• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Park Highway Closed to Through Traffic

    Lassen National Park Highway is closed to through traffic. The highway is open to the the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (1 mile inside the southwest entrance) and the Devastated Area (10 miles inside the northwest entrance). Snow removal has begun. More »

School and Youth Groups Encouraged to Apply for Youth Camping Grants

Lassen Park Youth Camp participants with Park Ranger Jeff Gerbic
Youth camp participants with Ranger Jeff Gerbic
NPS Photo

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: April 2, 2012
Contact: Darlene Koontz, 530-595-6102

The Lassen Park Foundation recently announced it will again be offering $1,000 scholarships for schools and non-profit youth groups to spend time exploring the great outdoors at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Groups are encouraged to apply by May 1 to take advantage of the youth camping grants.

"These scholarships offered by the Lassen Park Foundation provide an opportunity for young people who would not ordinarily have a chance to experience camping to come and spend time in our wonderful park" stated Lassen Volcanic National Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. "When talking with these kids you realize this opportunity can be life changing for them. Things we take for granted like building a fire, setting up a tent, and cooking outside are brand new to them and I can see in their faces and hear their reactions an amazing sense of accomplishment. It confirms that we need to seek as many ways as possible to provide these opportunities" said Koontz.

Last year, the Lassen Park Foundation awarded sixteen $1,000 grants. The foundation plans to increase the number of groups this year. The grants pay for costs such as transportation, food and equipment needed for a three to five-day camping trip to Crags Campground in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Donations to the Lassen Park Foundation help underwrite the services of a seasonal National Park Service ranger assisted by local high school interpretive interns who lead and present a variety of educational activities and programs. Programs include in-camp activities, field & trail activities, and formal programs that give a range of learning experiences such as basic camping and hiking skills, observations in nature, games of discovery, new types of outdoor recreation, and becoming a junior ranger. Discovery packs provided by the National Park Foundation give these campers an opportunity to use field guides, binoculars, art supplies and digital cameras to create images and videos of their experiences which are transferred to CDs they keep to share at home with their schoolmates, friends, and families.

To apply for a Youth Camping Grant or obtain more information about the Lassen Park Foundation call (530)378-2600, email martha@lassenparkfoundation.org , or visit www.lassenparkfoundation.org. For more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo or call (530) 595-6102.

Did You Know?

View of devastated area from Main Park Road.

The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after Lassen Peak erupted. Near Lassen Peak the road reaches 8512 feet, making it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. It is not unusual for 40 feet of snow to accumulate on the road near Lake Helen.