The Crater Lake National Park Trust is presenting "Family
Fun Day" at Crater Lake National Park on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 1 p.m. to 3
p.m., with free admission, special programs, and free root beer floats for the
first 500 visitors.
Crater Lake Soda, a Portland‑based gourmet soda company, is
providing the root beer for this event. Company founder Curt Gouverneur said
"Crater Lake has always been a special place for my family, and the inspiration
behind the handcrafted, gourmet flavors of Crater Lake Soda" Ice cream for the
floats will be provided courtesy of the Dairy Farmers of Oregon.
Admission to the Park will be free all day in honor of
Public Lands Day, and National Park Service rangers will be presenting programs
throughout the afternoon. The Klamath Indian Dancers and Singers (KIDS) group
will also be presenting traditional tribal dances.
Trust Executive Director Jeff Allen stated that "we want to
encourage families throughout the region to come explore this magical place.
With free admission, free ice cream, and lots of music and programs, this will
be a perfect way to end the summer."
Allen noted that the event is particularly designed to
encourage the over 2,000 "graduates" of last year’s Classroom at Crater Lake
science education program to share their experience with their families. It is also and opportunity for this year’s
students to introduce their families to their "outdoor classroom." The Trust‑sponsored Classroom at Crater Lake program brought over
2,200 grade school students to the Park last year; over 80% were from lower
income schools and more than half had never visited the Park previously.
More information about the event is available at