Special Events

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Texas Poets Laureate Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach.

Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach

Words of Preservation
Poets Laureate Poetry Reading

Friday, September 14, 2018
3:00 pm | Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center
7:30 pm | Manzanita Lake Amphitheater

Enjoy a reading of selected poetry by Texas Poets Laureate Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach. Meet and ask questions of the adventurous pair who are in the midst of a three-year poetry tour titled: Words of Preservation: A Poets Laureate National Parks Tour. You can also listen to the North State Public Radio's Blue Dot episode National Parks & Poetry featuring Karla and Alan.

Two green refillable propane canisters

Propane Cylinder Exchange

August 31, 2018 | 1 pm - 5 pm | Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center
Visit the information desk for exchanges Saturday 9/1 through Monday 9/3 | 9 am - 5 pm
Stop tossing camping propane bottles and instead exchange two empty, disposable, one-pound propane cylinders for a free refillable cylinder at this special event. Learn more about refillable cylinders with representatives from California Product Stewardship Council today only and enjoy free, safe disposal of one-pound propane cylinders all summer long outside the Visitor Center.
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Art, Wine & Brew of Lassen

September 8, 2018 | Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center | 11 am - 5 pm
Taste wine from local vineyards, sample products from regional entrepreneurs, and enjoy music from local artists on the visitor center patio. A $10 tasting fee includes a commemorative glass. This event is hosted by the concessioner, California Guest Services. View photos on Flickr.


National Public Lands Day

September 29, 2018
Participate in the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort on National Public Lands Day. More information on specific volunteer opportunities will be available in the near future. By volunteering on this day, you will receive a fee-free day coupon to be used at a future date. Entrance to all National Park sites is also free on this date.
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Field Seminars

June through September
Learn, explore, and discover through field seminars offered by park partner, Lassen Association.
Chickadee perched on snow

Annual Christmas Bird Count

Join in the annual
Audubon Christmas Bird Count and be a part of this special contribution to conservation. Volunteers ready to enjoy a beautiful day in the woods are invited to meet at the administration building in park headquarters at 8 am. The bird count will continue through 4:30 pm, however you can participate for an hour or two, or the entire day. Novice and experienced birders alike are welcome. Be sure to bring a lunch, snow boots, gloves, warm clothes, and binoculars.

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Hike and Bike the Highway

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - CANCELLED
This event is cancelled due to overnight snowfall and accumulation of ice on the park highway.
Come walk, hike, or bike the 19-mile stretch of Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway between Sulphur Works and Devastated Area just prior to the highway opening to through traffic for the season on Sunday, 5/27. This section of the highway will remain closed to all motorized vehicles. Non-motorized use is also encouraged on other sections of the highway that have been cleared of snow, but are not yet open to vehicles. View the 2018 event handout (PDF, 663KB) for more information.

Lassen Dark Sky Festival

August 3 - 4, 2018 | Park-wide
Join park rangers, astronomers, and planetary geologists in celebrating all that is out of this world during Lassen's Dark Sky Festival.

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Reach Higher Trail Challenge

Kick-off Saturday, June 9, 2018
Take the Reach Higher Trail Challenge and take your fitness level to new heights! Participants hike trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park and calculate their approximate calories burned for each hike to earn a commemorative bandana. Are you ready for the challenge?
Logo of hikers on Lassen Peak Trail

Reach the Peak Hike-a-Thon

August 11, 2018 | Lassen Peak Trail | 8 am - 4 pm
Participants in the second annual Reach the Peak Hike-a-Thon will hike the Lassen Peak Trail to raise money for youth camping programs. This fundraiser is organized by the Lassen Park Foundation, which provides a fueling station at the trailhead with water and snacks to take with you on the trail (there will not be aid stations along the route). Please bring a water bottle or hydration pack to reduce disposable bottle waste. Kids under 12 are free! Learn more or register here.


Day in the Park Festival

August 11, 2018 | Loomis Plaza | 11 am - 2 pm
Celebrate Lassen Volcanic National Park's birthday (August 9) with this special event hosted by the Lassen Park Foundation. Enjoy information booths with hands-on activities and displays. A fundraiser barbecue lunch will be served by Anderson Rotary Club. Funds raised will support Lassen Park Foundation projects and programs including the Youth Camping Program.

Last updated: August 31, 2018

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