Lassen Volcanic National Park makes an excellent classroom and offers educational activities in both the summer and winter months. Field trips are often self-led - read further on this webpage for ideas. Field trips may also include a pre-scheduled Ranger-led Education Program or overnight camping at the Volcano Adventure Camp. Lassen Volcanic's ranger-led education programs are designed to meet the individual needs of classes and CA State curriculum standards. Programs are very popular and dates fill quickly, so make reservations early.
Pre-Visit Planning Guide (pdf, 413 KB)
Self-Led Field Trip Opportunities
We invite you to consider the following activities and resources for use during your Lassen field trip.
Discover self-guided tours, the roadside audio tour, and podcasts for Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Geology Discovery Hunt
Use the exhibits at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center or Loomis Museum to help your students learn more about geology in the park. Ask a ranger for the handout.
Lily Pond Nature Trail
Lead your students on an easy one-mile loop trail along lake shores, forest edges, and through a portion of the rock avalanche area called Chaos Jumbles. Stakes along the trail correspond to numbered paragraphs that explain points of interest and natural features. Guides can be obtained at the trailhead across the highway from the Loomis Museum.
Lead your students on this moderate four-mile round-trip hike to Cinder Cone volcano. Numbered posts correspond to stops in an informative leaflet. Guides can be obtained at the trailhead in the Butte Lake day use parking area.
Public Ranger-led Programs
Education groups are welcome to attend a summer public ranger-led programs during their regularly scheduled times. Summer ranger-led programs are generally offered late-June through early-September. Winter programs for education groups are by reservation only and are generally offered early-January through late-March. If bringing an education group any time of the year, we suggest you make a reservation for an education program.
Distance Education Not Offered at this Time
Lassen's education program is unable to offer virtual classroom visits due to connectivity limitations in the park.
Wayside exhibits that interpret park resources are found throughout the park including along the park highway, on the Lassen Peak trail, on the Bumpass Hell boardwalk, and along the Devastated Area Trail.
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (year-round) and Loomis Museum (summer only), offer park information, interpretive exhibits, and educational bookstores. The Discovery Center offers educational exhibits and a science lab and is open by reservation only.
Education Fee Waivers
National Park Service Academic Fee Waiver Criteria for Applicants
National Park Service (NPS) regulations allow school groups and other bona fide national and international academic institutions to obtain a waiver for park entrance fees, provided that the visit is for educational or scientific purposes, and the resources or facilities the group proposes to use support those purposes. Academic fee waivers are not granted automatically. Applicant groups must show they qualify for the waiver. There are three criteria the group must meet to qualify for an academic fee waiver: eligibility, educational purpose, and relevance of park resources or facilities. These criteria are detailed below:
Academic Fee Waiver Criteria:
Applicants must prove they are a bona fide academic institution by submitting one of the following:
2. Educational Purpose of the Visit
Applicants must provide a written statement confirming that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered. If the group is on a commercial tour, the applicant must state how the tour supports the curriculum.
3. Relevance of Park Resources or Facilities
Applicants must provide a written statement identifying the park resources and/or facilities that will be used to support the educational purpose of the visit, and how they are relevant to that purpose.
How to Apply for an Academic Fee Waiver at a National Park
If you meet the criteria above, submit the following to the address below. Submit your request at least two weeks before your visit.
One (1) chaperone is allowed free entry for each:
Please be aware…
If your request is approved, you will receive an academic fee waiver. Each vehicle must present a copy of the approved fee waiver at the park entrance station. If your request is denied, you will receive a letter from the park explaining why your group does not qualify. If required material is not submitted, the park will attempt to contact and assist you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the park fee office at 530-595-6121 or sent an email. Download a copy of these instructions. (doc, 36 kb)
Last updated: September 8, 2023