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Public Lands Day Special Events at Lassen Park

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

5th Annual Art & Wine of Lassen Festival with Free Park entrance in honor of Public Lands Day.

 

The Lassen Park Rangers, Lassen Association and Cal Parks Company have planned a fun filled day at Lassen Park to celebrate Public Lands Day.

Begin the day with a special Junior Ranger Program – Art in the Park

junior ranger10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Amphitheater

Guests artists will be on hand to help you show how Lassen Park inspires you through drawing, painting, photography and writing.  Materials will be provided and you may submit your artwork to the National Parks Gallery.

 

 

5th Annual Art & Wine of Lassen Festival

11:00 am – 5:00 pm | Patio area of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Art & wine  Lassen

This event keeps growing each year.  $7.00 tasting fee for wine tasting which includes a commemorative wine glass.  Many of the local wineries from Manton will be show casing their wines for your tasting pleasure.  Manton, California has just been designated one of the 225 federally designated grape growing regions in the country.  There are 11 vineyards and 7 wineries in Manton.

Local artists  and craftsmen will have their work on display and for sale.

Allison Scull and Victor Martin with special guest Stefan Schittke will be playing music from 1 pm – 4 pm.  Allison will perform on the guitar and vocals.  Victor plays the saxophone and sings.  Stefan in on the keyboards.

Allison and  Victor have played venues in both Oregon and California.  If you miss them at the Lassen Art & Wine Festival they will be playing again at the Manton Apple Festival on Oct. 4th at Cedar Crest Vineyards with the Midnight Band.

Special Author Book Signings

11:00 am – 5:00 pm | Lassen Association Bookstore (inside visitor center)

Four Lassen Association authors will be signing books.  Bring your copy or plan to purchase on at the Lassen Association Bookstore.

The Lassen Association will be offering special pricing on some items in the bookstore.  Great time to start your Christmas shopping, meet some great authors in person and support the Lassen Association.

George Perkins - Hiking Trails of Lassen Volcanic National Park 

Ken Johnston – Legendary Truths: Peter Lassen and His Gold Rush Trail in Fact and Fable
Steven T. Callan – Badges, Bears, and Eagles: True-Life Adventures of a CA Fish and Game Warden
Tracy Salcedo-Chourr Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park

Digital Brushstrokes
universe-on-hell-s-doorstep-watermarked1:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Auditorium

Meet Melissa Lockwood, learn about her experience as Lassen’s first Artist-in-Residence.  If you are interested in the Artist-in-Residence program applications are being accepted thru Oct. 31, 2014 for the 2015 year.  Melissa’s 7 digital illustrations will be on display for your viewing.

Solar Scope Viewing
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Front patio of SW Visitor Center

Come and safely marvel at our closest star through a solar scope and learn some surprising and interesting facts about the center of our solar system.

For many guests staying at St. Bernard Lodge this was a highlight of the Dark Sky Festival this summer.

Green Fire Film Showing
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Outdoor Amphitheater
Green Fire spotlights the efforts of Aldo Leopold, arguably the greatest conservationist of the 20th century. Learn about Leopold’s idea of a land ethic for a population facing significant ecological challenges and how this idea changed one man and eventually conservation as a whole.

Constellation Tour and Stargazing
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm | South Visitor Center
Join rangers for a laser-guided tour of the constellations along with telescopes pointed at planets, star clusters, dying stars, and distant galaxies. Bring jackets and a blanket temperatures are starting to drop in the evening.

 

Last minute lodging reservations still available at St. Bernard Lodge.  The Lodge  is only 20 minutes from the SW entrance of Lassen Park.  Three rooms are still available for Sept. 26th and 27th.  Make plans now to enjoy Public Lands Day at Lassen.

National Park Week 2014

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
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National Park Week 2014

National Park Week was first established in 1991 as part of the National Park Service 75th anniversary. This year National Park Week falls from April 19-27th.  All 401 National Parks will have fee free days April 19th and 20th.  During the week many parks will have special activities for both Earth Day, April 22, and special programs for Junior Rangers.

Most Americans are less than 100 miles from a National Park.  Check your local National Park for activities and special programs during National Park Week, remember entrance fees are waived for the 19th and 20th of April.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is re-opening the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center on April 1st.  If you need lodging for your trip to Lassen Park please check availabilitly at St. Bernard Lodge.  Take advantage of our Spring special:  Book 3 nights and 25% off third night stay through end of April 2014.

If you are unable to visit a National Park during National Park week, you may want to watch the new movie “Bears” produced by Disneynature.  Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation  if you watch “Bears” during opening week starting April 18th.

 

Some fun facts about our National Parks:

  • 84 million acres of spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasure
  • 17,000 miles of trails
  • 43,000 miles of shoreline
  • 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures
  • 100 million museum items
  • Largest Natinal Park is 13.2 million acres, the smallest .02 acres
  • Home to the largest trees in the world, the Sequoia Tree
  • Most important you are probably less than a 2 hour drive to one of our 401 National P

 

 

 

Special Events at Lassen Volcanic National Park for Summer 2014

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Highlights of Events at Lassen Park for 2014

 

Make your Plans to Hike the Lassen Peak Trail

 

Hiking Lassen PeakThe Lassen Peak trail is in its last year of a 2.5 million dollar trail  restoration project spanning over 5 years. It will be open to hike to the top of Lassen Peak on 6 weekends during the summer of 2014.

Once the snow is gone for the winter the first 1.3 miles of the Lassen Peak trail is hike-able to Grandview.  The trail is open past Grandview on the following dates:

The first weekend the trail is open to the Peak is Father’s Day Weekend  Friday June 13th – Sunday June 15th.

The trail will be open for Independence Day Weekend from Thursday July 3- Monday July 6.

The trail will be open for the Full moon in August from Friday, August 8th – Monday, August 10th.  The full moon is August 10th.

Labor Day Weekend from Friday August 29th – Monday September 1st.

The trail will be open during Public Lands Day, Sept. 27th.  The trail will be accessible from  Friday Sept. 26th – Sunday, September 28th.

The 27th will be a fee free entrance day to Lassen Park as well as the 4th Art & Wine Festival at the Kohmane Visitor Center.

The last opportunity to hike the peak in 2014 will be Columbus Day Weekend Friday, October 10- Monday , October 13.

Because of the popularity of this trail it is advised to plan for an earlier start if at all possible.

The Reach the Peak project began in 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in 2014.  For details on trail improvement  and progress to date check the park website.   The park has produced a  Short Video on Lassen Peak  showing some of the great views, pictures of Lassen Peak erupting and highlights of the restoration project.

 

3rd Annual Dark Sky Festival  August 1-3rd

 

Bumpass-Hell-viewing-Lassen-and-Milky-WayThis is a celebration to showcase the Dark Sky over Lassen Park.  This will give you an opportunity to learn more about our Dark Skies and the great resource they are.  You will learn little ways to help save this resource you may not have thought of.

There will be activities during the day and into the evening.  Telescopes will be set up at Bumpass Hell parking area as well as other locations in the park.  Check back here later in the season for more details.  Basic video of event.

A complete schedule of events will be available early July at the park website go.nps.gov/darksky.

Some of the highlights from last year included a special Night Explorer patch for kids 5 to 12.  The patch is earned by completing activities in the Night Explorer workbook.  The workbook is available at both the Loomis Visitor Center and the Kohm Yah-meh-nee Visitor Center.

A ranger led Solar System hike along the Mill Creek Falls Trail.  You will learn just how far apart the planets in our solar system are spaced.  Much more fun to learn about our solar system while on a beautiful hike that sitting in a classroom.

You will be able to enjoy great views of the Milky Way, with laser guided tours of constellations, as well as telescope viewing.

Last year the Astronomical Society of Nevada helped out with this event and they are scheduled to return.  One of their goals is to encourage, foster, conduct and support programs on astronomy and related sciences for the education and enlightenment of the general public.

NASA scientists were part of the program, teaching about the exciting field of astrobiology and Lassen’s role in the search for life.

Guest staying with us last year all raved about this program.  Make your plans to visit now.  Availability for lodging at the St. Bernard Lodge.

 

Special Programs for the Kids

junior rangerLassen Volcanic National Park offers several programs just for the kids and a few for the adults.  Lassen Park offers a junior ranger program, ranger led programs begin late June and run until early part of August.  Most of the programs are 45 minutes in duration and are held at Manzanita Lake, Devasted Area, Summit Lake, Sulphur Works and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.  The exact schedule will be published in the park paper ” Peak Experiences” and later in the season can be found on the park website.

To get a head start print the Junior Ranger book now or it can be picked up at either visitor center in the park.  This version of the workbook is special, the front cover was designed by a local school student.

Lassen Park offers the Chipmunk Club for younger children.  The Lassen Volcano Club Card can be fun for all ages. To print the activity sheet.  Resources to help you complete the seven activities.

The National Park System has a way for you to become a Web Ranger from home.  Take a peek at the program now. This program is great for all ages and has interactive games, stories, and puzzles.  It lets you track your progress and earn awards while learning about out National Parks and Monuments.

Please check back often for more updates on special programs and events both at Lassen Park and Northern California near St. Bernard Lodge.  Our events page has other events scheduled in the area.  Room availability is just a click away.  We welcome your phone calls for general information on Lassen Park and the area surrounding St. Bernard Lodge.  Looking forward to hearing from you 530-258-3382.

 

 

Learn about the Amazing Birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

June 21st and 22nd

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Join Dr. Roger Lederer at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Friday June 21st from 4-5 pm.  Dr. Lederer will be presenting a power point presentation which is open to all that are interested in attending at no charge.  The lecture will be an introduction to both the birds of Lassen Volcanic National Park and interesting and amazing adaptions of birds. Background and books by Dr. Lederer.

 

This program targets local community members and visitors who have basic or no knowledge of birds.  This is your opportunity to learn from Dr. Lederer.

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Saturday morning meet at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center at 8:30am.  Dr. Lederer will be leading a guided walk of the Mill Creek Falls Trail.  This walk will last until approximately 10:15 am.  There is a $25 fee for the guided walk.  Group size is limited to 15 participants.  A second session will be scheduled at 10:30 am if needed.

 

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Please direct questions or register with Melanie Allen at 530-378-1495 or online at lassenassociation.org.

Bring your camera, you may just get the perfect shot for the 2014 Lassen Volcanic National Park photo contest.  You may also want binoculars and bird guide.

Please contact St. Bernard Lodge at 530-258-3382 for dining or lodging options.  St. Bernard Lodge is offering a 15.00 dinner voucher at the lodge for any guests staying at the lodge and attending the guided walk of Mill Creek Falls with Dr. Lederer.

Opportuntity to Bike Lassen Park Main Road without Vehicular Traffic

Monday, May 20th, 2013

A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits cyclists this year at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Due to continued road construction on Hwy 89 in Lassen Park near Sulphur Works, the 30 mile stretch of Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists only.  The road will be open May 28th to June 6th from the North entrance near Manzanita Lake to the South entrance and the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor center.  During this time frame vehicles will not be allowed past Sulphur Works on the south side and the Devastated Area on the north side of  Lassen Park.  The road is open May 20th- to May 24th noon for pedestrians and bicyclists per park ranger today.  It is not being promoted due to debri near Sulphur Works. If you are careful getting by construction at Sulphur Works you may bike or hike the complete 30 miles of Hwy 89 in the park.

Please if cycling is important to you contact Lassen Park at 530-595-4480.  Leave a message that you are unable to make it this year, but are interested for future years.  The park road has opened as early as May 10th in 2001 and as late as July 16th in 2011.  Once snow is removed it may be possible to allow bicyclists and hikers for 1-2 days before traffic is allowed.  To have this happen you need to make your voice heard.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the park and all the great views along Hwy 89  from your bicycle.  Hwy 89 runs 30 miles north and south through Lassen Park.  This Hwy has the distinction of being the highest paved road in the entire Cascade Range reaching 8,512 feet.
Hwy 89 is part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway which many bicyclists enjoy each year.  To have the rare opportunity to enjoy the views along Hwy 89 in the park with only other bicyclists and hikers is something not to be missed if possible.

There is lodging and camping on both the north side of Lassen Park, (Rim Rock Ranch Resort), camping in the park, and lodging and meals at the St. Bernard Lodge 20 miles from the south entrance of Lassen Park.

If you have more than a day you may want to include a ride around the West side of Lassen Park and include Manton.  Manton has several wineries to visit.  A ride around the east side of Lassen Park could include visiting the Subway Caves in the Lassen National Forest.  South east of Lassen Park you have St. Bernard Lodge, the town of Chester and Lake Almanor.

A few great rides in the Chester area include; Last Chance Loop, Lake Almanor Recreation Trail and riding around the 52 miles of shoreline of Lake Almanor.   The Bizz Johnson Trail runs from Westwood to Susanville.  Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports has some artistic maps of these trails.  We always recommend riding the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail to our guests traveling from St. Bernard Lodge to Quincy.  It adds little in the way of distance and gets you off of Hwy 89.  The trail is 6 feet wide and paved.  In the height of summer you may have to share with hikers, but no cars to deal with.

Chico Velo Cycling Club has a June Adventure Ride scheduled for Lassen Park on June 8th.  Please check their website for details.

Coming up in the near future are two century bike rides in the area.  The first is June 15th and  is the Mile High 100 ride around Lake Almanor.  this will be the 31st  year for this ride..  The second ride is in Greenville and travels through Indian Valley this ride is schedule for June 22nd.

Some of the best back roads of Plumas County are included on the Barn Quilt Trail.  These routes get you off the main roads and allow for beautiful scenery and also stunning barn quilts.  More information on biking Plumas County.

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Heart K Barn

 

 

Hwy 89 in Lassen Park will be open to traffic for Memorial Day Weekend.  Road is due to open to traffic at noon on May 24th and closes May 27th or early May28th.

We hope to see you and share our mountain with you.

 

 

Photography Workshop at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Lassen Association holding Photography Workshops July 19th & 20th and Sept. 6th & 7th

Photo Workshops at Lassen Park

 

Each seminar will consist of a combination of in-class and hands-on photography experiences in Lassen Park. The seminars will be taught be Terry Nathan.

Basic compositional principles will be covered enabling you to make compelling photographs spanning a wide range of natural subjects. Subjects will include wildflowers, geologic features and grand mountains views found in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The workshop will begin with a two hour class presentation covering the principle of lighting and composition. This part of the workshop will be on Friday evening from 6-8 pm at the Loomis Museum. The 5 hour field excursion will begin at 7am at the Loomis Museum on Saturday morning. Lunch break from noon to 1:30 pm. First optional session is from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. This session will allow for your questions and additional practice. A post photo-shoot critique session from 5:30m-7:30 pm also at the Loomis Museum. A second optional session is scheduled from 7:30 pm – Sunset. This will cover Sunset photography.

The cost for this 2 day photo workshop is $150.00. To receive a discount please become a member of the Lassen Association. Basic membership fees are only 25.00.   With a basic membership cost of this workshop is reduced to only $135.00.  Please visit the Lassen Association website for more information on membership levels and benefits.

For more information or to register, please contact Melanie Allen by phone at 530-378-1495 or e-mail at lassenassociation@yahoo.com. Information about this program is also available at either visitor center in Lassen Park. The Loomis Museum at the north entrance or at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee bookstore at the south entrance of Lassen Park.

St. Bernard lodge still has rooms available for the Sept. 6th & 7th workshop. We are offering a 10.00 discount for anyone staying with us for two nights and attending the photography workshop. Check our availability or give us a call 530-258-3382.

National Park Week 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Monday April 22 thru Friday April 26th 2013 is National Park Week. April 23rd is National Junior Ranger Day and April 27th is Volunteer Day.

 

Join National Park Week 2013

Click for National Park Video

 

Make your plans now to visit a National Park close to you during National Park week. During this week all National Parks offer free entrance.

Participating California National Parks include:

Lassen Volcanic                                                                                                                      
Cabrillo
Death Valley
Joshua Tree
Lava Beds
Muir Woods

Pinnacles
San Francisco Maritime
Sequoia Kings Canyon
Whiskeytown
Yosemite
Find a park near you!

National Park Week was first proclaimed in 1991

President George H.W. Bush proclaimed National Park Week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service.  Yellowstone was the first National Park in the world in 1872.  Lassen Volcanic National Park was originally two separate national monuments; Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument.  These two monuments and surrounding area were declared a National Park in 1916.  The National Park Service was also created in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson.  Both Lassen Park and the National Park service will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2016.  As of 2013 the National Park system has over 450 natural, historical, recreational & cultural areas throughout the U.S. and its territories.

Fun facts about our National Parks

84 million acres are designated as National Park land,  17,000 miles of trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline, 27,000 historic or prehistoric structures, 100 million museum items and 12,000 campsites. As of 2013 there are 398 National Parks.  There is at least one National Park in every state except Delaware.  California is host to the most National Parks in a given state.  Every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

Fun facts specific to Lassen Park

Find Yourself at Lassen

Over 106,000 acres, 150 miles of trails, only National Park with all 4 types of volcanoes, largest plug dome volcano in the world, southern most volcano in the Cascade Range, 779 plant species, 216 species of birds, 11 campgrounds with 496 campsites, 3 areas with stock corrals (Butte Lake, Juniper Lake and Summit Lake).  Lassen Park road is the highest road in the Cascade Mountains reaching 8,512 feet. One of the least visited National Parks, making it a great park to get out and explore without crowds found at some other National Parks. Plan you trip now to Lassen.

Find a park near you and take advantage of free entrance during National Park Week this April.  Call St. Bernard Lodge for special pricing for lodging during this week.  St. Bernard Lodge is only 20 minutes from the SW park entrance of Lassen Park  also within a few hours of Whiskeytown and Lava Beds. Whiskeytown should have spring flowers and Lassen will still have snow for snow-play for the kids, snowshoeing or cross country skiing. If you enjoy exploring caves Lava Beds is for you.  Get out and enjoy the Spring!

Bring your kids on April 23rd for National Junior Ranger Day.  Currently there are over 290 Junior Ranger Programs in the National Park Service.

If you choose to visit Lassen Park please make sure to stop in for a visit at St. Bernard Lodge.  Even if you are not planning on staying with us, call ahead and dine with us. To make reservations for rooms or dining 530-258-3382.

 

 

Explore Safely Trail Challenge Lassen Volcanic National Park

Monday, August 27th, 2012

 

Explore Safely Trail Challenge

Join in the fun and participate in the Lassen Park Trail Challenge Labor Day weekend. The challenge has three different levels; Explorers, Adventurer and Trail Master.
Complete one of the three hiking challenge levels to earn an Explore Safely bandanna.
Challenge brochures are available at both the Kohm Yah-mah-nee visitor center and the Loomis Museum. You may also see the Trail Challenge Brochure online.
To earn the Explore Safely Bandanna the challenges must be completed between Sept. 1 and Sept. 3, 2012.
Call St. Bernard Lodge for dining reservations during Labor Day weekend. Bring your bandanna in with you. Will will give a free dessert with dinner or free coffee with breakfast. For more information on our lodge, or call 530-258-3382.
Come enjoy the mountains in Northern California this Labor Day.

Lassen Volcanic Dark Sky Festival

Friday, July 20th, 2012

August 10 – 13th

Lassen Volcanic Dark Sky Festival

 

 

Lassen Park has over 40 special events planned for the Dark Sky Festival. Some of the highlights will be stargazing with a telescope and constellation tours.  Perseid meteor shower viewing.

 

 

 

 

 

Hands-on astronomy for the  young and the young of heart including; kitchen comets, moon models, pop rockets, and more.  Film screenings of the critically acclaimed film “The City Dark”.  Astronomy tours, talks and treks. Tyler Nordgren will be on-site.  He is the author of Stars Above, Earth Below:  A guide to astronomy in the national parks.  Check park website  as date approaches for updates on activities.

St. Bernard Lodge has a few rooms left during the Dark Sky Festival, make sure to check our room availability.

The park is hosting Starry Night Ranger-led programs every Wednesday at 9 pm at the Devastated Area and Saturday’s at 9:30 at the Bumpass Hell parking area through August 12th.  Join the park rangers for a program on stars, planets and constellations.  Learn how to locate constellations in the sky.

Special astronomy program held at Drakesbad Guest Ranch on July 22nd and August 19th.  Mike Bennett, former director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific will be hosting this program at 9:45 both nights.  Get an up close look at the astronomical wonders of the sky as viewed through a telescope.

Check back for future blog post on special event Sat. August 18th at Lassen Park. Will include more stargazing, dancing, desserts, cocktails and live music. This event requires tickets, call 530-258-3382.

 

 

“A Passion for Lassen”

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

 

Mill Creek Falls in Lassen Park

August 25th, 2012

 

The Lassen Park Foundation will be hosting ” A Passion For Lassen” to benefit a variety of park uses on August 25th.  The uses include at-risk youth camping, rehabilitation of the Lassen Peak Trail, and improving on the historical and geological information for the enjoyment of park visitors.

August 25th is the 96th anniversary of the National Park Service and Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Lassen park was established August 9th, 1916.  Join Lassen and the Lassen Park Foundation in celebrating this milestone.

Special events for this celebration begin at 4 pm at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center located at the southwest entrance of the park.  There will be a barbecue, cocktails and silent auction beginning at 4 pm, followed by dinner and oral auction. Evening casual attire: Tickets $150 per couple, $75 per person

Tickets & Online Auction:

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Auction items include a signed George Rodrigue silkscreen print, a private airplane flight to Carmel for a game of golf and lunch for four, a four-night stay in a luxurious vacation home at the Sunriver Resort in Oregon, a three-night stay in a deluxe cabin for six at Elk Meadow in Redwood National Park, a three night stay at Drakesbad Guest Ranch located near Warner Valley in the SE corner of Lassen Volcanic National Park, a day trip for four with lunch at Angel Island State Park, and a two night stay in a tent cabin in the Redwoods at Big Basin State Park.

To attend this event, get further information or to make a donation or add to the auction items please contact Martha McCoy by phone at 530-378-2600.  You many also visit the foundation website, lassenparkfoundation.org.

As the date draws near additional details will be available from the Lassen Park Foundation.

St. Bernard Lodge is offering a special 20% off second night booking for Foundation members or guests attending the benefit. Please call lodge directly to book room and receive discount.