Come explore and discover the natural and cultural heritage found in our unique northeastern California home at the intersection of the Modoc Plateau, the Great Basin and the Sierra Cascade.
January 26th Aldo Leopold “Green Fire”
April 28th Birds of the Modoc Wildlife Refuge
May 20th Summer Annular Eclipse
June 23rd Tiny But Mighty: The Roles of Insects and Pathogens in the Forest
October 20th Thompson Peak Adventure
Each Discover Lassen County field trip provides a unique introduction to different aspects of Lassen County’s natural & agricultural landscapes and heritage.
Birds of the Modoc Wildlife Refuge will be led by Cassandra Roeder, Private Lands Biologist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The group will be experiencing the high wildlife traffic within the Modoc Wildlife Refuge as a popular stopping point for a variety of birds during Spring Migration along the Pacific Highway. Bring the entire family for this unique opportunity to view the abundance of birds residing and migrating through the Refuge. There will be light walking during this trip, less than 2-miles throughout the 2.5 hour event. The trip will conclude with dinner at the Likely Cafe, included in the registration fee.
The third stop on our mission to explore Lassen County will be at the Lassen Creek Conservation Area to experience the Summer Annular Eclipse with Ellie Orbeton and Bill Faatz. We will be providing viewing glasses and take-home information for this astronomical event. It will be the first annular eclipse to take place in the mainland United States since May 1994! Don’t miss out! Map to Lassen Creek Conservation Area.
Tiny But Mighty: The Roles of Insects and Pathogens in the Forest will be led by Danny Cluck and Bill Woodruff with the U.S. Forest Service. We will be exploring the forest, turning over rocks, and identifying forest insects and disease that are breaking down forest trees. Walking will be moderate, less than 3-miles. Lunch is included in the registration cost.
Thompson Peak Adventure Discover the vistas and special features of Thompson Peak on a challenging hike on Saturday, October 20, with Austin Meinert, chair of the Janesville Town Council, our partner. Hikers will break for lunch at the summit and visit the Lookout and Janesville Gap Filler Annex, known as the radar building, both being evaluated for the National Register of Historic Places. The hike is challenging and will be cross-country. Proper hiking boots and equipment recommended. Please bring snacks, plenty of water and a lunch. If you’re not up for the hike, but would like to join in for the picnic dinner and learn about the proposed trail, you are welcome.
Registration is required for all Discover Lassen County field trips, please use the form below. Additional information will be provided by all who are registered the week of the event. Trips are $10 for members of Lassen Land and Trails Trust and $15 for non-members. The Summer Annular Eclipse is a free event. Please feel free to contact the office at 257-3252, with any additional questions.