National Park Week
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, 530-595-6101
Free Entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park and Special Ranger-led Programs during National Park Week April 16- 24.
Lassen Volcanic National Park entrance fees will be waived April 16 to 24 with added snowshoe hikes in celebration of National Park Week, coinciding with Earth Day and Junior Ranger Day. "The entrance fee free week will be in addition to the fee free days for the first day of summer on June 21, National Public Lands Day on September 24 and Veterans Day weekend November 11-13. There may be additional entrance fee free days designated in 2011" said Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. The fee free dates do not include other fees for camping, reservations and use of concessions.
The growing connection between public lands and public health is the focus of National Park Week, April 16-24. National Park Week is an opportunity to engage families and communities in America's great outdoors, reconnecting them with nature and creating close to home opportunities for people to get outside, be active and have fun. Superintendent Koontz stated "During National Park Week, and throughout the year, Lassen Volcanic National Park will plan activities that promote physical well being and celebrate the theme of National Park Week of "Healthy Parks, Healthy People." Visitors can meet at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center for special Ranger-led snowshoe hikes that will take place on Saturdays, April 16th and 23th at 1:30 p.m.
On Saturday April 23, bring your family to celebrate National Junior Ranger day where Junior Rangers can earn a special Junior Ranger Patch by completing the discovery hunt at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center or in Redding at the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival. Children can earn their Junior Ranger Patch on any day during National Park Week by completing the discovery hunt or by participating in one of the scheduled show shoe walks.
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open year-round and current hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. For further information, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo or contact the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at (530) 595-4480.
Did You Know?
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.