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Free Entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park on August 25

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Date: August 19, 2013
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-6102

MINERAL, CA - Lassen Volcanic National Park will waive entrance fees on August 25
along with other national parks throughout the country to celebrate the 97th birthday of
the National Park Service. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this fee free day
to explore and discover the beauty and recreational opportunities that Lassen Volcanic
National Park has to offer,” said Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz.

Join Lassen Volcanic National Park in celebration by taking advantage of the free
entrance to bring your family and friends on a hike, scenic drive or attend one of the
many ranger-led programs offered on this day. Programs are fun for visitors of all
ages and include junior ranger programs, presentations on wildlife, volcanoes and
astronomy.

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers over 150 miles of hiking trails which range in
difficulty from strenuous to gentle. If you are unsure of which trail to hike, bring the
park map you are given when you enter the park into one of the visitor centers and a
ranger will assist you.

Various ranger-led activities will be taking place on Sunday, August 25 and the
schedule can be found on the park bulletin boards and the park website. For more
information, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo or call (530) 595-4480.

Did You Know?

reddish color microscopic snow alage

The reddish color sometimes observed on top of snow at Lassen Volcanic NP snow is a living organism called snow algae. When snow begins to thaw, these microscopic organisms spring to life. They function as a primary food source and are being studied for their cancer-fighting properties.