Road Construction Update
A section of the East Rim Drive will be closed to traffic (vehicles, bicycles & pedestrians) for a rockfall mitigation project. Aug. 13th- mid Sept., Mon-Fri, 7 AM- 5 PM, Between Sun Notch and Phantom Ship Overlook. (Sun Notch Trail, Pinnacles Road Open.) More »
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect
To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, restrictions on campfires, smoking, and fireworks are in effect. More »
Vehicle-Free Days on East Rim Drive
The park will host two vehicle-free days on East Rim Drive, September 20 and 27, 2014. Although East Rim Drive will be closed for these events, all other roads through the park will remain open to vehicular traffic. More »
Crater Lake National Park offers two different education programs for visiting school groups. One is our Classroom at Crater Lake program for upper elementary students. Participating classes come to the park twice during the school year - once in the fall, and again in the spring (on snowshoes!). Topics covered include geology, watersheds, and plant and animal adaptations.
Our other program focuses on Earthcaching for middle and high school students. The experience uses GPS units to find way points and learn more about the park. All programs are curriculum-based and tied to the Oregon State Content Standards.
Many resources for teaching about Crater Lake can be found here on our website, including field trip planning information, pre and post visit lessons, and lessons beyond science focusing on a variety of disciplines. For more information on the park's education programs, call (541) 594-3098.
Did You Know?
Crater Lake was formed when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama 7700 years ago caused the mountain to collapse, leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera creating Crater Lake.