Videos

Videographer records surf in the Phillip Burton Wilderness.
Videographer records surf in the Phillip Burton Wilderness.

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The NPS America's Wilderness Webisode Series features short videos that highlight unique connections shared between people and NPS wilderness areas.

 
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Duration:
2 minutes, 50 seconds

The Wilderness Act of 1964 established the National Wilderness Preservation System, a national network of more than 800 federally-designated wilderness areas. These wilderness areas are managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Forest Service.

 
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Duration:
5 minutes

The Stephen Mather Wilderness, within the North Cascades National Park Complex protects over 630,000 acres of dramatic, rugged habitat for wildlife and a paradise for hikers, climbers, and mountaineers. Join Masyih Ford to experience the awesomeness of this amazing mountain wilderness.

 
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Duration:
5 minutes, 16 seconds

During the winter months, waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers sweep through the floodplain of the Congaree National Park Wilderness in South Carolina - opening up a new, surreal world. Kayak through the forest and experience this special place through the eyes of local veterans who find a reprieve in the healing and dynamic waters.

 
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Duration:
2 minutes, 32 seconds

Join the Glidden family for a walk on the wild side and explore Zion's wilderness with five-year-old Lilly. In 2009, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act designated 124,406 acres of Zion National Park as Wilderness. The designation of the Zion Wilderness provides the highest level of protection, helping ensure there are wild places for future generations to explore and enjoy.

 
 
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Duration:
5 minutes, 45 seconds

Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness protects over 9 million acres of Alaskan mountains, winding rivers, glaciated valleys, and countless wildlife species. This is the largest wilderness area in America. Join a bush pilot who has been flying in these mountains since age 16 and has a unique and intimate connection with the land. The pilot brings these years of knowledge to the NPS, providing access for the biologists and rangers that care for this special place.

 
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Duration:
7 minutes

Join three teen poets from New York City on their first adventure to the wilderness of Fire Island National Seashore. And it's only a train ride away! As the poets explore this coastal wilderness with spoken word poetry, each begins to form a deeper understanding of their personal relationship with the natural world.

 
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Duration:
5 minutes, 10 seconds

If the wilderness could speak, what would it say? Olympic National Park's Daniel J. Wilderness doesn't just speak...it sings! Enjoy the symphony of nature in one of the most acoustically diverse wilderness areas of the country. With 95% of its land a designated wilderness, Olympic National Park protects a unique and endangered resource: natural sound.

 
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Duration:
4 minutes, 11 seconds

They say that history is in the eye of the beholder, but what if the beholder is wilderness itself? What do our actions as a species look like to a member of the wilderness community? A personal history from the eyes of the saguaro cacti, this video recounts how over time humans have transformed Saguaro National Park's desert landscape.

 
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Duration:
2 minutes, 58 seconds

Tucson, Arizona is in the midst of a revolution...a stewardship revolution! Join the residents of Tucson as they mobilize to protect their neighboring community, the Saguaro Wilderness. Located just outside the city, Saguaro National Park and its Sonoran Desert has become a source of pride for Tucsonans and is a celebrated part of the city's collective identity. As this fragile ecosystem becomes evermore endangered, the people of Tucson come together and rally around their role as stewards of this backyard

 
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Duration:
3 minutes, 23 seconds

On the surface it might not look like much is going on in the desert, but even on the hottest, driest days, if you look behind the scenes, the Sonoran Desert is vibrant. Join us for a day in the Saguaro Wilderness to explore the rhythmic cycles of the wildlife that have adapted to call this wild desert home.

 
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Duration:
6 minutes, 42 seconds

Professional songwriters Pops Walker and Kipyn Martin discover music in the natural sounds and landscapes of the Shenandoah Wilderness. Experience the lyricism of nature through the eyes and ears of these two musicians as they compose original works directly inspired by this wild land.

 
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Duration:
3 minutes, 4 seconds

Join adventure athlete Ian Adamson and ultra-marathon runner Kara Henry as they explore the rugged wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park.

 
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Duration:
2 minutes, 17 seconds

Point Reyes National Seashore, located just an hour north of San Francisco, is home to the Phillip Burton Wilderness. This wilderness area protects more than 26,000 acres of important habitat and serves as a place of inspiration for people near and far.

 
 
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Duration:
3 minutes, 38 seconds

See the natural rhythms of Point Reyes National Seashore's Phillip Burton Wilderness. Point Reyes is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast, one of the foggiest places in North America, and home to thirty-eight threatened or endangered species.

 
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Duration:
3 minutes, 8 seconds

Las Vegas artist, Crystal DiPietro, pulls off the ultimate heist as she escapes from the city and heads for Muddy Mountains Wilderness in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Watch as this cunning escape artist dodges the traffic, noise and crowds of the city to reach her target. Muddy Mountains Wilderness lies just an hour outside of Las Vegas, offering city dwellers a peaceful refuge from the stresses of urban life. This wilderness area is jointly managed by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land

 
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Duration:
3 minutes, 32 seconds

Take flight with the majestic condors of Pinnacles National Park! Join us for a birds-eye-view flyover exposing one of California's most unique wilderness landscapes. Glide through breathtaking spires, rocky mountain ridges, grassy meadows and tumbling waterfalls to experience the awe inspiring power of the park's Hain Wilderness.

 
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Duration:
2 minutes, 56 seconds

Edward Abbey's writing guides us from the desert metropolis to the desert wilderness. Explore the vast Death Valley Wilderness alongside Abbey's writing.

 
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Duration:
4 minutes, 38 seconds

Follow a group of students from the University of California Merced on their first overnight trip into the wilderness of Death Valley National Park.

 
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Duration:
2 minutes, 36 seconds

Follow the course of light through the Death Valley Wilderness and observe the obvious and subtle changes across the landscape.

 
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Duration:
4 minutes, 24 seconds

Guided by the poetic musings of some of our most enlightened thinkers, explore the many moods of California's Lassen Volcanic Wilderness. From serene sunrises and placid lakes to fumaroles and dramatic firestorms, immerse yourself in a landscape unlike any other and experience the full lifecycle of this eruptive wilderness.

 
 
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Duration:
4 minutes, 35 seconds

Join student paleontologist Adam on a journey through time as he explores the ancient landscape of Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area. Through his expedition field notes, Adam takes us on an adventure to the long lost Late Triassic, exposing an invisible world of dinosaurs and other creatures hiding in the fossil record of what is now a desert landscape.

Last updated: July 22, 2021

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