A Walk in the Park with Nick Mollé: Nature of the Beasts follows Nick as he travels through the park on foot and on snowshoe. He captures its natural beauty and showcases its diverse flora and fauna, including the pika – a cousin to the rabbit – as well as marmots, moose, and more.
In addition to highlighting the grandeur of Rocky Mountain National Park, Nature of the Beasts also explores the underlying challenges the park currently faces.
Over the past several years, the park has experienced an unprecedented surge in visitation. The film explores how this increase in tourism is stressing the park infrastructure and ecosystem, affecting species like the pika, whose numbers are dwindling.
Climate change is also impacting the park. Viewers hear from experts – including Darla Sidles, superintendent of Rocky Mountain National Park; Dr. Scott Denning, professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University; and Dr. Chris Ray from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, among others – about how the Rocky Mountain ecosystem is being affected.
However, Nature of the Beasts looks at possible solutions to these problems as well, exploring how education, positive park experiences, and appreciation for the landscape can potentially spur constructive change for a park in peril.
Tour Rocky Mountain National Park in A Walk in the Park with Nick Mollé: Nature of the Beasts, premiering on this summer on your local PBS Station!
Nature of the Beasts combines Nick’s eye for beauty with his drive to better understand the natural world and share that understanding with viewers. As he poetically states in the film, “These walks [in nature]… inevitably delve into my
inner passion, where art and science confess their secret identity as twins.”
Featuring an original musical composition written by Nick and his creative team, Nature of the Beasts is a stunning feast for the eyes and ears, as well as a thought-provoking look at an ecosystem facing an uncertain future.
Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) is the presenting station for A Walk in the Park with Nick Mollé: Nature of the Beasts. It is distributed nationally by American Public Television (APT).
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