• Celebrate Yosemite!

    Join us for a special occasion commemorating the 150th anniversary of the monumental declaration by Abraham Lincoln to protect the majestic area known as Yosemite National Park. The Spirit of Yosemite Festival will be at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

    Saturday, February 15
    Sunday, February 16
    Events start at 11:30am

  • A Gathering of Spirit

    We will feature the newest documentary by famed filmmaker Ken Burns, Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit. The Spirit of Yosemite Festival will be at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

    Screenings will be in the Forum Theatre at the following times: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm
    Saturday, February 15
    Sunday, February 16

  • Thanks to Our Partners!

    The Festival will feature engaging and entertaining exhibits by a range of Yosemite affiliated organizations highlighted below.

    • Marmot
    • REI
    • Visit California
    • John Muir Geotourism Center
    • Yosemite Ziplines
    • Mariposa Co. Arts Council
    • Royal Robbins
    • Yosemite Conservancy

Ken Burns Documentary

Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit, a documentary film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to honor the 150th anniversary of the landmark federal act signed by Abraham Lincoln that preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This act, the first time a government set aside land for public use and enjoyment, gave birth to the national park idea. Yosemite Conservancy partnered with renowned filmmakers, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to bring this amazing time in America’s conservation history to life.

California Academy of Sciences

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16, for the Spirit of Yosemite Festival and catch a special screening of Ken Burns’ Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit. Screenings at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm in the Forum Theater. The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and four-story rainforest, all under one living roof. New and ongoing exhibits and programs offer visitors of all ages fun, engaging opportunities to explore the natural world. All exhibits are included with Academy admission. For tickets visit calacademy.org

Attending Partners

Yosemite 150th Anniversary

We will honor the 150th anniversary in 2014 through events, programs and official merchandise found throughout the communities surrounding the park. In fact, 90% of these projects will be hosted in the gateway communities. You can be a part of this monumental anniversary!

Yosemite has inspired generations of people for thousands of years. On June 30, 1864, Congress enacted the Yosemite Grant Act, establishing Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove as the first protected wild land for all time. This grant marked the first California State Park. In 1890, the land surrounding these two tracts was designated Yosemite National Park. Early conservationist John Muir’s persuasive words to President Roosevelt and state authorities led to combining Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove with Yosemite National Park in 1906.