• Lassen Peak from Hat Creek

    Lassen Volcanic

    National Park California

Special Events

 
Visitor sample wine on the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center patio

Visitors sample local wine on the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center patio

Public Lands Day Events
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Fee Free Day

Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Activities/Events

Junior Ranger Art in the Park
10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Amphitheater
How does Lassen inspire you? Capture the spectacular scenery of Lassen through drawing, painting, photography, and writing. Meet with guest artists and submit your art to the National Parks Gallery. Materials provided.

Art & Wine Festival
11:00 am - 5:00 pm | Patio
Wine tasting and art exhibits featuring local wineries, artists, and musicians will be celebrated in style at Lassen Volcanic National Park. View photos from the Art & Wine Festival.

Author Book Signings
11:00 am - 5:00 pm | Lassen Association Bookstore (inside visitor center)
Pick up a new book or bring your own copy for signature by four Lassen Association authors:

George Perkins - Hiking Trails of Lassen Volcanic National Park
Ken Johnston - Legendary Truths: Peter Lassen and His Gold Rush Trail in Fact and Fable
Steven T. Callan - Badges, Bears, and Eagles: True-Life Adventures of a CA Fish and Game Warden
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre - Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park

Digital Brushstrokes
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Auditorium
Join Lassen's first Artist-in-Residence, Melissa Lockwood, for a showing of her digital illustrations produced during her three month residency.

Solar Scope Viewing
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Front patio
Come and safely marvel at our closest star through a solar scope and learn some surprising and interesting facts about the center of our solar system.

Green Fire Film Showing
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Outdoor Amphitheater
Green Fire spotlights the efforts of Aldo Leopold, arguably the greatest conservationist of the 20th century. Learn about Leopold's idea of a land ethic for a population facing significant ecological challenges and how this idea changed one man and eventually conservation as a whole.

Constellation Tour and Stargazing
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Join rangers for a laser-guided tour of the constellations along with telescopes pointed at planets, star clusters, dying stars, and distant galaxies.

Loomis Museum Activities/Programs

On the Wildside
9:30 am - 10:15 am | Loomis Museum
Coyotes - The good, the bad, or somewhere in-between. Join a Ranger for a lively, interactive discussion of these highly adaptable and successful members of the wildlife community.

Public Lands History
11:00 am - 11:45 am | Loomis Museum
Join a Ranger to learn about how America preserved and developed public lands during the Great Depression. A special program to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

Great Lodges of the NPS Film Showing
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
| Loomis Museum Auditorium
A fantastic documentary on the great National park Service lodges of the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the great lodges of Mt. Rainier, Oregon Caves, and Crater Lake...and find out what happened to Lassen's lodge that is no more.

Lassen's Wilderness
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
| Loomis Museum Auditorium
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act. Come and discover the many meaning of wilderness during this illustrated program.

Green Fire Film Showing
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Loomis Museum Auditorium
Green Fire spotlights the efforts of Aldo Leopold, arguably the greatest conservationist of the 20th century. Learn about Leopold's idea of a land ethic for a population facing significant ecological challenges and how this idea changed one man and eventually conservation as a whole.

 
Pedestrians walk on the vehicle-free park highway

Pedestrians walk on the vehicle-free park highway

Vehicle Free Day
New! Saturday, October 18, 2014
Enjoy walking, running, or biking on the park highway vehicle-free! Come prepared for cool weather especially in the early morning and late evening. Don't forget clothing layers, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Restrooms will be available at various stops along the highway. Water will be available only at the Loomis Museum, Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, and Lassen Peak parking area. Leashed pets are permitted on pavement. Read the fall vehicle-free day handout to learn more.

 
Reach Higher Logo
Reach Higher Trail Challenge
Summer 2014
Earn a commemorative bandana just by hiking and burning calories! Participants can pick up a brochure at an entrance station, the Loomis Museum, or the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Once you've completed the challenge, bring your brochure to the Loomis Museum or Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center to receive your free bandana.
 
Dark Sky festival goers participate in a solar system activity

Dark Sky festival goers participate in a solar system activity

NPS Photo

Dark Sky Festival
Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3, 2014
Join us for this annual event as visitors, park rangers, astronomers, and planetary geologists celebrate all that is out of this world. Special programs, presentations, hikes, and Junior Ranger Night Explorer activities will be offered during the festival.

 
A Mountain Chickadee perched on snow

Annual Christmas Bird Count
Friday, December 18, 2013 | Park Headquarters in Mineral | 8 a.m.
Join in the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count and be a part of this special contribution to conservation. Volunteers ready to enjoy a beautiful day in the woods are invited to meet at the administration building in park headquarters at 8 a.m. The bird count will continue through 4:30 p.m., however you can participate for an hour or two, or the entire day.

Novice and experienced birders alike are welcome. Be sure to bring a lunch, snow boots, gloves, warm clothes, and binoculars.

 

Did You Know?

closeup of white flowers of smelowskia flower

The Lassen Smelowskia flower only grows within Lassen Volcanic National Park, with the largest population on Lassen Peak, and is considered a Threatened and Endangered Species.