Take a look at these videos from PBS, part of their series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea“. The first is a quick preview of the series, sure to get anyone with a pulse thirsty for the wilderness. Vodpod videos no longer available.

The second video, “City Kids in National Parks”, looks at two sets of urban youth travelling to national parks as part of an educational program.

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The video captures how powerful a dose of the wild can be, especially for those who don’t regularly see such pristine land. The wonderment on the kids faces as they learn about their earth and the environment is difficult to ignore. Those skeptical about changing their routine and entering the “wild” should be put at ease knowing that fifth graders from the inner city survived their overnight excursion.