Ranger-led Programs

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers a wide variety of Ranger-led and Junior Ranger programs throughout the summer and winter seasons. View information about ranger-led program below or learn more about special events.

A ranger-led snow walk heads to Sulphur Works.
A ranger leads a group of snowshoers at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks

Saturdays and Sundays, January 4 through March 29, 2020
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center | 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Ranger-led snowshoe walks are an excellent way to learn or practice snowshoeing techniques and explore Lassen in its winter form. The walks cover one to two miles of moderately strenuous terrain. They don’t follow a trail—the hike is an off-trail exploration through the forests near the Visitor Center. At the beginning of each snowshoe walk, a ranger will demonstrate how to put on snowshoes and how to move around. Once the basic techniques are covered, the group heads out into the snow and the adventure begins!

Please Note: Walks may be cancelled at the last minute due to extreme weather conditions. Please feel free to call (530) 595-4480 ahead to check on conditions.

  • Location is at the park's Southwest Entrance off of Hwy 36.
  • There are no ranger-led walks at the park's Northwest Entrance.
  • Snowshoes are provided, a $1 donation is requested to cover maintenance costs.
  • Organized groups or groups larger than 10 planning on attending a regularly scheduled walk must schedule a ranger-led snowshoe walk outside of regularly scheduled walks.
  • Space is limited; obtain a free ticket at the front desk the day of.
  • Walks are open to those eight years of age and older; children in carriers are not allowed due to safety concerns.
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear is recommended such as; water-resistant hiking boots or snow boots, layered clothing and water or wind resistant outerlayer, hats, gloves and sunglasses.
  • Snowshoes are only provided for the ranger-led activity; the park does not rent snowshoes or other winter equipment.

Winter Ecology Snowshoe Program

Lassen's Education Program offers ranger-led snowshoe walks and winter ecology programs for school groups grades 3 through 8. Programs are by reservation only. Please visit our Field Trips page for more information.


Summer Ranger-led Programs

Discover your park through a ranger-led program from Junior Ranger activities to evening talks. Programs are offered mid-June through early September.

View the ranger-led program schedule and descriptions for August 4 through September 1, 2019 (PDF, 54KB) or view by date on the calendar.

Orange patch with firefighting symbols

Junior Firefighter Program

Thursdays, June 20 to August 15, 2019* | 11:00 - 11:45 am
Outside the Discovery Center
(across from the Loomis Museum in the Manzanita Lake Area)

Learn how US Forest Service and National Park Service firefighters manage fire to promote forest health and protect lives and property. Learn how firefighters use engines and firefighting gear to support the important role that fire plays in the ecosystems of our national parks. Participants who complete the program will earn a Junior Firefighter patch. Program is 45 minutes long and is open to all ages. *Scheduled programs may be affected by firefighter availability, visit the Loomis Museum for updated information.

An Evening Grosbeak gets ready to be released after being banded for monitoring
Evening Grosbeak

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Public Bird Banding Demonstration

Sunday, July 19, 2020
8:00 am - 8:30 am - 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Meet at the Manzanita Lake boat ramp

Each year Lassen's natural resource team uses nets to capture and band migratory birds. This monitoring provides information on population abundance and health. Join us for a public bird banding demonstration. Meet a ranger at the Manzanita Lake boat ramp area at one of the times list above for a five minute walk to the banding site. Don't forget your camera!

Last updated: December 9, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063


(530) 595-4480

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