Your Gateway to Information and Discovery

Opened in 1998, the Big Bear Discovery Center is the largest visitor center in the Big Bear Valley. Stop by and be one of the more than 190,000 yearly visitors to experience exhibits, weekly programs, eco-tours. Enjoy special events like outdoor concerts, theater productions, and nighttime interpretive programs in the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater.

Our goal is to ensure your visit here is enjoyable and heightens your awareness to become a more knowledgeable and responsible caretaker of the San Bernardino National Forest.

40971 North Shore Drive/Hwy 38, Fawnskin, CA 92333

Phone: (909) 382-2790

Due to the closure of the National Forests in CA, the Discovery Center is only open for information until further notice. Learn more here.

Open hours will be Thurs-Mon, from 9 am-4 pm.

Donate Now to Support the Big Bear Discovery Center

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

Each year our programs have a positive impact on Public Lands

What We Have Done:


Yearly visitors enjoying exhibits, weekly programs,
and special events


Volunteer hours providing education, hands-on learning and information


Interpretive programs provided at the Big Bear Discovery Center and special events

What’s Happening at the Discovery Center

Forest Information

The Big Bear Valley offers a wide range of outdoor activities for both beginner and experienced enthusiasts. Visit Big Bear to experience the natural beauty of pristine alpine lake surrounded by pine forest and clear blue skies. Outdoor activities include fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, birding and so much more to inspire your passion for the outdoors.

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Environmental Education

Learning in an outdoor classroom is an adventure! The Southern California Mountains Foundation is committed to providing quality environmental education programs with trained volunteer naturalists. We believe a solid foundation in forest ecological principles and environmental stewardship helps students appreciate the natural world.

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Nature Discovery Zone

Where outdoor adventure encourages creativity, play, and exploration. Designed for children young children to explore and connect to the natural environment. The Nature Discovery Zone is open to the public five days a week, Thursday – Monday and is the first Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom in the National Forest system. Open to children ages 2 to 7.

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Donate Now to Support the Big Bear Discovery Center

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

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