CONNECTING COMMUNITIES TO PUBLIC LANDS IS KEY TO THEIR SURVIVAL

We mobilize individuals to inspire and engage in environmental citizenship.

Give Back to Nature

Donate to the Southern California Mountains Foundation’s six powerful, conservation, education and recreation programs!

People need public land—and for 30 years, The Southern California Mountains Foundation has worked to protect it. Through conservation initiatives, innovative environmental education, and the operation of the largest discovery center and local corps serving the Inland Empire, we empower people to learn and protect the San Bernardino National Forest.

What's Happening in the Mountains

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MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAIN

Take a seat under the stars at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater and enjoy your favorite tribute headliners, and exciting opening bands, 7,000 feet above Southern California! Tickets are now available. Join us in celebrating this summer of 2024 with an exciting lineup!

offering interactive exhibits and programs focused on environmental conservation and outdoor recreation in the surrounding area.

DISCOVERY CENTER

The Big Bear Discovery Center is open but still in the process of a remodel. Stop by and be one of the more than 190,000 yearly visitors to enjoy weekly programs, eco-tours, and special events. Enjoy outdoor concerts, theater productions, and nighttime interpretive programs in the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater. 

encompasses efforts and initiatives aimed at supporting and improving the well-being of communities and individuals through various forms of assistance, advocacy, and outreach.

JOIN THE URBAN CONSERVATION CORPS

Looking for a great career? Consider joining the Inland Empire UCC! Corpsmembers serve in the Southern California Mountains and get valuable skills that can launch your career in environmental conservation.

We are accepting applications now! 

Donate Now to Help Protect Public Lands

Your donation will help protect Public Lands for everyone, now and for the future.

Explore Our Programs

Since 1993, the organization has made a critical difference, executing volunteer programs that donated 1.5 million hours of service valued at $32,685,000.00.

Click on the programs below to learn more.

These spaces often feature kid-friendly trails, interactive exhibits, and educational programs aimed at fostering a love for nature and outdoor activities in young people.
Educational facility in Big Bear Lake, California, offering interactive exhibits and programs focused on environmental conservation and outdoor recreation in the surrounding area.
Sentinel towers perched atop majestic peaks, vigilantly safeguarding vast wilderness expanses, ensuring swift detection and response to protect our cherished natural landscapes.
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Empowering communities through hands-on environmental stewardship, fostering a sustainable urban future while creating meaningful opportunities for personal growth and community engagement.
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offers interactive exhibits, educational programs, guided nature walks, and recreational activities aimed at promoting environmental awareness and appreciation for the surrounding natural environment

Donate Now to Help Protect Public Lands

Your donation will help protect Public Lands for everyone, now and for the future.

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Partners Make It Possible

Collaborating with dedicated organizations and individuals, we enhance conservation efforts, protect natural resources, and promote sustainable recreation, ensuring the preservation of our nation's invaluable forests for generations to come
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maintenance, conservation initiatives, and sustainable recreation projects, ensuring responsible OHV enjoyment and preserving natural landscapes for future generations
our nation's public lands through sustainable practices, conservation efforts, and community engagement, ensuring these precious resources are protected and enjoyed by all
outdoor attractions, making them ideal retreats for leisure travelers seeking a mountain
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