A place to breathe, a place to enjoy, a place to learn…
Summer science camp students from Portland arrive at the Monument’s north entrance.
This annual program is sponsored by Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
It is a beautiful day to visit Lava Beds National Monument.
The Indian War heard around the world.
Visitors hike through one of the Modoc war battle sites. The Modocs, no more than
60 warriors, at times faced up to 600 United States troops. The war lasted 6 months
ending June 1, 1873. 53 United States soldiers, 17 civilians and 5 Modocs died in battle.
A land of intermittent fire and flow.
The oldest flow at the Lava Beds is 450,000 years and the youngest is 1,110 plus or
minus 60 years. There are over 30 separate lava flows exposed in the park from
Medicine Lake volcano eruptions.
Step back into the past, enjoy the present and glimpse the future.
The Lava Beds campgrounds offer shelter and serenity to both humans and chipmunks.
Imagine the sounds, smells and colors from this vantage point. Think of a sunrise or
sunset, food cooking and the land waking up.
Visitors, and residents, come in all sizes and colors.
A red crossbill enjoys a Lava Beds’camp site. They use their unique crossed mandibles
to extract conifer seeds from cones. They take advantage of what surrounds them in
a delicate survival dance.
Treat yourself to several days exploring sagebrush, juniper and one’s self.
These OMSI students spent 2 days at Crater Lake and will camp here for
three-and-a-half-days. A day trip to Medicine Lake is scheduled. A family,
or group of friends, can create their own science camp, in any season,
at the Lava Beds National Monument. If you need
help or information ask a park ranger.
Finding out the high and lows of a changing landscape.
Harald Steiner, a geomatics engineer for Terra Remote Sensing Inc., uses GPS
information to check the accuracy of a control point. The previous day, an aircraft
using a lidar laser system flew over Lower Klamath and Tule Lake Wildlife Refuges to
create accurate and detailed elevation maps.
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