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Summer Activities at the Big Bear Discovery Center

Southern California Mountains Foundation Announces Summer Season Activities at the Big Bear Discovery Center We are pleased to announce our 2017 summer activity schedule for the Big Bear Discovery Center.  “We have lots of fun activities going on all summer long here at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  All of our programs are designed for family fun and many of them are low cost or free,” says Wendy Craig, the manager of the Big Bear Discovery Center.   Activities include kayak and canoe eco-tours, campfire talks, nature walks, geocaching, map and compass classes, nature crafts, night hikes, bird house building, story time, gold panning, an adventure race, rocket building, and our famous Music in the Mountain series that will feature the best classic rock and country tribute shows available nationally with a six-show schedule.  Volunteer opportunities are also always available!  The Southern California Mountains Foundation’s mission to mobilize individuals to inspire and engage…
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New Job Openings at the Big Bear Discovery Center

Southern California Mountains Foundation Job Opportunities Big Bear, Calif.,  April 21, 2017 – The Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) is seeking 9 highly motivated and energetic people to assist with interpretive and education programs at the Big Bear Discovery Center and throughout the San Bernardino National Forest.  These jobs are being offered through SCMF’s Urban Conservation Corps (UCC) which offers young men and women (18-25 year olds) the chance to serve in the local mountains and work in environmental conservation settings that increase their job readiness. Current employment opportunities include an Environmental Education and Program Coordinator, a Forest Resource Monitor, a Customer Service Representative, a Children’s Forest Site Leader, Discovery Center Custodian, and multiple Corpsmembers to lead nature walks and eco-tours.  We also are recruiting individuals’ ages 18-25 years old to join our Americorps program, based out of San Bernardino, to perform forest restoration work. The Southern California Mountains Foundation (1)…
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Big Bear Lakeshore Cleanup

Big Bear Lakeshore Clean Up Day, May 13, 2017 Volunteers Needed The third annual Big Bear Lakeshore Clean-up Day at Meadow’s Edge is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017, in the popular day use picnic area from 9am to 1pm.  Volunteers of all ages are needed to help with the general clean up and prepare this popular family area for the 2017 summer season. This event is being hosted by the Southern California Mountains Foundation and Mountaintop Recreation. Registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meadows-edge-clean-up-day-tickets-32886618762 Volunteers can participate with family and friends and make it FUN! Free lunch and tools will be provided.  In addition, an opportunity drawing will be held for prizes.  “We look forward to this event to pull together as a community and give back to our beautiful lake ecosystem. This is an incredibly popular day use area that serves thousands of visitors each year,” exclaimed Bennett Rossell, the Non-Motorized…
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International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center The Big Bear Discovery Center is celebrating Migratory Bird Day from 10am-2pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The Discovery Center will be holding several activities to celebrate our spring birds and educate visitors on conservation efforts to protect them.  Activities include birdhouse building, pinecone bird feeders, nature walks, bird walks, and Story Time. Enjoy bird decorations and art and find out what bird has the same wingspan as you! Migratory Bird Day also kicks off the annual Silent Auction. Bird themed art and photography are donated by local artists for this event as a fundraiser for the Southern California Mountains Foundation. Bids are accepted until Memorial Day. “We love having visitors join us for a fun and educational day celebrating our feathered friends!” says Wendy Craig, Discovery Center Manager. The Discovery Center is an educational and informational portal to the San…
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A Day in the Life of a Volunteer Naturalist by Gary Flanders

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After my morning ablutions and a mostly nutritious breakfast, I pull on my forest green shirt with the tan embroidered script that says Southern California Mountains Foundation Volunteer.  My ensemble is capped off with a pair of tan cargo pants that has more pockets then anyone would ever have a need for.  Hiking boots on, I head out the door for the short drive over to the Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve.  Today I will be part of the volunteer crew leading wildflower tours into the amazing Pebble Plain.  When we arrive at the green building on Hwy 18, we open the windows, put out the flag and the “Open” signs and wait for the arriving visitors. Today my group consists of a young couple with twin daughters, probably 9 or 10, from Huntington Beach; a newly married couple from LA; a science teacher and her husband from Orange County; two women…
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