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Southern California Mountains Foundation


This spectacular 3,400-acre area of forest is named for the trees planted there in the wake of the 1970 Bear Fire. Each one bears the name of a child and is part of some of the most beautiful backcountry in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Our Mission

The mission of the Children’s Forest is to provide opportunities for youth to take a leadership role in forest management by giving them a legitimate voice in caring for our local mountains. Through formal education and volunteer programs, we aim to evoke a fascination with nature that engenders a commitment to life-long learning and environmental stewardship.

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  • Childrens Forest Visitor Center

Visitor Information Center

32573 Highway 18, Running Springs, CA  92382
Phone: (909) 867-5996

Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open from Memorial to Labor Day