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Lassen Park Centennial Photo Blitz

September 27th, 2016

Take part in Lassen Park Photo Blitz

Help Lassen Park Document the Centennial Year

Lassen Park is asking for photos to capture the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and Lassen  Volcanic National Park.  As part of the photo blitz  the park is accepting photos until the end of the calendar year.

Lassen Park is conducting this Photo Blitz looking for current day photos taken in the same location, angle, time of day as historic photos they have cataloged.  First step is to print copies of historic photos and then re-create the image as close as possible.   Taking a photo in a different season than the original photo is fine.  If possible document the GPS Coordinates for future reference.

Hat Creek Bridge in Lassen Park Photo Blitz

Hat Creek Bridge Then



Hat Creek in the Fall

Hat Creek Bridge Now



Copies of selected historic photographs of Lassen Park can be picked up at either the Loomis Museum or the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.  For samples of then and now photos visit the online gallery.  For further information on what the Park Service is looking for please visit their photo blitz page and download the photo blitz guide.

Fall Colors in and around Lassen Park

Fall Colors from Mt. Harkness

Fall Colors from Mt. Harkness


The Fall is a great time to visit Lassen Park.  There are many hikes with great fall colors showing.  Cliff Lakes is one of the lesser known hikes that has knotweed with a rich red color.  One of my favorite fall hikes is Mt. Harkness up to the fire look-out tower.  From the look-out tower you have a great view of the Vulcan Eye on Lassen Peak, Lake Almanor and a view of the fantastic fall colors in the Warner Valley.


Centennial Parkcaching Challenge


While you are visiting Lassen Park this fall, take the Centennial Parkcaching Challenge.  Complete 6 of 11 challenges to earn a free commemorative carabiner. Stop at visitor center or download the brochure.  Once you have at least 6 of the challenges completed turn the brochure into a park ranger in exchange for your caribine.  The park caches will only be up until the end of October or when the snow requires them to be removed.






Federal Lands Photo Contest

July 14th, 2016
Mill Creek Falls in Lassen Park

Mill Creek Falls in Lassen Park

Share your  Photos taken on  Federal Recreation Lands for a chance to win $10,000 from the  Federal Lands Photo Contest


Amazing Amateur Photos Wanted of your experiences on Federal Recreation Lands

The Federal Lands Photo contest, Federal Land Management Agencies, National Park Service, U.S.  & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, BLM, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are all part of the 2016 Official Federal Lands Photo Contest.


Where can photos be taken?

Photos must be taken on the lands of one of the above participating agencies.  You can dig back in your older photos (back to Jan. 1st 2014), check current photos or plan a special trip to get that amazing shot up until December 31, 2016.

2016 is the Centennial for the National Park Service, every National Park has special events planned this year.  Lassen Volcanic National Park happens to be turning 100 years old this year also.  Lassen Park has many features and special events that will make wonderful photos for the Federal Lands Photo Contest.

What kinds of photos?

The Share your Experience Photo contest is broken up into six categories.

  1.  Adventure & Outdoor Recreation
  2. Historical & Cultural
  3. Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes
  4. Every Kid in a Park
  5. Wildlife
  6. Night Skies


How is the winning photo going to be used?

The winning photo of the Share your Experience Photo Contest will be used on the 207 America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Lands Pass.  This pass is distributed to over 500,000 people annually.

What are the prizes?

There are several prizes awarded, some of the prizes are awarded weekly.  Grand Prize is 10,000, 2nd Place 5,000 and 3rd Place 3,000.  For prize details visit Share the Experience.


How do I submit my photos?

Simply visit and follow the easy submission process.


What do I do after submitting photos?

It may take up to 48 hours for photos to be uploaded to website.  Make sure to visit website and vote for your favorite photos.  Share with your friends.

Make sure to enjoy your experiences on our Federal Lands.


Photo Opportunities at Lassen Park

If you want some expert help in taking Nature Photos sign up for the 2016 Nature Photography Workshop with Terry Nathan on July 23rd and24th.

Registration now open.  St. Bernard Lodge has one room open for this weekend still.  For some great night sky shots make sure to visit Lassen Park during the Dark Sky Festival Aug. 12th – 14th.


Lassen Summer Film Festival 2016

June 30th, 2016

Lassen Summer Film Festival July 16 & 17th

Lassen Summer Film Festival

Lassen Summer Film Festival





Lassen Park has scheduled  two days of films, screenings will be at both the Loomis Museum at the north entrance of Lassen Park and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at the south entrance during the day.  The evening films will be at the outside amphitheaters at Manzanita Lake and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.

Mill Creek Falls in Lassen Park

Mill Creek Falls in Lassen Park

Story Behind the Scenery ( 20 minute film) will show at 9 am 9:30 am 10am 10:30 am 11:30 am 12:30 1:30 and 4:30 pm. This is the normal film available at Lassen Park visitor centers.  The photography in this short film is excellent.

Film Festival screenings will start at 11:00 am both days.  The last film starts at 9 pm both evenings at the outside amphitheaters.

The films are divided into six categories; Astrobiology, Astronomy, Flora/Fauna, Recreation, Wilderness and Find Your Park.

Do you need help in planning a visit to Redwoods National Park, Lava Beds or Crater Lake.  Make sure to catch the short film clips on each of these National Parks.  Complete film festival  schedule.


Some of the films shorts that give you a deeper understanding of Lassen park include; Lassen Dark Sky Festival, Soundscapes at Bumpass Hell, Hiking Bumpass Hell  and Earn your Turns.

Make sure to visit the park website for updates on trail conditions.  Some trails still have large fields of snow.  Ranger-led programs are scheduled every day of the week until August 11, 2016.  Schedule is on page 10 of Park Newspaper

For more information please call the visitor center at 530-595-4480 or call the St. Bernard Lodge for general questions or to make a room reservation.

Audio Tour of Lassen National Park

June 25th, 2016

Audio Tour New at Lassen Park

Then and Now Audio Tour

Then and Now Audio Tour

With the help of North State Public Radio News Director Matt Shilts, Lassen Park volunteer Dave Schlom and park staff the park now has a 16 stop audio tour  is now available to download from park website.

The tour can be used in either direction along the main park road ( Hwy 89).  At this time the tour has 16 stops along the main park road.  It highlights the 100 year history of Lassen Park as well as covering many of the triumphs and challenges the park faces today.

To listen to The Then and Now Audio Tour  download as a MP3 file from the Lassen Park website or through Wi-Fi at both the Kohm-Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and the Manzanita Lake Camper Store.  Lassen Park is expecting this to be the first of many audio tours produced for park visitors.

Please call St. Bernard Lodge at 530-258-3382 if you would like help planning your visit to Lassen Park.  This year is the centennial for both the National Park Service and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Resources  to help plan your vacation to Lassen Park are also available on the park website. List of other special events  planned for Lassen Park this year.

Digital version of Summer edition of Lassen Park newspaper with summer schedule of ranger led programs.  This gives you contact phone numbers for the park and brief descriptions of hikes within the park.

A great handout for first time visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

For maps of all our National Park units, this is an amazing resource with over 1,000 maps in one place.  From the site you are able to download pdf file images of any of the maps you find useful.



Lassen – Feather River History Loop

April 19th, 2016




 Time to Make Your Plans

Lassen - Feather River History Loop Map

 there is so much to see and do you will want to come back often…

each season has something special to offer

The Lassen – Feather River History Loop covers a large area in North Eastern California.  It includes  parts of Tehama, Plumas and Lassen counties.  The loop includes  history,  regional stories of diverse geology, a fantastic night sky viewing spots, amazing bird watching opportunities, and conservation activities that reflect the passion for the land of those that live here.  The loop highlights the rich history of the region and the many activities the area has to offer visitors.

Visit the Mountain Affairs website for more information on the Lassen Feather River Loop events mentioned below and many others that are scheduled throughout the year. .

Events and Festival page on St. Bernard Lodge website has many events listed in the region and slightly beyond.


Museums on the Lassen – Feather River History Loop

  • Westwood Museum

The Westwood Museum kicks off the season on May 6th, 2016 with their annual fundraising dinner at 6:00 pm.   Dinner guests will have a private tour of the museum as part of the evening activities. Guest speaker Mike Floyd will be presenting on the Western Pacific Railroad.  Mike has just produced a pamphlet on the Northern California Extension – High Line 4th Subdivision.  This pamphlet is available for purchase for $5.

Season hours are Wed. – Sat.  11 am – 4 pm through the end of September.  The museum may be reached at 530-256-2233.

  • Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum

The Greenville Museum opens on May 7th.  Regular hours of the Museum are Thursday – Sunday 10am – 3 pm. Featured exhibit for 2016 will be the history of Crescent Mills.


The Greenville Museum hosts three seminars each season in May, July and September.  This season’s presentations will focus on the 1970’s on May 14th, the 1980’s on July 14th and the 1990’s on September 8th.  Each program starts with a quick overview of the Maidu Indians before 1850, then a short review of each decade starting in the 1850’s.

Questions and interaction with the presenters is always encouraged.  The Cy Hall Memorial Museum can be reached at 530-284-0927.

Each presentation is video taped to save or future generations or if you happen to miss one.  Tapes may be purchased for $10 for your collection.

  • Collins Museum

Collins Museum located at Collins Pines Mill in Chester opens May 11th and will be open 9 am – 5 pm Wed- Saturday until Oct.  The mission of the Collins Pine Museum is to develop exhibits on lumbering, forestry and principles of sustainability. Terry Collins may be reached at 530-258-4441 or visit their website

  • Chester Museum

The Chester Museum stays open year round.  Museum hours are Mon, Tue and Wed.  10 am – 5:30 pm and Thursdays from 1 pm – 7 pm.  The Chester Museum adjoins the original 1929 log cabin built for the Chester Library. The Chester Library has the distinction of being the only  library in California  permanently housed in a log cabin built for that purpose.

  • Indian Valley Museum

Indian Valley Museum opens May 14th.  Regular hours are Sat. and Sun. 1 pm – 4 pm through the fall.

Special exhibit this year will be the Hardgrave Stage Coach circa 1906.This stage coach was originally owned and operated by John Hardgrave and regularly ran from Beckwourth through Genesse to Taylorsville and Greenville in the early 1900’s.

It will be a slow process to restore this stagecoach, it is estimated that it will take two or more years to complete.  Visit often to watch the transformation, of this stagecoach back to its original condition.

The museum is a central part of Pioneer Day held on June 11th. The Hardgrave Stage Coach will be on display at the Creamery from 10 am – 4 pm.  Pioneer Day has a great small town parade, rib cook-off, western shoot out, and craft vendors.  Bring the whole family to take part.

The Indian Valley Museum is well known for its large collection of gems.  A special dealer will be on site with gems and beads July 2, 3 and 4th from 10 am – 4 pm.

July 4th is always a big day for such a small town.  The museum will be hosting the 45th annual Cowboy Breakfast from 7 am – 11 am.  All you can eat.  The world famous Silver Buckle Rodeo  always brings a crown and has been held in Taylorsville since 1949.

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Park will be turning 100 years old on August 9, 2016, making the park sixteen days older than the National Park Service.  The park has planned several special events to help celebrate their centennial.  A Centennial Brochure is available to download.

The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center located near the southwest entrance to the park is open daily from April 1 through November 30 from 9 am – 5 pm.  Park film and exhibits highlight the natural and cultural history of the park. Rangers available to provide park information.

The Loomis Museum is located at the NW entrance to Lassen Park.  The museum will be open Fri- Sun from Memorial Weekend through June 12.  From June 13 through the end of October the museum is open daily from 9 am – 5 pm.  Exhibits include photos from B.F. Loomis who best documented the eruptions of Lassen Peak in the early 1900’s.

  • Historic Olsen Barn

    Lassen Feather River Loop Picture of Historic Olsen Barn

    photo by: Jan Davies

The Feather River Land Trust took on the task of purchasing 107 acres on the eastern edge of Chester.  The property is best known for its 130 plus year old barn, known as the Olsen Barn.  The property is also has significant ecological value particularly for birds. Several pairs of endangered Willow Flycatchers breed on the property and it has one of the highest densities of Yellow Warblers.  Osprey and Bald Eagles are often seen from the property.

There will be a guided bird walk on the Olsen Barn property from 7:30 am – 10:30 am the morning of May 29th, followed at 1:00 pm that afternoon a history walk of the barn itself. Historian Marilyn Quadrio will provide a historical perspective of the Olsen family and ranch.

A first time event is scheduled this summer Aug. 19th -21st by the Plumas Audubon Society.  The Grebe Festival will have birding, boating, hiking, art, culture, current research, beer stroll, movies and lots of free activities at this 3 day event.

  • Tours, Trails & Treasures

Take time to enjoy the self-guided historic walking tours in each communtiy.

Two great driving tours in the region are; Plumas County Barn Quilt Tour.  The Plumas County Barn Quilt tour is one of only three Barn Quilt Tours in California.  The Maidu Auto Tour, known as the World Maker’s Trail, is about 67 miles long and takes 2 hours to drive with many special spots to stop along the way.

Historical Markers in Plumas County, Lassen County,  and Tehama County.


If you have any questions on the area please call 530-258-3382 and we will be glad to help.  When in the area please consider staying with us at the St. Bernard Lodge.



Lassen Volcanic National Park Centennial Events

January 29th, 2016

Lassen Park Centennial Events 2016

Centennial Events Brochure

Centennial Events Brochure Lassen Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park will be turning 100 years old on August 6, 2016.

The National Park Service will turn 100 years old on August 25th, 2016.

The Centennial celebrations will highlight achievements over the first 100 years of the National Park Service, as well as showcasing plans for stewardship of our 409 National Park units into the future.

The National Park Service has prepared a CALL to ACTION to prepare for a second century of stewardship and engagement of our National Parks by the National Park Service.

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Free National Park Passes for 4th Graders

September 2nd, 2015

Free National Park Passes for 4th graders and their families

Free National Park Passes for 4th Graders

Free National Park Passes for all 4th graders

As park of the every kid in a park program, the National Park service if offering free National Park passes for 4th graders. The pass is good for the 2015-2015 school year and through the summer of 2016. The pass expires on August 31, 2016.  This pass not only gets 4th graders into our National Parks for free, but also includes the whole family.

This is the time to get your kids outdoors and to enjoy our National Parks. The National Park Service will be celebrating 100 years of service in 2016.

Every family with a 4th grader needs to visit .  Let your fourth grader start their adventure online.  Hit Play and the adventure will begin.  Your child will begin a diary of what they would like to do in one or more of our National Parks.


After completing the diary they my claim their Free National Park Pass.  This park pass is worth 80.00 dollars and is good for the 2015-2016 school year and into the summer of 2016 until August 31, 2016.  The pass will need to be printed and presented at one of our National Park Recreation Areas.  Digital version are not accepted.

It is important to note that no matter where you live in the United States, there’s a site within two hours of your home.  Visit and put in your zip code to find sites close to you.  There are over four hundred  units and 84 million acres set aside under the National Park Service. St. Bernard Lodge is lucky to be close to Lassen National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park and several other wonderful sites.  Plug in zip code 96061 on the discover the forest site and you can find the many wonderful places close to the lodge.  Please call the lodge at 530-258-3382 and we can help you plan your trip while staying at the lodge and traveling to and from the lodge.

Close to the lodge you can climb Lassen Peak and see Mt. Shasta, hike cinder cone and look down into the opening of the volcano and view the painted desert, hike through a lava tube the Subway Caves and many more great hikes.

For specific details on the free National Park Pass for 4th graders please visit website.

Teachers of fourth graders

Free National Park Passes for 4th GradersTeachers of fourth graders can download passes for their students.  If you are a fourth grade teacher please visit  Every fourth grader’s family needs to know about this program.  The National Park Service has a great activity sheet that can be downloaded for field trips or parents visiting our National Parks with their children.  Activity Sheet.

Teachers of other grades

National Parks are America’s largest classrooms.  Find great lesson plans to use in your classroom or when visiting one of our National Parks. Sometimes schools closest to one of our National Parks forget about all the resources our Parks have to offer.  Please visit the resource page for our National Parks.  You can plug in your grade and topic and find great resources to use with your students.

 Free Park Guide

For both teachers, parents and grandparents please visit for a great information on our  national parks.  the site is full of great information and guides which can be downloaded.

Guide with 35 adventures for kids.

Guide with great overview of the National Parks

Celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service

As part of the celebration of the National Park Service the Centennial Project has been started.  This is a contest to find and celebrate the top 100 Find Your Park Sites.  Submit your story on one of your favorite parks. The top 5 stores will inspire Centennial Ambassadors; Bella Thorne, Rosely Sanchez, Bill Nye, Terrence J and Mary Lambert to create a project.

Grand Prize winners will also win a National Park Weekend Get-A-Way Adventure with REI and more.

There will be 45 first place prize winners and 50 second place prize winners.  For a list of prizes to be awarded visit the Centennial Project website.

 Lodging Near Lassen National Volcanic Park

St. Bernard Lodge makes a great choice to stay when visiting Lassen Park.  The lodge has seven rooms all upstairs with shared bathrooms.  The rooms by be booked individually or the entire upstairs can be booked by a group.  Special pricing for groups of us to 20 guests.  Call the lodge for special pricing and package details.  530-258-3382.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is a great California park to use your free national park pass for 4th graders.  Special ranger led programs in the summer, great fall colors, and a winter wonderland to play in the winter.  Learn to snow shoe with special ranger led snow shoe walks.  Great hills for sledding.


Help Feather River Land Trust Save the Historic Olsen Barn

June 11th, 2015

The Historic Olsen Barn has been an icon for many visiting Lake Almanor and Chester, California


Historic Olsen Barn

Historic Olsen Barn

History of the Olsen Barn

The Olsen barn  is the only remaining barn of three barns Peter Olsen built in the 1860’s.  Peter Olsen immigrated from Norway in the early 1840’s to New York.  Peter Olsen his way to the Oregon Territory, then onto Chester where be began cattle ranching in 1859.  He then then went into dairying as many of the local ranchers did.

The Olsen Barn is not only a historical icon, but also an architectural masterpiece of the time.  The barn  is built with massive hand-hewed timbers and held together with hand carved wooden pegs.  It has definitely stood the test of time.  This is one of the few barns left that have the craftsmanship of this early method of construction.

Significance of the Olsen Barn Property

The Olsen Barn sits on 107 acres of meadow, riparian  forest and wetland adjacent to Lake Almanor at the eastern edge of Chester, California.  The barn stand as a reminder of times past and welcomes you into Chester.

This property has a high ecological value, especially for birds.  The property is part of Audubon designated  Important Bird Area.  It supports the 2nd largest concentration of the endangered Willow Flycatcher in the Sierra Region. A breeding pair of Greater Sandhill Crane make it home, and many more during migration.  Over 200 species of birds have been recorded here.  The Olsen barn currently supports a breeding pair of Barn Owl. This is also a favorite spot for spotting Bald Eagles and Osprey.

The property is an important haven for wildlife habitat.  Also offers wonderful opportunities for nature based recreation activities and outdoor learning.

Cultural Value of the Olsen Barn Property

This property, along with the greater Chester Meadow, is of cultural significance to the Maidu people and is the last remaining piece of Big Meadow that supported a high density of Madiu’s prior to western colonization of the area.  The barn itself is a treasured landmark of the town of Chester.  The barn is one of the few remaining structures dating back to the original settlers of Chester.

Feather River Land Trust Works to Save the Olsen Barn

Feather River Land Trust has taken on the task of saving the Olsen Barn and the 107 acres it sits on.

Earlier this year the Feather River Land Trust took on the task of raising funds to purchase the 107 acre piece of property on the edge of Chester.  One of the goals of the FRLT is to enhance the recreational opportunities  on this property.


Tour the Olsen Barn

How many times have you driven past the barn and wished to see the inside of the Olsen Barn?

If you have always wanted to see the inside of the Olsen Barn, there are two opportunities early this summer.

The first will be on June 27 from 11 a.m. to noon, as part of the FRLT membership appreciation day for present members and donors, or for those who wish to make a donation to the Olsen Barn campaign.”

To take part in the tour and picnic on June 27th please call 530-283-5758 or register online at  Pre-registration is required for the tour on June 27th.

June 27th is also Art Around the Lake, as part of the Art Around the Lake event both Sally Posner and Sally Yost will be ” Artisits in Action” at the Olsen Barn.

Art Around the Lake will be open 9 am – 4pm.  Tickets for the event are 10.00 dollars.  Please visit the website for Art Around the Lake for more information.

Another tour is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on  July 5.   Pre- registration is not required for the July 5th tour.

Mark you calendars for at least one of these dates.  Take time to learn about the Olsen Barn, possibly see the Barn Owls that make their home in the barn. Learn first hand about what the Feather River Land Trust plans to  do with this property into the future.


Collins Family Matching Gift Campaign

Make a donation between May 24th and July 11, 2015 and the Collins Family  has generously offered to match up to $60,000  to support the conservation of the Olsen Barn Property.  Make your donation worth more and get your donation into the Feather River Land Trust before July 11th.

Special Offer From Jan Carmichael Davies

OLSEN BARN SPECIAL: Jan will be offering  special Olsen barn prints (appropriately overpriced, LoL) with all profits going to the Olsen Barn property acquisition fundraiser. The donation amount will DOUBLE with the Collins Family matching donation offer good through July 11. Visit Jan Davies Photography for more details. See frlt.orgfor more about this. Or Feather River Land Trust on Facebook.

Olsen Barn  by Jan Davies

Olsen Barn Chester, Ca


More Ways to Donate

Checks– make out to FRLT and mail to FRLT, P.O. Box 1826, Quincy, CA 95971 or take to Chester Plumas Bank.

Online– Go to FRLT’s donation page and under donation type choose Olsen Barn Campaign.

Stock or Mutual Fund donation– Call Karen at 530-283-5758. It’s easy to make a stock donation and it’s especially beneficial if you have appreciated stock.


Thank-you to all that have donated to FRLT.  They have raised the money to purchase the land.  Watch for updates as FRLT works on a management plan for the property.



Outdoor Educational Tours – Touring with the Sierra Institute

April 18th, 2015

 Outdoor Educational Tours with the Sierra Institute

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is a non-profit organization based out of Taylorsville, Ca.  The Institute offers outdoor educational tours about forest and watershed management.

As part of the Sierra Institute’s goal of getting people outdoors to learn about sustainable forests, local resources, and the unique history and culture of the rural communities of the Lake Almanor Basin and Northern Sierra Nevada, the Institute offers several outdoor educational tours each year.

Make sure to bookmark the Sierra Institute’s web page as many of the tours change each year.  The website is full of testimonials from previous participants.

Tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly. Tasty snacks, meals and beverages are provided.  Cost of each tour is only $50.00 per person.

If you have a strong interest in attending one or all of the educational tours and the cost is stopping you, become a volunteer.

There’s a lot to do when you volunteer at the Sierra Institute!  As a Center of Forestry volunteer, you can learn about local history by volunteering to assist on a tour, or participate in community events sharing the word about Sierra Institute and the Center of Forestry Tours.

Please contact the Sierra Institute directly and let them know you are interested in volunteering for one or more of the Outdoor Educational Tours.  There are several different ways to help.

Recommend to bring  your camera for all the outdoor educational tours.   In the interest of the environment, we always encourage our participants to bring their refillable water bottles, which we can refill during the tour.  Good walking shoes and a hat are always a plus on all our tours! Thank you!


May 9 – Geology 101 of Northern Sierra Outdoor Educational Tour

Soda Rock on the Feather River

Soda Rock on the Feather River

In celebration of Lassen Feather River History Month, Sierra Institute’s Center of Forestry is offering an educational tour focused on the geology of the Northern Sierra Nevada, specifically the Feather River Canyon area.

Bridget Tracy, an environmental studies lecturer at Feather River College, will lead this tour down Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon to view the unique geology of this area.

This tour meets at the Feather River College in Quincy at 9:00 am.  Forestry Building Room 40.

Various stops along the way to see the variety of rock formations, learn about historical values of these formations, and more.

You will explore the geologic evolution of the Northern Sierra Nevada/Southern Cascades over the past 300-million years and cover a wide range of topics from plate tectonics and basic rock types, to gold mineralization and gold recovery, along with river mechanics and water in California.

You’ll see examples of meta-sedimentary and meta-volcanic rock, and some fantastic and colorful rock formations created over millions of years through various geological forces. You’ll learn the difference between brittle and ductile deformations and see examples of both. You will visit the Melones Fault, which is considered mainly responsible for gold in California, and also see one of the last stamp mills in the Northern Sierra while learning a bit about California’s gold mining legacy.

Finally, on our way back we’ll detour to Highway 89 and stop at Soda Rock, also known as Ch’ichy’yam-bam to the Maidu.

Morning refreshments, lunch, and bus transportation are provided as part of the tour, which begins at 9:00am and concludes no later than 3:00pm. Cost is $50 per person.

Visit website at for more information on our tours, and on all our programs.

and on all our programs. To reserve your space, or receive information via email, please contact Camille Swezy at 530.284.1022, or email at

In addition to camera, and water if you have a rock pick or loop, please feel free to bring them.


May 30 – Stairway of Power Outdoor Educational Tour

Belden Power House on the Feather River

Belden Power House on the Feather River

The Water, Power, Fish, and Fire tour, one of the most popular outdoor educational  tours, discusses current issues and interests dealing with hydroelectric power and its relationship with fish populations, fire, and water in the Feather River Watershed.

The tour begins at 8:30 a.m. in Chester at the Collins Pine Museum, where participants will be introduced to the day’s events, tours guides, and enjoy morning refreshments.


Participants will then begin the journey down the “Stairway of Power.” The first stop will be at the Prattville intake on the southwest shore of Lake Almanor, where discussion will be centered on lake ecology, PG&E’s re-licensing process, the potential for a thermal curtain to be installed in the lake to lower the temperature of the North Fork of the Feather River.  Residents of the Lake Almanor Basin are very much against the installation of a thermal curtain in Lake Almanor.

The tour will follow the water down to Butt Valley Reservoir, where participants will discuss the ecological effects of dams on fisheries. The group continues to the Caribou and Belden Powerhouses.

After lunch near the Belden Powerhouse and  the  Old Grist Mill the tour will  head back through the 2012 Chips Fire burn area, discussing the effects of wildfire on the forest and riparian areas.

The tour will conclude around 4:00 p.m., returning participants to the Collins Museum in Chester.

The tour guides for the day will be Ken Roby, retired Fisheries Biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, and Mike Willhoit, retired PG&E manager of the DeSabla division, which covers Butte, Glen. The guide for the fire part of the tour has yet to be determined.

Space is limited, so call early to reserve your place. Morning refreshments, lunch, and transportation are provided as part of the tour, which begins at 8:30am and concludes before 5:00pm. Cost is $50 per person per tour.

Visit  website at for more information on our tours, and on all our programs.

To reserve your space, or receive information via email, please contact Camille Swezy at 530.284.1022, or email at

History Tours & Treasures – Lassen Volcanic National Park

April 4th, 2015

MAY 2015

May History Month

Lassen-Feather River History Month


Lassen Volcanic National Park and communities in Lassen and Plumas County that surround the Park and the Lake Almanor Basin are working together to bring you a full month of special history related activities.

Between visiting the local museums and special programs planned during the month there is always time to just sit back and enjoy to tranquility and beauty of the mountains.

Take in a hike or two on one of great hiking trails in the area.  Lassen Park has over 150 miles of hiking trails within park boundaries.  Lake Almanor has a wonderful 12 mile paved recreation trail along the west side of Lake Almanor.  There are many other trails available in both the Lassen and Plumas National Forest and the Bizz Johnson Trail between Westwood and Susanville.

 History Month Begins May 8th in Westwood

Westwood Museuem

Visit the Westwood Museum

The History Month activities kick off in the community of Westwood on May 8th with an Italian dinner at the Calvary Chapel at 6 pm.  Proceeds will help benefit the Westwood Museum.  Marilyn Quadrio will give a presentation on the History of Red River Company and the building of the Lake Almanor Dam completed in 1914.  Cost for dinner and presentation is $12.00.

Grand Opening of the Westwood Museum for the summer season will be May 9th from 11 am – 4pm.  Entrance will be free for the day.

May 16 & 17th Greenville and Indian Valley History of the 1940’s

Cy-Hall Memorial Museum in Greenville

Cy-Hall Memorial Museum in Greenville


The weekend of May 16th and 17th Greenville will be featuring Indian Valley history during the 1940’s.  Local residents who lived in the area in the 1940’s will be giving 1st hand stories of events, including history from the Maidu perspective.


Greenville and Indian Valley will also have their famous Valley wide yard sale bonanza which has been a local favorite for over 25 years.  Usually there are over 30 individual locations participating, with special treasures to be found.

 Barn Quilt Tour of Plumas County

8 Original Barn Quilts of Plumas County

8 Original Barn Quilts of Plumas County by Nansi Lillian Bohne


While driving between locations take time to view the wildflowers in the meadows and the beautiful Barn Quilts located on many of the Barns in the area.  Local merchants will gladly share the locations of their favorite Barn Quilt with you.

Map of Quincy Barn Quilts



Peter Lassen Marker

Ca State Historic Marker No. 184



Look for the historic marker of Peter Lassen’s 1850 Trading Post.  It is State Landmark No. 184 and is located on the North side of North Valley Road about 4 ½ miles from downtown Greenville.

More history on Plumas County.



Young’s Market is inside a two story brick building on the corner of Main and Nelson Streets in Taylorsville. It is ell worth a stop just to see the working 100 + year old cash register.  The store also makes great sandwiches that you can enjoy on site or take with you for a picnic.

 History of the Eruptions of Lassen

May 22, 1915 Eruption of Lassen Peak

Lassen Eruption seen from Red Bluff, California


May 22, 1915, was the explosive eruption of Lassen Peak.  This eruption devasted nearby areas (much of the devastation can still be seen in the park 100 years later) and rained volcanic ash as far away as 200 miles to the east.  More photos of the eruptions of 1914 and 1915.

Honoring this event 100 years later Lassen Volcanic National Park has scheduled several special presentations by the USGS and park staff starting on May 20th and continuing through May 25th.

May 22 and 23rd there will be a special evening program 9:30 – 11 pm of Night Sky Viewing  from the Devasted Area led by park rangers.  Our National Parks are one of the last places to enjoy the night skies without interference of light pollution

Please visit the Lassen Park website for specific details of all the special events planned both at the south and north entrance of the park as well as at the Devasted Area for Memorial Weekend.

Other Memorial Weekend Events in Chester and Greenville

The Rotary Club of Chester will be hosting their Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Fair at the Chester Park, next to the Feather River.

Indian Valley will be hosting the Indian Valley Century Bike Ride on the 23rd of May.  The ride begins at the Greenville High School and has 3 different lengths for you to choose from.

Memorial Weekend is always a busy time in the Lake Almanor Basin. Make your lodging reservations early. Bikes, Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Jet Skis and speed boats are all available to rent either in Chester or on Lake Almanor beginning Memorial Weekend.

 May 29th -31st History of the Early Days of Chester and Big Meadows

Chester in the early days

Chester in the early days


May 29th – 31st Chester has a full weekend of events planned for your enjoyment starting Friday night with a presentation on Chester and its Pioneer families with a special collection of photographs of the people and places in the early years of Chester.  This presentation will be given by the local historian and author of Big Meadows and Lake Almanor, Marilyn Quadrio.

Saturday morning Lassen Park staff will visit Chester with a special kid friendly presentation about Volcanoes.  You will learn about the different types of Volcanoes and where to find each type in Lassen Park.

Saturday afternoon take a self guided tour of Collins Nature Walk.  Visit Collins Museum for an overview of the Collins Family Lumber operation from 1855 to present day.  Terry Collins will be giving the presentation personally.


Olsen Barn

Olsen Barn

Old Town Chester will be hosting a Beer Stroll with proceeds to help Save the Olsen Barn on Saturday from 4-7 pm.  This is a great time to visit the one of kind stores in Old Town, visit the Olsen Barn, and taste some great beer.

Feather River Land Trust is in the process of purchasing 107 acres on the eastern edge of Chester.  With the purchase of this land the Land Trust will be able to save the iconic Olsen Barn, built by Peter Olsen, in the 1860’s.

Prints available for purchase. 

The Feather River Land Trust has met the first deadline of raising 65,000 by April 10th.  They will still need to raise another 781,000 by Sept 26th to complete the deal.    To make donations please visit the website for the Feather River Land Trust at:

Marilyn Quadrio will be giving a second presentation of the History of Chester’s Pioneer Families at the Memorial Hall Saturday afternoon at the Memorial Hall from 4 – 5 pm.

On Sunday come visit the St. Bernard Lodge and tour the Park Forty Interpretive Trail jut off the PCT.  Terry Collins will give guided tours of the trail between 1-2 pm.  Shuttles will be available between 12:45 and 2:30 from the St. Bernard Lodge and the Park 40 Trailhead.  Parking is very limited at the trailhead.

If you would like lunch or dinner at the St. Bernard Lodge please make reservations one day in advance.  The St. Bernard Lodge is also a great place to spend the weekend.

 Visit the St. Bernard Lodge for early history of the lodge

St. Bernard Lodge Then

St. Bernard Lodge Then



St. Bernard Lodge Now

St. Bernard Lodge Now







For more information on any of the events please give us a call  at 530-258-3382.  We will be glad to help you plan your visit to Lassen Park and the Lake Almanor Basin.

More details on each of these events can also be found on the Mountain Affairs website.

May, will be a very special month this year in the Lake Almanor Basin and Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Our mountain communities are looking forward to having you visit and learn about the local history.