Too often we focus on a specific national park, and don't look too far beyond its borders at the lay of the surrounding land. But it's important to do that, because those landscapes are integral to the park itself. Well, here's a video that is a great primer on the North Cascades region in Washington state, and its namesake national park.
Spend the nearly 27 minutes watching this public television production (KCTS) and you'll get a better understanding and appreciation of the landscape, learn some of the climbing history that was established in the North Cascades, and even see a portion devoted to the "Mountain School" the North Cascades Institute runs at North Cascades National Park to connect youth to nature.
Also profiled is the natural return of wolves to the region, and how affected communities are dealing with the predators. Wildfires are examined, and so are efforts supported by the National Park Foundation to get children involved in learning about native plants and gaining a sense of stewardship for our parks.
The video is longer than most we offer, but it's worth the time. Enjoy!