'The National Parks: America's Best Idea' 

Celebrating the beauty of the great outdoors and national spaces in the United States, a six-part screening of Ken Burns' documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," is scheduled throughout January on the Luther College campus.

Sponsored by the Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities, Winneshiek Energy District and Green Iowa AmeriCorps, all screenings are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Each of the six episodes lasts approximately two hours. Participants do not need to attend every screening, but it is recommended. All viewings will be in Valders Hall of Science, Room 362. Childcare will be available in Valders Room 379 on all six dates.

Screenings are scheduled for:

  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, "The Scripture of Nature"
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, "The Last Refuge"
  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, "The Empire of Grandeur"
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, "Going Home"
  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, "Great Nature"
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, "The Morning of Creation"

"The National Parks: America's Best Idea" was produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan and highlights the United States Park system and its history. It originally aired on the Public Broadcasting System in 2009 and won two Emmys in 2010: for outstanding writing in episode two "The Last Refuge," and for outstanding non-fiction series. It took more than six years of filming to capture the scenes, including shots from Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, the Florida Everglades and the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.