Sparky got to visit Yosemite National Park, one of the country’s most popular national parks. The park has been protected by the federal government since 1864, when then-president Abraham Lincoln signed a bill, called the Yosemite Grant, to protect the area. The early campaign to preserve Yosemite’s unaltered nature was central to the idea of creating a national parks system; Yosemite officially became a national park with the founding of the National Park Service in 1916. Today, the park’s relatively untouched wilderness and remarkable biodiversity draw millions of visitors each year. Many of them flock to see Yosemite’s distinctive granite cliffs and groves of ancient sequoia trees.
Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!