• Wizard Island

    Crater Lake

    National Park Oregon

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  • 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 »

Science and Learning Center

Crater Lake Science & Learning Center

Crater Lake National Park is one of America's oldest national parks and has been a source of public enjoyment and inspiration for over 100 years. Millions of Americans have gazed on the sublime beauty of Crater Lake. But few realize that under this beautiful veneer lies an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom; a place that draws scientists, teachers and students to investigate, instruct and learn from and about our natural world. From scenery to science and education, the Park's value to society is expanding.

This Center was born from the collective vision of the Park and its partners to establish Crater Lake National Park as a wellspring for research information, a proving ground for educational techniques and a source of inspiration for artistic expression. By supporting scientists and their investigations we will discover more and more about this special place. By connecting scientists with teachers and in turn with students and the visiting public, we believe that the park will become a focal point for life long learning.

We established the Crater Lake Science and Learning Center to mold this future. It was created from dreams and imagination and made real through the perseverance and hard work of the park staff and our partners. It is sustained through generous public and private financial support.

This facility is for the scientist, teacher, student and artist. We welcome them here to lend their talents, share their discoveries, and teach the lessons that will inspire the next generation to explore deeper, learn more and enrich us all.


Artist-In-Residence Program

Artists have had a long relationship with this country's national parks and have influenced their development. The Crater Lake Waltz, photography of Peter Britt, traditional art and dance of the Tribal communities, and hand-tinted photographs of Fred Kiser are but a few examples of ways that artists have reached a special place in the hearts of visitors to Crater Lake National Park. Applications are accepted once a year and are usually due around February 1st. The next call for applications will be announced in November 2014. You can download the 2014 application and information here.


Check out the NEW and growing Crater Lake Digital Research Collection!

Science and Learning Center Brochure

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Wizard Island is a cinder cone that erupted after Crater Lake began to fill with water. It is one of two islands in Crater Lake. Do you know the name of the other island?