Lava Beds National Monument
Dedicates Visitor and Research Centers

Saturday, June 12, 2004, several hundred people gathered at Lava Beds National Monument to dedicate two new Monument facilities. The recently completed Visitor Center and the still-under-construction Research Center took center stage as representatives from the National Park Service, the Klamath Tribal Council, Siskyou County, the Tulelake community, and the Cave Research Foundation celebrated the fulfillment of the latest phase of their ongoing cooperative relationship.

The Dedication and the Visitor Center
Lava Beds Research Center
Opens Presidents Weekend

Lava Beds National Monument is pleased to announce the opening of the Lava Beds Research Center. This facility provides a workroom, meeting room and accommodations for those conducting studies in the Monument and surrounding areas. The Center saw its first official use President's Weekend, 2005, when 14 volunteers from the Cave Research Foundation Expedition spent three days mapping caves, measuring ice, and engaging in other speleological investigations.

All about the Research Center

Janet Sowers, Fran Mainella, Craig Dorman and Joan Smith
cut the red tape to officially open the Lava Beds Visitor Center

Research Center to
Bolster Ongoing

The Research Center is a joint effort of the National Park Service at Lava Beds National Monument, the Cave Research Foundation, and the Lava Beds Natural History Association. It provides workspace, a meeting room, storage and accommodations for professional and volunteer researchers.

Since the early 1990s, the Cave Research Foundation has contributed to the successful management of Lava Beds National Monument by providing the park with data vital to sound decision making. The Research Center will enhance CRF's ability to continue this effort, and will draw additional organizations and individuals to the park.

Capital Campaign Enters Homestretch

Construction is complete, but the building is bare. The $218K-plus we raised is spent and then some. Another $30K will help us outfit the Center and pay off the last of the loans. If you've already contributed to the Center, consider giving a little more. If you haven't donated yet, there is still time to join the ranks of those who can boast "I helped build the Lava Beds Research Center."

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Lava Beds - The Inside Story

Lava Beds Tour


Donor Anne Frantz takes a Living History Tour of Lava Beds National Monument.

Land of Volcanic Fury


What is Lava Beds National Monument?

The Visionaries


Who made the Research Center a reality?

Table of Contents

Dedicating the new Visitor Center

All about the
Research Center
Facilities & Architecture
Construction Photo Gallery
Interior Photo Gallery

What and Where are the Lava Beds?

Why Lava Beds Needs a Research Center
Comments & Quotes

Who Built the Research Center?
About this Web Site
How You Can Help
Thanks to Our Donors

Share a Living History
Tour of the Lava Beds

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All photographs © CRF and the individual photographers 1998-2005

Page last updated 03/31/2005