Camp Monroe – The Lassen Experience: Outdoor Educational Expedition

In 2000, Randy Monroe began a 3-day/2-night Earth, Life and Physical Sciences Adventure to the Mt Lassen Volcanic area. Lassen Volcanic National Park is the southern-most representative of the Cascade Volcanic Range located along the northwestern part of the United States and is an active volcano that erupted less than a century ago. Mt Lassen as well as the other Cascades were created through the subduction of the Juan de Fuca Plate under the North American Plate.

The trip is aligned with both National and California State Science Standards that include topics, processes and forces from the following disciplines: astronomy, biology, ecology, geology, hydrology, and meteorology. Due to both its popularity and school district budget constraints, the trip has been privatized and moved to the summer break.

It is the ultimate enrichment experience for your student.

We will be visiting the Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Lassen National Forest, and many other sites which are located about 175 miles (3 1/2 hours) N/NE of Walnut Creek and Concord. The field trip is designed to allow students to experience the topics and processes covered within 6th grade Earth Science and 7th grade Life Science classes.

Student Activities at Camp Monore

  • Sulfur Works
  • Mt. Lassen's Devastated area
  • Lassen Summit
  • Bumpass Hell
  • Spatter-Cone Trail
  • Subway Lava Tube Cave
  • Hat Creek Radio Observatory
  • Burney Falls
  • Shasta Caverns
  • Shasta Dam
  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park
  • Old-Faithful Geyser Calistoga
  • Petrified Forest Calistoga
  • Foster's Bighorn Rio Vista
  • Campfire with smores
  • Astronomy
  • Capture the Flag
  • Swimming
  • Basketball, baseball, football
  • Ping pong

Camp Monroe - The Lassen Experience: Standards

MSES's Annual Mt. Lassen Field Trip, encompasses many areas of standard-based learning. There are numerous hands-on observations and activities that supplement and compliment the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade (Earth, Life, and Physical Sciences; respectively) California Science Standards.

Students experience first-hand, the forces that shape the land, flora and fauna, and California’s place among Pacific “Ring of Fire”.

The program is also designed to coincide with many school’s Site Plans; which accesses through observation, investigation and experimentation, and the multiple-intelligence learning styles of a diverse student population.

Students will be provided Workbook-Journals for note-taking and entries that may be used as Science Extra Credit for the following school year.

The field trip is available to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

The 7th grade students may also have the opportunity to participate and act as program leaders, providing assistance to the Director, teachers, and adult chaperones; in regards to the management of the various outdoor educational components and contingent on 6th grade participation.

Upon loading the buses and through the duration of the trip, students have the opportunity to view California’s dramatic and changing landscapes; from the delta/bay area, to the Sacramento/San Joaquin Valley and into the southern Cascade volcanic mountain range and participate in numerous hands-on activities.

While on the bus, students are shown videos of various geologic, biologic, oceanographic, and ecological topics including: plate tectonics, volcanism, geology, erosion and deposition, topography and river systems, glaciations, biology, biomes, oceans, evolution, living systems, energy system interactions (food chains and food webs), fire, climate and weather, forces, and structure of matter.

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