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Southern California Mountains Foundation

Volunteers Sought for National Trails Day in Big Bear 

Join the Southern California Mountains Foundation and donate your time on Saturday, June 2nd to show your support for the local effort to improve trails in the San Bernardino National Forest.  We will rally together in Big Bear on June 2, at the Big Bear Discovery Center to improve Cougar Crest trail, one of the most popular trails on the north shore of Big Bear Lake.  Lunch will be provided to all registered participants, and the first 75 registrants will receive a Scenic Skychair ticket to Snow Summit.  This event is sponsored by: Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, San Bernardino National Forest, Kodiak 100, City of Big Bear Lake, County of San Bernardino and the Southern California Mountains Foundation.  

Together we'll improve this 3-mile trail by improving drainage, realigning problem sections of the trail and performing general maintenance.  We encourage you to take the National Trails Day® pledge and join us as we hit the trail and leave it better than we found it during #NationalTrailsDay. To register for this event or to learn more visit: www.bbntd.eventbright.com ,  www.mountainsfoundation.org or www.trailsfoundation.org

“We’re excited to see so many valuable partners coming together for the benefit of Big Bear’s recreational trails.  National Trails Day is the perfect time to celebrate this teamwork. The City of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, the Southern California Mountains Foundation, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, REI, the United States Forest Service, and, of course, the giving members of the public.  We’re committed to mobilizing more people to get outdoors and experience our beautiful National Forest.” said Bennett Rossell, Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator, Southern California Mountains Foundation and Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation.

Check-in will begin at 8:30am at the Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 Hwy 38/North Shore Drive, Fawnskin, CA 92333.   Trail work will be performed from 9am to 12pm, with BBQ lunch following at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes, dress layered, wear long pants, and bring reusable water bottles and gloves.  All tools and instruction will be provided.   

The efforts from this year’s National Trails Day will complement the ongoing maintenance and trail-building within the Big Bear Valley.  

Since 1993, National Trails Day®, sponsored by American Hiking Society, has grown to inspire many thousands of people nationwide to celebrate and give back to the trails they love on one dedicated day.  America's 200,000 miles of trails allow access to our natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more.   

Together we'll improve 2,802 miles of trail on National Trails Day®

Each year people all across the country set out on trails in celebration of American Hiking Society's National Trails Day®. This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System, American Hiking Society has set a goal to improve 2,802 miles of trail—the distance across the US—on June 2nd for National Trails Day®.

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Big Bear Discovery Centers 20th Anniversary

For Immediate Release May 16, 2018 Contact:    Wendy Craig 909.382.2843 wcraig@mountainsfoundation.org Big Bear Discovery Center 20th Anniversary Celebration June 16 Big Bear Discovery Center Fawnskin, CA . . . The Southern California Mountains Foundation will host the 20th Anniversary of the Big Bear Discovery Center on June 16, 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  The Big Bear Discovery Center opened in 1998 due to a combination of efforts between the SCMF (formerly the San Bernardino National Forest Association) and the US Forest Service. Both staff and volunteers have helped over 3 million visitors enjoy the forest and develop a sense of stewardship. To celebrate the anniversary, the Discovery Center will offer a number of interpretive programs, booths, and educational displays. All of our interpretive programs, such as birdhouse building, gold panning, nature crafts, etc. will be offered for free that day on a limited basis to thank…
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Winter Trails Day 2018

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…
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Mountaintop Trail Rally

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In short, Big Bear’s Mountaintop Trail Rally is just what it says it is- a gathering… for trail users… on the top of a mountain… and we want you there. Equal parts race and leisure, MTR is much more than getting out on trails. It’s a celebration of our beautiful trail system in Big Bear and what all trail stakeholders (which includes the community) have accomplished improving it throughout the years. What’s more, all proceeds directly benefit Big Bear’s trail system, so we’ll have more to celebrate next year. Presented by Team Big Bear, and through the strong partnership between the Southern California Mountains Foundation and the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, the Mountaintop Trail Rally aims to unite the widest range of trail users in a single place through a competitive mountain bike race, non-competitive mountain bike ride, trail run, and hike. In other words, any way you enjoy…
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June 24th Kenny Metcalf''s Tribute to Elton John: Season Opener for Music in the Mountains Series

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Southern California Mountains Foundation is pleased to open its 12th season of Music in the Mountains on Saturday, June 24, 2017, with two-time crowned “World’s Greatest Tribute Band” featuring Kenny Metcalf as ‘Elton’, A Tribute to Elton John, at the outdoor Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater.  Opening for Kenny Metcalf is artist Mia Karter and The Winehouse Experience, a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse.  Tickets are on sale at MountainsFoundation.org. Music in the Mountains is presented by Big Bear Vacations. “We’re preparing for one of our best seasons yet packed with 12 of the best tribute classic rock and country bands for 6 Saturday concerts under the stars this summer at the Discovery Center,” shared Stacy Gorin, Southern California Mountains Executive Officer.   “New sponsors and concession partners are joining us in building a community committed to raising funds through the power of music to benefit our year-round conservation…
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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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