By Susan Montoya Bryan
Nearly three dozen National Park Service sites used foundation grants to develop stronger bonds with surrounding communities.
The grants were inspired by filmmaker Ken Burns' new documentary, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." The film centers on people from all walks of life who helped create and protect the parks.
"We wanted to create a grant program that helped bring that real diversity and connection back to the parks," said Mark Shields, spokesman for the National Park Foundation.
Below: Bandelier National Monument.