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Seed Cleaning over Coffee at the Big Bear Ranger Station

About this Event

Join the Mountains Foundation’s Great Seeds Restoration Program, to collect, clean, start seedlings, and plant native species all in effort to make the forest more beautiful, resilient, and valuable to wildlife.

Beginning Winter 2020, we invite volunteers to help clean native, locally collected seed for an enjoyable, friendly couple of hours indoors. No experience necessary, bring your coffee cup, and a smile to join others who love nature and native plants.


Location and times:


Big Bear Ranger Station, Meadow Room

2nd and 4th Friday of the month.

9:00AM-11:30AM.

4th Feb 28 9:00-11:30

2nd Mar 13 9:00-11:30

4th Mar 27 9:00-11:30


Please sign up through Eventbrite, or Contact Lisa Underwood, volunteer@mountainsfoundation.org, 909-832-2834. Space is limited.


Baker's Pond Walk

Meet at the Baker's Pond parking lot (Stanfield Cutoff) for a guided walk with a naturalist. The walk is one hour and easy along the bridge. Learn about the flora and fauna of Big Bear, as well as some history. This is a great place to look for birds. 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. 

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Categories: Discovery Center

Woodland Trail hike

Join naturalist, Robin Martin, for a guided hike on the Woodland Trail. Learn about the flora and fauna of Big Bear, as well as some history. Hiking shoes and water recommended. Free!

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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.


Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve

Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve is a wonderful spot for wildflower viewing! 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 wildflower walk is at 11:30am.

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Categories: Discovery Center

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