Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Winter Film Festival, The National Parks—America’s Best Idea, a Film by Ken Plus Films for Families on Holiday Weekends

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Date: January 6, 2015
Contact: Brent Ellis, 508-255-3421, ext. 0302

Cape Cod National Seashore will kick off its annual winter film festival on Sunday, January 18, with the first segment of the Ken Burns series on the history of the National Park Service. As Cape Cod National Seashore and over 400 other National Park Service sites across the US prepare to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, this six-part film serves as a prelude as it explores cornerstone events and some of our nation's most compelling locales—from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, and the Everglades of Florida, to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska.

Films will show on six consecutive Sundays at 1:30 PM on the theatre-size screen at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Refreshments will be provided 30 minutes prior to each film. The movies are free, thanks to generous funding from Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

January 18:  The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) shows the beauty of Yosemite Valley and the geyser wonderland of Yellowstone, and features John Muir becoming their eloquent defender.

January 25:  The Last Refuge (1890-1915) Theodore Roosevelt uses the presidential powers of the Antiquities Act to add national monuments and the Grand Canyon, and declares the ultimate purpose of the National Parks: "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People."

February 1: The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919) features the establishment of the National Park Service and the influence of its early leaders, Stephen Mather and Horace M. Albright, and wealthy industrialists who were persuaded to help champion the park system.

February 8: Going Home (1920-1933) focuses on Americans embracing the automobile, setting off an explosion in the number of park visits. Meanwhile, the Rockefellers quietly buy up land in the Teton Mountain Range.

February 15: Great Nature (1933-1945) emphasizes the societal impacts of the park concept, including new environmental and naturalistic perspectives, employment opportunities, and expansion of the park idea to additional US locations.

February 22: The Morning of Creation (1946-1980) details the ecological damage caused by 62 million visitors each year, and the controversial decision to protect wolves in Alaska.

The following films, especially for families, will show during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend and February break:

Saturday, January 17, 1:30 PM: Bears is a captivating Disney Nature documentary that follows two mother brown bears as they raise cubs amid the splendor of the Alaskan wilderness. Over the course of the year, the cubs play in the snow, learn to fish, and elude predators.

Saturday, February 21, 1:30 PM: March of the Penguins features stunning footage of emperor penguins living in one of the harshest environments on the planet, Antarctic ice. The film includes unique footage of penguins under water.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open from 9 AM to 4:30 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning. Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh and shop in the gift store featuring national seashore-related items such as books, maps, puzzles, apparel, and games. For more information about the seashore's programs, visit the park website at



Last updated: February 26, 2015

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