Lassen Volcanic National Park HQ Water Systems, CA 2022
Lassen Volcanic National Park HQ Water Systems, CA 2022

Lassen Volcanic National Park HQ Water Systems, CA 2022

Lassen Volcanic National Park HQ Water Systems, CA 2022

It’s not often we work on landscape features – but we know water infrastructure is critical! Join this project to learn how historic drainage systems are still protecting the built environment today.

PROJECT PARTNER: Lassen Volcanic National Park

SESSION DATES: July 31 – August 5


CREW LEADER: Remy Buxton

Lassen Volcanic National Park is simply incredible in its geology.

Project Site Description & History

Lassen Volcanic National Park is famously historic for both its geologic and cultural resources. According to NPS, “the Lassen area was a meeting point for at least four Native American Indian groups: Atsugewi, Yana, Yahi, and Maidu. Because of its weather and snow conditions, generally high elevation, and seasonally-mobile deer populations, the Lassen area was not conducive to year-round living. These Tribes camped here in warmer months for hunting and gathering.” Lassen Volcanic National Park features absolutely incredible attractions such as Bumpass Hell and a scenic byway.

The legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps can also be seen in several areas of the park, but especially in the cultural landscape surrounding the park’s  Headquarters, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Preservationists don’t only maintain building features; they also work with the environment to reduce opportunities for the elements to deteriorate historic buildings and structures (especially water!). Particularly in the American West, water management is a critical part of infrastructure planning. Water management infrastructure like the carefully-planned ditches on this project help maintain good roads, support healthy plant and animal habitats, and of course reduces environmental threats to buildings’ integrity. All this is to say that on this project, volunteers will repair deteriorated and overgrown CCC-constructed water drainage features that protect various elements of the park’s Headquarters.

We get it, landscape features like these are not nearly as easy to photograph as a building. To that end, we briefly discussed adding puppies to the ditches’ photo shoot to help emphasize their importance.

Location and Logistics

SESSION DATES:  July 31 – August 5. Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.


ACCESS:    Tent camping only Site is RV/trailer accessible

Tents, campervans, truck campers, and RVs can access our camping area. The ground may not be perfectly level and hookups are not provided.

WEATHER:  Anticipate highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 40s. Weather conditions may be rainy, cloudy, or sunny. Volunteers are responsible for checking weather conditions before their session begins, and packing appropriately.

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work gloves, clothes and boots, and other personal gear.

Scope of Work


HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers will learn the skills necessary to restore the integrity of drainage systems in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

  • Remove overgrown vegetation, small trees, and debris from the drainages, culverts, and along rock walls within the Lassen Volcanic National Park Headquarters Historic District
  • Replace or repair fallen stone drainages
Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.

Sign Up!

We’re thrilled this project has inspired you to volunteer! Choose your session and register below:

You will know your registration was successful when you receive a confirmation email. Contact for assistance.

HistoriCorps does not charge for its volunteering projects. HistoriCorps relies on donations to continue engaging volunteers to save significant historical sites across America for generations to come. Your donation of any amount will make an incredible difference! Increase your impact – make a generous gift today.

Volunteer Logistics, Policies, and Advice

We’re so glad you’re interested in joining this project! If you’re new to our community, review the Volunteer FAQ first! Please note the following logistics and policies:

  • HistoriCorps is committed to keeping our volunteers, staff, and project communities safe. All volunteers will be required to affirm that they will be fully vaccinated from the Covid-19 virus by the time their project begins. Read our Covid protocols here (updated October 2021).
  • Volunteering with HistoriCorps is free! We will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Dinner is not provided on the first night.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own gear, work gloves, sturdy work clothes and boots, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Check the average temperatures before you start packing – the nights and mornings may be colder than you anticipate! Then, read this advice about how to stay warm when tent camping in colder places.
  • Campsite accessibility varies by project. Some projects can accommodate tents only; others can accommodate small RVs. Please review the project site description above for more information, and if you’re still not sure, email for help.
  • If this project does not offer showers, you might want to consider bringing a solar shower or research other methods to clean up after the work day.
  • Volunteer crew sizes generally range from 4-8 volunteers, with two HistoriCorps staff that lead and train volunteers in the work.
  • Safety is one of HistoriCorps’ top priorities, and volunteers can contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring their physical fitness is adequate for the work. See above for this project’s scope of work and difficulty level. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you.
  • Hard hats, eye protection, ear protection, gloves are standard personal protection equipment (PPE) required on all projects. Hard hats must be worn at all times on the project site, unless working in a designated safe space. Field staff will train volunteers on correct use of PPE.
  • Dogs are generally allowed to accompany their humans in project campsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). Dogs are not permitted on the job site for everyone's safety. HOWEVER: HistoriCorps also follows the rules and regulations of our project partner. If the project partner does not permit dogs onsite then HistoriCorps is no exception. Please ask HistoriCorps or the project partner directly if you have any questions about whether Fido is welcome.