National Park Diaries


Showcasing young volunteers and directed by young filmmakers, “National Park Diaries” is an uplifting, hour-long documentary that follows two Student Conservation Association crews as they protect the environment and bonds as teams in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.

Featuring Nichlos Gutowski, a 15-year-old from Nome, Alaska, and Taylor Newkirk, an 18-year-old from Suitland, Maryland, the film chronicles the highs and lows of the volunteers’ experiences as they adjust to their new surroundings, develop powerful peer relationships, and push themselves to their limits to protect our national parks.

The documentary, narrated by actor Alessandro Nivola (“The Wizard of Lies”, “American Hustle,” “Face/Off”), was created by SCA and Reel Works Teen Filmmaking in partnership with American Express, with promotional support from the National Park Foundation.

View the trailer above, learn more about the film, and watch for updates on upcoming screenings here.

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