National Winter Trails Day
January 13, 2018
Big Bear Discovery Center
Fawnskin, CA . . . The Southern California Mountains Foundation will host its 7th Annual Southern California Winter Trails Day on January 13, 2018 from 10am to 2pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Winter Trails Day is a national event that offers those new to snow sports an opportunity to try winter activities, such as snowshoeing, for FREE. Smokey Bear will also be making an appearance.
A 30-minute introduction to snowshoeing will be hosted every hour starting at 10:30 a.m. Registration will be available at 10 a.m. limited to 20 people per demo. Snowshoes will be provided. (This activity is dependent on snow, so….Think Snow!)
“Strap on a pair of snowshoes and you'll quickly see why snowshoeing has become one of the fastest-growing winter sports,” said Wendy Craig, Discovery Center Manager. “If you can walk, you can snowshoe. People are using snowshoes for a variety of activities — everything from hiking into pristine wilderness and aerobic conditioning to pure recreation with family and friends. We’re using snowshoes for discovery and adventure at the Discovery Center for this FREE event and weekend paid tours through March 2018.” Craig added.
Additional activities include:
Bald Eagle Count; 8am-10am
Volunteers to help the Forest Service count the bald eagles wintering on the San Bernardino National Forest. Meet at the Discovery Center between 8-8:30am. Please dress warm and bring your own binoculars. The counts goes from 9-10am.
Bald Eagle Celebration; 11am
Join Forest Service Biologist for a 1-hour presentation on the biology of eagles and why they winter in the Big Bear Valley; great for families to learn together about our national bird!
Nature Walks; 1pm & 2pm
45 minute naturalist-led walk around the center’s forested grounds; meet at the bronze Grizzly Bear.
Nature Crafts; 10:30-11:30am
Get inspired by nature to make fun crafts out of recyclable materials.
Animal Tracking; 11am-1pm
Come learn how to track animals found in the forest. Learn how tracks are cast and make your very own. After creating your animal track, a naturalist will guide you on a 20 minute walk around the grounds searching for signs of animals, program runs continuously every 30 minutes. Fee $5
The Discovery Center offers naturalist-guided snowshoe fee-based tours on weekends through early March 2018 on all successive Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are recommended; go to www.mountainsfoundation.org. Tours are dependent upon snow conditions; check website for updates.
The Southern California Mountains Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit that believes connecting communities to its public lands is the key to their survival. They mobilize individuals to inspire and engage in environmental citizenship. The Mountains Foundation achieves its mission by raising money, organizing critical volunteer resources, and creating and managing programs focused on health, stewardship and sustainability of our Southern California Mountains and urban “forests”.