Ranger-led Programs

Visitors explore Bumpass Hell during a ranger-led program

NPS Photo


Lassen Volcanic National Park offers a wide variety of Ranger-led and Junior Ranger programs throughout the summer and winter seasons. View information about ranger-led program below or learn more about special events.

Summer Ranger-led Programs
Ranger-led programs are offered daily June 26 through August 16, 2015. Additional programs may be offered August 17 through September 6, 2015. View the program schedule.

Junior Firefighter Program
Thursdays | July 16, 23, 30 | 11 am | Meet outside the Loomis Museum
Learn how US Forest Service and National Park Service firefighters manage fire to promote forest health and protect lives and property. Firefighters will explain how they use fire engines and firefighting gear to support the important role that fire plays in the ecosystems of our national parks. Participants who complete the program will earn a Junior Firefighter patch.Program is 45 minutes long and is open to all ages.

Rattlesnakes and Wilderness Medicine
Friday, July 17 | 2 - 3 pm | Loomis Museum
Lassen Volcanic National Park's medical director, Dr. Luke Rawlings, will share his experiences in wilderness medicine and offer visitors important information on rattlesnake and other bites, stings, altitude sickness, and hyper and hypothermia. This interactive presentation will answer your questions about what to do if you are faced with a medical incident in the backcountry.

World Listening Day

Saturday, July 18 | 11 am - 1 pm | Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center
Stop by our World Listening Day booth with park volunteer sound specialist, Greg Weddig, and learn about the special soundscapes of Lassen. A member of the Nature Sounds Society, Greg brings 20 years of experience in the professional audio industry of which the last 10 involved nature recording. He has taught field recording and editing classes and has a special interest in creating baseline recordings of endangered and threatened habitats.

An Evening Grosbeak gets ready to be released after being banded for monitoring

Evening Grosbeak

NPS Photo

Public Bird Banding Demonstration
Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Meet at the Manzanita Lake boat ramp

Each year Lassen's natural resource team uses nets to capture and band migratory birds. This monitoring provides information on population abundance and health. Join us for a public bird banding demonstration. Meet a ranger at the Manzanita Lake boat ramp area at one of the times list above for a five minute walk to the banding site. Don't forget your camera!

A ranger-led snow walk heads to Sulphur Works.

A ranger leads a group of snowshoers at Lassen Volcanic National Park

NPS Photo

Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks
Offered Saturdays and Sundays in the winter season, generally January through early April
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center | 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Ranger-led snowshoe walks are an excellent way to learn or practice snowshoeing techniques and explore Lassen in its winter form. Route and distance varies depending on group ability and fitness. At the beginning of each snowshoe walk, a ranger will demonstrate how to put on snowshoes and how to move around. Once the basic techniques are covered, the group heads out into the snow and the adventure begins!
  • Snowshoes are provided, a $1 donation is requested to cover maintenance costs.
  • Organized groups planning on attending a regularly scheduled walk must schedule a ranger-led snowshoe walk outside of regularly scheduled walks.
  • Space is limited to 40 people per program. A ticket must be obtained in person the day of in order to attend the walk.
  • Walks are open to those eight years of age and older; children in carriers are not allowed due to safety concerns.
  • Poles are not permitted due to safety concerns.
  • Snowshoes are only provided for the ranger-led activity; the park does not rent snowshoes or other winter equipment.

Winter Ecology Snowshoe Program
Lassen's Education Program offers ranger-led snowshoe walks and winter ecology programs for school groups grades 3 through 8. Programs are by reservation only. Please visit our
Field Trips page for more information.


Did You Know?