Family fun day planned at Crater Lake – September 11, 2008

Family fun day planned at Crater Lake

Herald and News

Klamath Falls, Oregon
September 11, 2008

Crater Lake National Park will host a family day from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, with free admission, special programs and — for the first 500 visitors — free root beer floats.

Root beer for the event, sponsored by the Crater Lake National Park Trust, will be provided by Crater Lake Soda, a Portland based gourmet soda company.

“Crater Lake has always been a special place for my family, and the inspiration behind the handcrafted, gourmet flavors of Crater Lake Soda,” said company founder Curt Gouverneur. Ice cream for the floats will be provided courtesy of the Dairy Farmers of Oregon.

Free admission

Admission to the park will be free all day in honor of Public Lands Day. Park rangers will present programs throughout the afternoon, and the Klamath Indian Dancers and Singers group will perform traditional tribal dances.

“We want to encourage families throughout the region to come explore this magical place,” Jeff Allen, the Trust’s executive director, said in a news release.

Allen said it’s hoped the 2,200-plus “graduates” of last year’s Classroom at Crater Lake science education program will share the experience with their families. The day will also provide an opportunity for this year’s students to introduce their families to their “outdoor classroom.” Of the students in last year’s program, more than 80 percent were from lower-income schools and more than half had never previously visited the park.

More information is available at www.craterlaketrust.org.

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