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Partners in the Parks: Crater Lake National Park
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Partners in the Parks: Crater Lake National Park

Explore the various ecosystems of Crater Lake National Park as part of Partners in the Parks first trip to Oregon! Within the national park is the caldera and surrounding environs, which boast a wide variety of geological and natural beauty. Spend time exploring the are and discussing the various mysteries encompassing the park.

8/4/2019 to 8/10/2019
When: August 4-10, 2019
Where: Crater Lake National Park
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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Affiliating yourself with your institution

If you are not the director of your program, or you do not hold a current NCHC Institutional, Professional, or Student Membership, and/or have not attended an NCHC program in the past year, you may not be in our new software system yet!

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You'll receive an email notification, and THEN you may start registration for the intended institute.

(If your institution is not a member of NCHC, please proceed as a "Guest.")

*Members receive a 50% discount on NCHC Partners in the Parks registration pricing!

Questions? Contact the NCHC office at (402) 472-9150 or


Mandatory Documentation

This year, when you register, you will be required to turn in 3 forms stating your acknowledgement of different NCHC policies while you are a participant on your potential trip. To save you some time while registering, we recommend downloading these files now, digitally or physically signing them, and have them ready to be uploaded with your application.


Crater Lake National Park: Volcanic Legacy Volcanic Mystery

(Tentative Outline)


DAY ONE: Arriving

1. Oregon Arrival in Medford (Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport [MFR])

2. Travel to Oregon Tech (1.5 hour trip)

3. Introductions, paper work, risk management

4. Lunch

5. Spend night at Oregon Tech Village

6. Dinner at Oregon Tech or Local Restaurant

7. Evening Reflection: What Do We Expect?

8. Debriefing the Day


DAY TWO: Mount MazamaA Sacred Place

1. Breakfast at Oregon Tech

2. Crater Lake NP Arrival: Steel Visitor CenterOrientation Film

3. Hike to “Lady of the Woods”

4. Setup Campsite at Mazama Village

5. Lunch

6. Discuss Final Presentations

7. Deur, D. (2002). A most sacred place: The significance of Crater Lake among the Indians

of Southern Oregon. Oregon Historical Quarterly, 18-49.

8. Dinner

9. Evening Reflection: What Do We Now Know?

10. Debriefing the Day


DAY THREE: East Rim to West Rim DriveCaldera and Picturesque Environs

1. Breakfast (Pack lunch for the road)

2. [Drive to] Vidae Falls

3. Pinnacles Road &

Plaikni Falls (Lunch Plaikni Falls)

4. Hike Mount Scott (Highest point in the park at 8929ft/2721m)

5. Continue along East Rim to West Rim Drive

6. Pumice Point

7. Hike to Watchman Overlook (8013ft/2442m)

8. Dinner

9. Evening Reflection: What Do We Now Know?

10. Debriefing the Day


DAY FOUR: Crater Lake

1. Breakfast (Pack lunch for the road)

2. Drive to Cleetwood Cove Trail

3. Hike down to Crater Lake!

4. Lunch at lakeside or on Wizard Island

5. Boat Trip to Wizard Island, the Old Man of the Lake, the Phantom Ship

6. Dinner

7. Evening Reflection: What Do We Now Know?

8. Debriefing the Day


DAY FIVE: Giving BackA Day of Stewardship

1. Breakfast (Pack lunch for the road)

2. Drive to project site

3. Lunch

4. Shinrin-Yoku (Forrest Bathing)

6. Dinner

7. Evening Reflection: What Do We Now Know?

8. Debriefing the Day



1. Breakfast (Pack lunch for the road)

2. Crater Lake LodgeHistoric Lodge Architecture and the WPA

3. Crater Lake NP Archives

4. Lunch

5. Time for Final Presentation Preparation

6. Final PresentationsSite TBD

7. Dinner


DAY SEVEN: Departing

1. Breakfast

2. Break camp, clean up

3. Return to Oregon Tech or Medford (Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport [MFR])


Program Size 15 Students
NCHC Member Price $450 (does not include airfare)
NCHC Nonmember Price $900 (does not include airfare)
Deadline to Register July 4, 2019










If you have any questions regarding your trip specifically, please contact your trip facilitators listed below. They will be sending you more information regarding what to pack, and any supplies you may need for your trip.


Trip Facilitators

 Christopher Syrnyk, Oregon Institute of Technology




All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the national office and RECEIVED no later than thirty days in advance of the trip departure date.

  • Received prior to 30 days before trip departure:          Full refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee
  • Received within 30 days before trip departure:            No refunds granted



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