Mill Creek Entertainment’s America’s National Parks: An Eagle’s View is a fitting presentation for any high school biology or geography class. The sixty-four minute feature finishes what was started with the company started some time ago with its separate National Parks Blu-ray series by taking viewers back through the nation’s park system not from the ground, but from the air. The trip starts in the Northeast in the Acadia National Park before heading south to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and then into the Everglades National Park before heading west to the Voyageurs National Park. The journey doesn’t stop there, either. Audiences are taken all the way through each of the nation’s parks through the Midwest and West on their journey. The cross country journey is only a portion of what audiences will appreciate about this latest video post card from Mill Creek. The footage shot through each park is comparable to anything that Travel Channel or Discovery Channel once released in their heyday. And unlike so many nature based documentaries churned out the narrator doesn’t overpower the stunning aerial shots of each major park. At a time when America’s National Parks System is closed due to the government shutdown, this aerial tour of those parks couldn’t be more valuable. Perhaps when the time comes the government re-opens for business, this feature could even serve as inspiration for some viewer’s next vacation. Even if not, it serves to establish a new respect for one of this nation’s greatest assets and the need to protect them.
America’s National Parks: An Eagle’s View is a fitting presentation both in the classroom and in the living room. It is an invaluable tool for those individuals teaching both biology and geography. It is an especially useful visual aid for those teaching high school level geography classes. It will help to better connect with the concepts being taught about a given region of the country. A teacher might be discussing the specific physical makeup of the Badlands National Park, the Everglades, or a specific mountain range. Said teacher can simply put on this feature, select the chapter for the given region being discussed, and allow students to take in for themselves exactly what is being discussed. It will help to truly put into perspective what makes the given region so impressive and important. In turn, it will potentially help students gain a whole new appreciation for this nation’s parks.
Geography teachers will certainly find use for America’s National Parks: An Eagle’s View in their classroom. In the same vein, biology teachers can potentially find use for this feature in their classrooms, too. Just as each national park has a different physical makeup, so does it have different ecosystems. With its forested hills and valleys, Yosemite is said to have at least three different regions from its basin all the way up to its highest peaks. This means that it supports a large variety of animals. By direct contrast, Death Valley National Park is arid and barren. So it would suffice to say that it probably doesn’t have much life. These and all of the other parks offer a wonderful starting point on the different ecosystems that span the country from one coast to the other, again proving the value of the feature in the classroom.
The value of America’s National Parks: AN Eagle’s View should be clear to viewers by this point. The footage shot for this feature is impressive to say the least. It is a good piece for those that perhaps haven’t picked up the previous National Parks features released on Blu-ray by Mill Creek Entertainment. It’s just as valuable for every day viewers, especially at a time when this nation’s National Parks System has been closed thanks to the government shutdown. Since the parks are currently closed, it serves as a cheap way to travel to those parks without having to spend the money or the stress to get there. The footage presented here captures all of the major highlights of each park. And whenever the time should come that the parks re-open along with the rest of the government, it could serve as a starting point for those trying to choose their next vacation spot. From the mountains and forests of Yosemite, to the waterfalls, hot springs, and geysers of Yellowstone, to the snow-capped mountains of the Great Smoky Mountains, there is so much from which to choose and so much worth protecting so that others can one day experience its beauty. Understanding and appreciating that all starts with this latest nature based documentary from Mill Creek Entertainment. It is available now and can be ordered direct from Mill Creek Entertainment at http://www.amazon.com/National-Parks-Exploration-Eagles-Blu-ray/dp/B00BUWD77U/ref=sr_sp-atf_image_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1381420113&sr=1-1&keywords=America%27s+National+Parks%3A+An+Eagle%27s+View. More information on this and other releases from Mill Creek Entertainment is available online at http://www.millcreekent.com and http://www.facebook.com/MillCreekEnt. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.