The National Parks---Americas Best Idea

Blue sky is reflected in a bayou ringed with baldcypress trees and marsh grasses
Jean Lafitte and the National Park Service protect historic places, cultural traditions, and beautiful ecosystems like the Barataria Preserve

America's national parks have been called "the best idea we ever had." The United States was not the first country to protect natural wonders and historic places, but it was the first to say that these places belong to everyone.

In 2010 the Public Broadcasting System and filmmaker Ken Burns shared the story of America's national parks, the places that belong to all the people. Help the National Park Service make "America's Best Idea" even better by visiting and supporting your national parks. To find out ways to support Jean Lafitte, click here.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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