National Public Lands Day #NPLD Sept. 25, 2021

As Americans, we enjoy the privilege and bear the responsibility, of being stewards to more than a million acres of National Forests, Wildlife Refuges, Parks, Monuments, Recreation Areas, Trails, and more. Together, these form our National Public Lands, and Big Bear is surrounded by them.

On Saturday, September 25, 2021, the Southern California Mountains Foundation and Care for Big Bear invite you to take part as we celebrate our beautiful landscape on the 26th annual National Public Lands Day.  We’ll come together as a community to improve the lands we love so much – volunteers can donate their time on Maple Hills Trails or at City parks. Registration is required (but free) for both activities.

If you’re up for getting your hands dirty, join the SCMF Big Bear Trails Program at Maple Hills Trails. We’ll work on sections of the new trails using rakes, McLeod’s, and loppers. Check in is at 8:30 am at the Big Bear High School Parking Lot, and we will work until 11:30 am. Lunch will be provided by Care for Big Bear.   Participants must be 18 or older, and wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. Bring water and gloves if possible.  All tools will be provided and Trail Stewards will offer instruction.  To register for this event, please visit

Care for Big Bear is leading the charge on a park clean-up at locations throughout Big Bear.  Participants will be provided with trash pickers, bags, and assigned locations. Registrants can choose a start time of 8 am, 8:30 am, 9 am, or 9:30 am.  Check-in is at the Big Bear Visitor Center.  All ages are welcome, but children must be supervised.  To register for this event, please visit

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