Support Your Park
Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)
A great summer job for local high school - aged students at both Lava Beds National Monument and the Tulelake Wildlife Refuge!
The YCC is a summer employment program for young men and women, ages 15-18, who work and learn together by participating in conservation work on public lands. The program is expected to begin on or around June 17th and run for 5-8 weeks.
YCC applicants must be in very good physical condition. This work can be fun, even adventurous, but it can also be strenuous and is performed in hot, rugged, dirty environments.
Planned work projects include exotic weed control, composting, native plant care, landscape restoration, walkway and trail maintenance and cave clean up. At the same time, YCC learn about the outdoors, first aid, wildlife, caving safety, and a variety of other subjects. It is fun, enriching, character-building hard work!
To learn more about the YCC program click here!
Applications are being accepted through May 28th for the summer 2013 program!
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
Volunteering is a great way to support your National Park Service. Volunteering allows you to experience a park in new ways, give back to national parks, meet new people, have fun, earn credit for school, develop new skills and interests, and so much more.
From late fall through early spring, our opportunities for volunteering are primarily indoors. Between late spring and early fall, there are many opportunities to volunteer both inside and out of doors working with the public or behind the scenes. Opportunities include tasks such as serving as a campground host, assisting first-time visitors with caving, answering visitor questions, mapping and cleaning caves, controlling weeds, and much more. Recreational vehicle campsites with hookups may also be available for volunteers.
If you have questions about volunteering at Lava Beds National Monument please contact volunteer manager Angela Sutton at 530-667-8119 or e-mail us.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Did You Know?
Many of the caves at Lava Beds provide habitat for cave slime! Cave slime is a hydrophobic bacteria that repels water, causing it to reflect a gold or silver color when illuminated with a flashlight. Cave slime is spectacular in high concentrations and is in no way harmful to people.