Support Your Park
Lava Beds is a very special place to many community members, as well as visitors from far and wide. However, our operating budget is limited, and we cannot accomplish all that we might like to create an optimal park experience. Assistance that helps support the monument and the National Park Service is greatly appreciated, whether from individuals or organizations. No commitment is too big or too small! Donations and volunteer hours can greatly enhance the stewardship of Lava Beds National Monument. Listed below are a few opportunities currently available.
If you wish to make a monetary donation, you may send a check made out to the National Park Service, with a note listing a specific purpose to which you wish to contribute. Our mailing address is: Lava Beds National Monument, P.O. Box 1240, Tulelake, California, 96134. Donations are tax deductable. If you have further questions or ideas for contributions, please contact the Superintendent via email at e-mail us, or via phone at 530-667-8101.
Support nearby schools visiting Lava Beds on field trips. Local school districts in both Oregon and California are suffering from greatly reduced transportation budgets, which in turn has reduced their ability to allow students to experience the national parks right at their back door. A $110 to $300 donation covers the transportation cost for one busload of students (up to 50) to visit Lava Beds for the day (costs vary from district to district). Lava Beds offers a variety of educational programs that meet elementary and middle school standards for both history and science in a fun and exciting environment that promotes hands-on learning.
The Adopt-A-Bat program allows you to participate directly in bat conservation at Lava Beds. Proceeds received from this program are used to support bat education and research within the monument.
Lava Beds is one of the largest hibernacula sites in California for Townsend's Big-eared Bats, a state Species of Special Concern. Ever year, Resource Management staff monitors their population and works to protect their habitat within the park.
Multi-Media Projector Maintenance
Cave Restoration and Litter Cleanup
Old cave trails that used damaging materials plus years of public use in Lava Beds' caves has resulted in cinder dust, clothing lint, litter, and other foreign materials accumulating on cave floors and walls. This debris obscures subtle formations and rock colors in the caves, as well as inhibiting the growth of small cave fauna.
Support a Student Volunteer
Lava Beds utilizes interns from the America Conservation Experience (ACE) and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) throughout the year to do public outreach, interpretation, research, and resource management work that can't be completed by existing uniformed staff. Many interns from this valuable program go on to pursue careers with land management agencies.
Invasive Weed Control and Native Plant Restoration