News Release Date: June 7, 2012
Contact: Darlene Koontz, 530-595-6102
Free Entrance on June 9
Get a head start on your summer fun with free admission to any national park on Saturday, June 9. In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, all 397 national parks will waive entrance fees. "Outdoor physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and national parks are great places to get out, experience nature, and to get your heart pumping," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
National Get Outdoors Day is part of Great Outdoors Month, proclaimed by the President to encourage Americans, especially youth, to participate in outdoor activities and enjoy the beauty of our public lands. A list of other sites hosting National Get Outdoors Day activities can be found at http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/locations/
"We hope that you will come to Lassen Volcanic National Park and enjoy this wondrous park. There are a lot of hiking trails from easy to strenuous levels, still some snow to ski or play in, and lakes to take a walk around and enjoy viewing the wildlife," stated Superintendent, Darlene M. Koontz. Lassen Volcanic will offer special ranger-led walks on Saturday in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. Special programs include a one-hour Manzanita Lake nature walk at 10:00 a.m. leaving from the Loomis Museum and a ranger-led hike to Mill Creek Falls beginning at 2 p.m. leaving from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.
Visitors are invited to get outdoors and explore Lassen this summer with the park's new Explore Safely program. Explore Safely helps visitors prepare for the challenges that come with recreating in Lassen's continually changing landscape, high elevation, and dramatic seasons. Download new pocket trail guides for Lassen Peak, Devils Kitchen, and Mill Creek Falls; read about current trail conditions; or learn more about specific trails at www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/hiking-safety.htm. New trail guides will be added periodically throughout the summer to help visitors prepare for their adventure.
Hikers are also invited to participate in the Explore Safely Trail Challenge over Labor Day weekend - September 1 through 3. Explore your park at your pace by completing challenges to qualify for an Explorer, Adventurer, or Trail Master award. Participants will receive an Explore Safely bandana and certificate. Visit http://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/special-events to learn more.
For more information, please contact the park at (530) 595-4480, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/lavo.