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 »
Lost Creek Campground CLOSED Nights of 9/19 and 9/26
Lost Creek Campground will be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/19 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/20 because of the temporary road closure to vehicles on East Rim Drive. It will also be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/26 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/27.
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 »
The Crater Lake Science and Learning Center is managed through a collaborative partnership with Southern Oregon University and the Oregon Institute of Technology. Southern Oregon University and The Oregon Institute of Technology provide staffing and support to coordinate educational/artistic programs and independent research activities/technical applications respectively. The Park retains the authority to review and approve the Center’s programs and projects and assumes responsibility for management and maintenance of the Center’s facilities. The Center is directly staffed with three positions including a Science Coordinator, Education Coordinator and Administrative Assistant Park staff including: the Chief of Resource Preservation and Research and the Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resource Management provide NPS oversight.
The Science Coordinator works with the park staff to identify gaps in research information and potential applications of technology. The Science Coordinator works to broker these needs in the scientific community to augment and compliment ongoing scientific investigations by the Park. The focus of this position is to create an atmosphere that allows the Center to function effectively as a focal point for science. The position facilitates involvement and exposure of non-science individuals and groups to science. The incumbent works through the Park’s Chief of Resource Preservation and Research to identify research priorities, determine resource requirements and propose short and long terms goals and strategies to achieve them.
Chief of Resource Preservation and Research
The Education Coordinator works with the park staff to identify opportunities to advance science education and interpretation in local schools as well as with the general and visiting public. The focus of this position is to create an atmosphere that allows the Learning Center to function effectively as a focal point for science education and artistic expression. The position also facilitates involvement and exposure of non-science individuals and groups to science. The incumbent works through the Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resource Management to identify educational priorities, determine resource requirements and propose short or long term goals and strategies to achieve them.
Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resources
The Administrative Assistant for the Center provides clerical and managerial assistance to the Center staff. The Assistant will be the on site logistical coordinator for visiting scientists, educators, students and artists. This position reserves, coordinates and provides custodial maintenance of the Center facilities, assists with budgeting, tracks and maintains Center equipment as well as maintains and updates the Center reference library. The Administrative Assistant also greets visitors and provides impromptu tours of the Center facilities to interpret the historic structures and educate members of the public on the Center’s mission.
Did You Know?
The Clarks Nutcracker is frequently seen around the rim of Crater Lake. It feeds almost exclusively on the seeds of the Whitebark Pine. It gathers the seeds and hides some of them to eat later, helping the tree to disperse its seeds. Forgotten seeds may grow into new Whitebark Pines.