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Southern California Mountains Foundation


Events

Evening Programs- Discovery Center Amphitheater

Discovery Center
August 18, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Big Bear Discovery Center

Join the Discovery Center for an educational and entertaining evening program to teach visitors about the San Bernardino National Forest. Programs range from Campfires and Sing-Alongs to informational Ranger Talks. Sponsored by California Land Management. Suggested donation $5. Your donations hel

Evening Programs- Discovery Center Amphitheater

Discovery Center
August 18, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Big Bear Discovery Center

Join the Discovery Center for an educational and entertaining evening program to teach visitors about the San Bernardino National Forest. Programs range from Campfires and Sing-Alongs to informational Ranger Talks. Sponsored by California Land Management. Suggested donation $5. Your donations hel

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Eco Tours

Kayak Tours: 

Learn how to kayak on a guided tour of Big Bear Lake. After a quick paddling lesson, you will cruise along the shore looking for wildlife and discuss the natural history of the Big Bear Valley. Children must be at least 10 years old and all children need to be accompanied by an adult. Includes water and a snack. Tour caravans to lake. Tours limited to 14 people, reserve your seat today! 

Fee: $35 per person, ages 10 and up 
Saturdays: 9-11am, 4-6pm (June 9- September 2 )
Sundays: 9-11am (June 9 - September 3)

Canoe Tours: 

Learn how to canoe on a leisurely 2-hour guided tour of beautiful Big Bear Lake. After a quick paddling lesson, you will cruise along the shore looking for beaver, great blue herons, and ducklings. Along the way you will learn the natural history of the Big Bear Valley along with the various flora and fauna found in the area. Children must be at least 6 years old and all children need to be accompanied by an adult. Includes water and a snack. Tours caravan to lake. Tours are limited to 18 people, reserve your seat today!

Fee: Adults $25, Children (6-12) $15
Fridays: 4-6pm (June 16 - September 1)
Sundays: 1-3pm (June 18 - September 3)

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We believe a solid foundation in forest ecological principals and environmental stewardship helps students appreciate the natural world.

The Big Bear Discovery Center and the National Children’s Forest offer four different environmental education programs.

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9 Interactive Play Areas

  • Gathering Area

  • Nature Art

  • Messy Materials

  • Building

  • Climbing and Crawling

  • Music and Movement

  • Pathways Through Planting

  • Dirt Digging

  • Quiet Area

View the Nature Discovery Zone Guide here!

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