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Southern California Mountains Foundation

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Children from around the country gathered here in 1993 to establish the Forest’s first trail, the Interpretative Trail. Follow the .75-mile path at the top of Keller Peak Road for a fun and informative family hike. Or, make a day of it one of the most popular hiking trails in the San Bernardino National Forest – the 4.5-mile Exploration Trail, constructed in 2000.

Visitor Information Center (closed for the season)

Stop by our Visitor Information Center, adjacent to Deerlick Fire Station on Highway 18 in Running Springs, one mile east of Highway 330. You can meet our Eco-Leaders, who will provide you with information on:

  • Hiking and Biking

  • Camping

  • Adventure Passes

  • Forest Roads, Including Off-Highway Vehicle Adventure Maps

  • Educational Tours

  • Natural History of the Area


Big Bear Greenthumbs

Children's Forest
May 20, 2017 9:00AM - 3:00PM
USFS Mountaintop Ranger Station (meet at the flag pole) 41374 North Shore Drive/ Highway 38 Fawnskin, CA 92333**On maps it is also shown as Big Bear Ranger Station andFawnskin Ranger Station so don’t be confused. Sign outfront says Mountaintop Ranger Station**

Please join us to restore disturbed lands and improve wildlife habitat across the forest.

Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM on following dates: March 18th, April 15th, May 20th, June 17th, July 15th, August 19th, September 16th, September 23rd (National Public Lands Day), and October 21

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Under the direction of Children’s Forest naturalists, US Forest Service botanists, and community mentors, youth volunteers are trained in a hands-on environment to complete forest restoration on barren landscapes. This includes working at greenhouse and tree nursery facilities, participating in native plant workshops, and working at project sites to learn the complex components of restoration. These include native plant identification, seed collecting and propagation, project monitoring, and care and evaluation.

Contact Juli Goss for more information at

Click here for the latest Big Bear Greenthumbs Volunteer Calendar

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