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Contact: Steve Gibbons, 530-595-6102
MINERAL, CA –Lassen Volcanic National Park has numerous events planned to celebrate Lassen's and the National Park Service centennials during the months of July and August. "Visitors will want to plan their Lassen visit accordingly and in sync with centennial activities in order to participate in a variety of programs and special events," said Park Superintendent Steve Gibbons. "We hope you'll have the opportunity to come and enjoy the park celebrations throughout the summer."
July 16-17 features the park's first summer film festival which celebrates Lassen Volcanic National Park and outdoor recreation through film. Enjoy daytime and evening film screenings at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, Loomis Museum, and Manzanita Lake Amphitheater. Themes of the various films include Find Your Park, Astronomy, Flora and Fauna, Recreation, Astrobiology, and Wilderness.
On July 22 a special "Alumni of Lassen Gathering" centennial event dinner for current and past park employees, volunteers, and partners will feature a very special appearance by Stephen T. Mather, the first director of the National Park Service (1916-1928). Mr. Mather will come to us through a dramatic presentation in the first person costumed character by historical reenactor Steve Hale of Comstock Characters. Additional special presentations of Stephen T. Mather will be offered to the public on Saturday, July 23 at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and at the Manzanita Lake Amphitheater at 9:00 p.m.
An official dedication of the rehabilitated Lassen Peak Trail featuring a special presentation with refreshments followed by a ranger talk on Lassen Peak summit will occur on July 3o at 10:00 a.m.
On August 6 the park will commemorate the new Volcano Adventure Camp with a tour of the facility developed to introduce young people to camping and adventures in Lassen Volcanic National Park. This event, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., will be immediately followed by the park's 100th birthday celebration, Day in the Park Festival featuring family activities, displays, music by Bill Oliver, ranger-led programs, and a fundraiser barbecue and raffle.Meal tickets are $12 and include a raffle ticket.
Lastly, join us for the annual Dark Sky Festival 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. The schedule for programs will be available on the park's website on July 22.
For more information, please contact the park at (530)595-4480 or email@example.com.