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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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Restoration Volunteers Needed!

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Volunteers are needed by the Southern California Mountains Foundation!  Come help us protect and restore forest habitat and You'll Feel Great!  We will teach you how to collect native seeds, water restoration sites, plant trees and native plants, work in the native plant nurseries and remove invasive plants! For more information please email us at volunteer@mountainsfoundation.org. Check our full calendar at: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/b/3/r?tab=wc or click HERE to sign up. Fall 2019 Schedule September 14th: Seed Collecting near the Baldy Mesa Staging Area. CLOSED September 21st: Lytle Creek Nursery Day- watering native plants and weed removal. Sign up hereSeptember 28th: National Public Lands Day- meadow restoration at Cienega Redondo (Big Bear Area). Free lunch is included! For more information click here and please email: megan.clement@usda.gov October 5th: Private event with Yamaha Corporation. Rattlesnake Mountain trail brushing & mulching. If you are interested in hosting a private restoration…
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Pedal Path Improvement Day

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Alpine Pedal Path Improvement Day, June 8, 2019 Volunteers Needed Fawnskin, CA . . . Alpine Pedal Path Improvement Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2019, meeting at the popular day use picnic area, Meadows Edge, from 9am to 1pm.  Volunteers of all ages are needed to help install signs and benches, repair drainage, remove rocks, sand and trash from along Big Bear’s most popular trail.   Registration is requested at https://appday19.eventbrite.com or mountainsfoundation.org. Volunteers can participate with family and friends and make it FUN! Free lunch and tools are provided.  In addition, an opportunity draw will be available to win prizes.  “We’re looking forward to the 2019 event to pull together as a community and give back to the North Shore and the incredibly popular Alpine Pedal Path that serves thousands of visitors and locals each year,” exclaimed Bennett Rossell, Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator, Southern California Mountains Foundation.  “During this work…
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Migratory Bird Day May 11th

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International Migratory Bird Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center Fawnskin, CA  . . . The Big Bear Discovery Center is celebrating Migratory Bird Day from 10am-2pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019. 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, bird crafts, nature walks, bird walks, and StoryTime. Find out what bird has the same wingspan as you! “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 Bernardino National Forest and is located within the heart of the Big Bear Valley. A visit to the Big Bear Discovery Center heightens awareness on how to become a more responsible steward of a national forest while increasing enjoyment and knowledge…
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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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