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Winter Activities at the Big Bear Discovery Center


Snow has covered Big Bear, creating the perfect winter wonderland. Visitors from all over Southern California come up to the mountains to take advantage the various recreation activities; snowy hikes, skiing and boarding, sledding, and snowshoeing of course!

The Big Bear Discovery Center is your gateway to adventure and discovery in the San Bernardino National Forest. Visit the Discovery Center to get forest information, passes, and permits. While here, walk around to view displays, stop at the naturalist desk and have your nature questions answered, or join in on one of the weekend programs. The Discovery Center offers year-round activities for all ages.

The winter brings some of our favorite visitors to the forest- bald eagles! Volunteer to help the USFS count the bald eagles wintering on the San Bernardino National Forest. All volunteer eagle counts meet at the Discovery Center between 8-8:30am. Please dress warm and bring your own binoculars. The count goes from 9am-10am. Following the count at 11am, join USFS Wildlife Biologist Robin Eliason for an exciting presentation about our favorite winter visitor, the Bald Eagle. These free events are offered Saturdays, February 11, and March 11!

Want an adventure in the snow? 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.  Ecotours are dependent on snow conditions and require a reservation. Saturday and Sunday ecotours available. Adults (12+) are $30 and kids 8-12 are $20. Price include a light snack and water. Go to MountainsFoundation.org for more information or to reserve your spot!

Along with bald eagles, we have many of other creatures in our forest. Come learn how to track animals found in the San Bernardino National Forest. For a $3 fee, learn how tracks are cast and make your very own! After creating your animal track, a naturalist will guide you on a 20 minute walk around the grounds searching for signs of animals. Animal tracking is offered Saturdays, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 11, and March 25. Program runs continuously every 30 minutes from 11am-1pm.  For more information contact Megan Oberdoerster  at or call 909.382.2842.

Make your winter Big Bear trip complete by attending programs at the Big Bear Discovery Center!

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