Fifteen years ago, Juan Martinez, an at-risk teenager from south-central Los Angeles, stepped off a bus in Grand Teton National Park and saw the stars for the first time in his life. The experience inspired him to connect more diverse and urban youth to nature, and in the process, he met Vanessa Torres, a park ranger, and fell in love all over again. This debut film of NPX's 10-part series reveals the compelling journey that led Juan to the Tetons, to Vanessa, and to his renewed vision of the American Dream: one that blooms out of love, inclusion, and our living, breathing national parks. For more information about the series, visit To help make sure the next 9 films get made, you can donate easily to our tip jar, below, or make a tax-deductible contribution through the Living GREEN Foundation at





"The last great film set in the Tetons was Shane, a fictional story set against a dramatic mountain backdrop. With Love in the Tetons, the team at National Park Experience has found a true story that is as heart-warming and compelling as the scenery. This is a high-quality documentary that packs a wonderful and powerful message into less than ten minutes—a remarkable achievement." --  Dayton Duncan, Writer/Producer, The National Parks: America's Best Idea

"This is a beautifully shot and realized film about love in all its manifestations. It wonderfully reminds of the birthright that the National Parks are for all of us, that they are healing places that give each person a profound and spiritually satisfying 'ownership' in the best idea this country has had since its founding. Here the American dream is writ large in mountains and rivers, sunsets and blooming flowers: that we are all equal and equally blessed with the majesty of Nature preserved for everybody and for all time in our National Parks." -- Ken Burns, Filmmaker, The National Parks: America's Best Idea

"Amy Marquis and Dana Romanoff have taken their storytelling skills from print to film, and the results are incredible. Love in the Tetons is the perfect introduction to the next generation of park advocates." -- Scott Kirkwood, Editor in Chief, National Parks Magazine

"Pairing the national parks with emotional personal stories like this is a great way to remind us all of the treasures we have available to us. For free." -- Pam Huling, COO, Blue Chalk Media

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