Burns’ doc inspires $500,000 grant from National Park Foundation

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The National Park Foundation is providing half a million dollars to establish a nationwide grant program to reach underserved visitors, it announced yesterday. The foundation said it was “inspired” to do so by Ken Burns’ documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, which premieres Sept. 27 on PBS. Thirty-five parks nationwide will use the funds to develop outreach strategies and engagement programs for folks who don’t usually visit the parks–primarily people of color, according to the foundation’s press release.