Shield
  • Assembling North America, Park by Park