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Cougar Crest Walk

Meet at the Cougar Crest Trail parking lot for a guided walk with a naturalist. The walk is one hour and easy/moderate. Learn about the flora and fauna of Big Bear, as well as some history. If there is inclement weather, the hike will be cancelled. No sign-ups are required. Just meet at the trailhead and find our naturalist. Wearing layers and good hiking shoes is recommended. Bringing water is also suggested. An Adventure Pass is required in the parking lot.

    • night hike
Categories: Discovery Center

Snowshoe EcoTour

Join a naturalist for a guided snowshoe tour in the San Bernardino National Forest. You will learn how to snowshoe, go for a guided trek through the forest, and have some exploration time as well! Dependent on snow conditions, call for more details. Reservations required. Go to www.mountainsfoundation.org to reserve your spot. Adults $30, Kids (8-12 yrs.) $20

Dates and fees subject to change.

    • Couple Snowshoe
Categories: Discovery Center

Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve

Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve is a wonderful spot for wildflower viewing and naturalist displays! Stop by and get information about what's in bloom and a chance to see the amazing pebble plain flowers found only in the Big Bear valley. Visitor information center is staffed with volunteers and open in partnership with the Southern California Mountains Foundation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A guided walk is at 11:30am.

    • pebble plains
Categories: Discovery Center

Volunteer in the Big Bear Ranger Station Greenhouse

Come Join Us, Big Bear Greenhouse Work Day, Mountaintop Ranger Station

About this Event

Easy | 3-4 hours max. | Number of Volunteers: 20 | Family Friendly


Nursery Work

9:00AM - 2:00PM Meet at the Mountaintop Ranger Station, Fawnskin, CA (Google maps: 41374 N Shore Dr, Fawnskin, CA 92333)

Restoration - Mountain Nursery

Join us for a fun day out in the forest nursery. This is an easy project that anyone can participate in.

Projects vary by season from painting sheds, installing fencing and other maintenance projects to watering plants, weeding, planting, bumping up seedlings to bigger pots or collecting native seeds - whatever needs to be done that day.

By growing and planting native plants from locally collected seeds, we protect native habitat, sensitive species, as well as unique cultural resources.

You can feel good knowing you are helping to restore the Forest we all enjoy and love. 🌱

No training needed. Families welcome. Bring lunch, water, and sun protection. Limited services nearby: lunch, stores.

Thanks to our partners at the US Forest Service.

Email at volunteer@mountainsfoundation.org for more information.


Snowshoe EcoTour

Join a naturalist for a guided snowshoe tour in the San Bernardino National Forest. You will learn how to snowshoe, go for a guided trek through the forest, and have some exploration time as well! Dependent on snow conditions, call for more details. Reservations required. Go to www.mountainsfoundation.org to reserve your spot. Adults $30, Kids (8-12 yrs.) $20

Dates and fees subject to change.

    • SnowShoe Towne Trail
Categories: Discovery Center

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