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EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS

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Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks: Listed as a World Heritage Site, Yosemite's breathtaking vistas inspire and awe. From bears to trout fishing, learn about the wildlife of this area, visit with Native American Master Basket Weaver Julia Parker, and discover the rich history of Buffalo Soldiers in the park. Visit a grove of giant sequoia trees as we continue our adventure to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

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Sonoran Desert: For many generations, the Tohono O'odham Indians have been harvesting the fruit of the saguaro cactus and welcoming the summer monsoon rains that have been so vital to their survival. Learn the traditions of the annual harvest as we collect and prepare fruit with members of the Tohono O'odham nation. Discover the wildlife of the Sonoran Desert and join us as we learn about some of the tastier plants that grow here!

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Channel Islands: Just off the coast of California are a group of islands often referred to as the "Galapagos of the U.S." Board a boat with us and explore this unique area as we find common dolphins, sea lions, blue whales and humpback whales. Learn some endangered species "success stories" of some of the animals that inhabit these islands. Come tide pooling with us, try surf fishing, and learn how to make ceviche with sustainable seafood.

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Great Basin: Unspoiled and uncrowded, Great Basin is Nevada's only national park. Hike with us to the ridge of Wheeler Peak to see the only glacier in the southern United States. Visit a bristlecone pine forest, home to some of the world's oldest trees, explore caves, fish for Bonneville cutthroat trout and learn about fossil digging for trilobites!

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Autumn in Southwestern Utah: The vivid colors of fall are at their best in Zion National Park. Join us as we hike to the Emerald Pools and discover a herd of desert bighorn sheep. Follow a buffalo herd, listen to the haunting calls of male elk, and fish a high mountain stream to see the vibrant colors of spawning brook trout. We'll explore a hot spring formed by an ancient volcano, visit an archaeological site and learn about making fresh apple cider at an organic orchard.

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California Migration: Explore the natural phenomenon of migration along the central coast of California as we view migratory birds, visit groves of monarch butterflies and observe elephant seals preparing for the mating season. Learn about the comeback of the California condor and visit an ancient redwood forest. The seafood here is world famous. We'll share a recipe for environmentally friendly clam soup that's delicious!

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Central New Mexico: Witness the extraordinary flight patterns of migrating snow geese, discover an ice cave hidden in the high desert and learn about animal rehabilitation. Join us as we tour Bandelier National Monument and catch fish in the Jemez mountains. A unique partnership between the U.S. government and Pueblo de Cochiti has preserved an area patterned with unusual rock formations. Come explore this unique location and learn about the culture of the Cochiti Indians.

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Pony Express Territory: Following the route of the Pony Express through central Nevada, we celebrate one of the most significant wetlands systems in the American West at the annual Spring Wings Festival. Join us as we tour the historic Eureka Opera House, take a ride on a working railroad and go gem hunting for garnets. Learn about the history of wild horses in Nevada and get an overview of the amazing Great Basin National Park.

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Cowboy Territory: Come with us to a working cattle ranch and then take to the skies at the annual Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival, held at the base of the spectacular mountain range often referred to as the Swiss Alps of northern Nevada. Enjoy a glimpse of Cowboy Poetry and learn some of the traditions of the flourishing Basque culture in this region. Find out where to dig for opals, and visit a nearby fishing spot.

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Silver Trails Territory: See some of the great state parks in Nevada including Cathedral Gorge, Beaver Dam, and Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. Spend some time with us in Pahranagat Valley as we explore wetlands and Native American rock art. Learn the process of finding and creating jewelry from some of the finest turquoise in the world. Join us as we discover some ancient aquatic creatures - some fossilized, and some still alive today!

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