Deadline s March 31, 2020 to apply for Summer Grants for your kids. Volcano Adventure Camp will operate June 12 through September 20, 2020

MINERAL, CA– Lassen Volcanic National Park and its partner Lassen Park Foundation invite youth groups to apply for a grant to stay at Volcano Adventure Camp (VAC) this summer season. Lassen Park Foundation will accept applications for grants to cover the cost of a trip to the youth camping facility in Lassen Volcanic through March 31.

“Lassen Park Foundation youth camping grants enabled 925 youth to connect to nature and explore their national park,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson. “We are pleased to see increased interest in the program, including a doubling of youth participants between 2018 and 2019.”

Any organization or school assisting underserved youth is eligible to apply for a grant up to $1,000. Groups with for-profit status may require a non-profit fiscal sponsor. Park admission and campground fees are waived for grant recipients and grant funds are available to pay for camping and hiking equipment, water bottles, food (groups must prepare their own food), and transportation. The camp is outfitted with dormitory-style tent cabins, picnic pavilions, showers, vault toilets, and running water.

A stay at Volcano Adventure Camp includes ranger and/or group-led talks, hikes, and activities. Participants learn how to camp, explore park trails, and learn about park topics like volcanology, glaciation, astrobiology, fire ecology, and climate.

Activities at the camp help build stewardship and respect for public lands as well as teamwork and individual responsibility. One group leader shared, “without the distraction of cell phones and their regular activities the kids were forced to step out of their comfort zone and work together. By the end of the trip they were not only a team but were also able to gain friendships that extend into different towns.”

Volcano Adventure Camp will operate June 12 through September 20, 2020, conditions permitting. More information and a link to the application can be found at go.nps.gov/VAC and at lassenparkfoundation.org. Groups that would like to stay at the Volcano Adventure Camp but do not require a grant may apply through a separate reservation application that will be available at lassenparkfoundation.org beginning March 31.

The National Park Service Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service is closely monitoring the situation related to the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with CDC guidance and other federal, state, and local health authorities, visitors can be assured that facilities in national parks, including camps, lodges and restaurants, continue to maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors.

More information, updates, and links to specific information about parks and COVID-19 can be found at https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm

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For more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/lavo; contact the park at (530) 595-4480 or e-mail us; find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube @LassenNPS.

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