Let’s call this beautiful film a love letter to the National Park System, 100 years old this year. See National Parks Adventure, a 3D IMAX film, starting tomorrow at the American Museum of Natural History and dozens of other museums nationwide.
National Parks Adventure is narrated by Robert Redford, equally famous as an actor/director and environmentalist, and includes sweeping images, including aerial shots, of some of our most famous and spectacular National Parks, including Yellowstone, Arches, Zion and Redwoods.
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AMNH has a special relationship to the National Parks System, which was created by New York City native, President Teddy Roosevelt, also one of the founders of the AMNH.
There’s a Theodore Roosevelt Memorial statue in the museum, where you can take a selfie with the “Conservation President”, and we’ve all prowled through the wildlife dioramas and galleries of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall.
The film is FREE with museum admission, and it’s a must-see.
I got a preview earlier this week, and loved every minute.
In addition to the picture postcard views, there also are historical recreations of the idea of a National Park system that grew out of a camping trip by John Muir and Roosevelt, and some memorable adventure sports segments with mountaineer Conrad Anker and some friends, including mountain biking, ice climbing and rock clibming.
The kids will love the whimsical footage of animals, including bear cubs in Alaska learning to catch salmon.
And everybody will learn something about our precious wild spaces, such as that the National Park System protects am amount of land equal to England.
The score is worth mentioning, too, with folk favorites including This Land is My Land.
The film is being shown Feb. 12th through the end of the year. See it in 2D at 11:30am and 4:30pm daily, and in 3D at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.
See it before or after you visit the world’s largest dinosaur, the Titanosaur, on the fourth floor.
BTW – there are ten National Parks, National Monuments and National Historic Sites in New York City, including the Statue of Liberty and the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Museum, scheduled to reopen this summer after extensive renovations.
photo courtesy National Parks Adventure and AMNH