Field Seminars

Explore and Discover Lassen Volcanic with Ed-Venture Workshops
Experience Lassen Volcanic National Park at a greater level, through hands-on Ed-Venture Workshops! Education and adventure can easily be found at Lassen Volcanic National Park through Lassen Association's Field Seminar Program. Lassen Association is an educational non-profit organization contracted with the National Park Service since 1939 to provide quality and professional education and interpretation about Lassen Volcanic National Park. Course registration is highly recommended, however walk-ons are welcome if course is not full (cash or personal check only for walk-ons). All workshops are subject to last minute cancellation due to extreme conditions. Course dates and times may also change. Field seminar proceeds directly benefit the park. For more information, please contact the Lassen Association at (530) 378-1495. Pre-registration is available on-line at
Landscape of Manzanita Lake and Chaos Crags
Example photo by instructor Terry Nathan

©Terry Nathan

Nature Photography
In this two-day photography workshop, we will use Lassen Volcanic National Park's stunning landscape and diversity of ecosystems to improve our skills making photographs. By combining in-class and hands-on photography experiences in the park, we will learn about compositional principles that will enable us to make more compelling photographs of wildflowers, geologic features, and grand mountain views. The workshop will consist of a two-hour in class presentation on the principles of lighting and composition, a five-hour hands-on field excursion, a one-hour optional session, and a post photo-shoot critique session. Session includes:

  • The camera, a tool for the heart and mind.
  • Basic aperture, depth of field, etc.
  • Learning to see like an artist: documentation and interpretation.
  • Basic principles of composition: visual weight, proportion, perspective, etc.
  • Seeing the light: quality and direction of light, color.
  • From concept to portfolio: telling a story.

Experience Level: Beginner to Experienced
Ages: 18 and up
Cost: $150 per person; $135 for Lassen Association Members
Instructor: Terry Nathan
Dates: July 23-24 (Manzanita Lake) or September 16-17 (Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes)

July Workshop Schedule
Day 1 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Lecture on lighting and composition. July session at the Loomis Museum; September session at the Park Headquarters in Mineral.

Day 2 - 7 am to 4 pm - Hike around Manzanita Lake
7:00 am Welcome in front of Loomis Museum; session topics (see above)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Optional session (Q&A, practice)
2:00 pm Photo critiques of images captured during the excursion (Loomis Ranger Station)

September Workshop Schedule
Day 1 - 5 pm to 7pm
Lecture on lighting and composition at the Mineral Conference Room in park headquarters.

Day 2 (August) - 7 am to 5 pm - Hike to Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes
7:00 am Welcome at the Terrace Lake Trailhead; session topics (see above)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Optional session (Q&A), practice)
3:00 pm Photo critiques of images captured during the excursion (Mineral Conference Room)

What to Bring
All types of cameras are welcome. Bring plenty of water, backpack, lunch, extra food, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, rain gear for you and gear. Wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots, layers of light and loose clothing. Small folding chair is optional.

Lecture will be at 6000 feet elevation. Field excursion begins at 8200 feet and descends to 7300 feet; steep sections exist along the trail. Weather extremes and rapidly changing conditions may exist; exercise caution with exposure to the elements. Unfavorable or dangerous weather conditions may cancel the course. Light rain will not cancel. The course itinerary is tentative and may change due to weather conditions, participants' experience levels, and accessibility to resources, etc.

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063


(530) 595-4480
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