Presenter Name: Brad Ryan
Presentation Title: Joy Ride: A US National Parks Road Trip with My Grandma Joy
Presentation Description: After learning that his octogenarian grandmother had never seen a mountain, he invited her join him for a weekend getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in September 2015. At age 85, Grandma Joy slept in a tent for the first time in her life, and exceeded Brad’s expectations when she not only saw her first mountain, but climbed her first mountain.
Presenter Biography: Brad Ryan is a wildlife veterinarian and avid outdoorsman from southeastern Ohio. He previously thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and has climbed mountains all over the world including Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Millions of people around the world discovered his four year mission to visit every US National Park with his Grandma Joy when their story went viral in August 2019. He has been featured on the Today Show, CBS This Morning, ABC World New Tonight with David Muir, NPR, BBC, CNN, People, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, Outside Magazine, the Mother Nature Network, among others. He most recently worked for the Smithsonian Global Health Program at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, and has worked on several wildlife conservation projects in Namibia, Malawi, and Thailand. Brad and Grandma Joy will complete their 62 US National Parks goal with trips to American Samoa and Alaska planned for the summer of 2020.