We are an independent, non-profit organization not officially affiliated with Crater lake National Park or the
National Park Service (NPS), as a "park partner". We are in the process of obtaining our tax-exempt non-profit status.
Many of our friends are ex-Crater Lake National Park researchers, natural historians, and long-time visitors who are
passionate about getting the message out to all visitors concerning Crater Lake National Park's unique natural and cultural history.
Crater Lake Institute board members:
is the founder and board president. He received a B.S. degree in forest
science from West Virginia University and an M.S. in forest
ecology from Humboldt State University. Ron worked for the
National Park Service at Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Crater Lake,
Olympic, and Redwoods National Parks as a
graduated from San Jose State College in biological
conservation, received an M.S. in fisheries limnology
from Oregon State University, and a Ph. D. in ecology
from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Owen
worked as a park ranger-naturalist at Crater Lake, Zion
and Yosemite National Parks from 1966 until 1971....
Larry Smith is a
tireless worker for Crater Lake National Park, serving on
the board of the Friends of Crater Lake, having worked as a
ranger naturalist at Crater Lake National Park, and having
taught 5th graders in Jacksonville, Oregon for 33 years.
Larry worked two seasons at Crater lake National Park on
Roads and Trails, 7 seasons as a Park Interpreter, and 14
seasons as a Park Ranger General in Park Protection and Law