These spaces often feature kid-friendly trails, interactive exhibits, and educational programs aimed at fostering a love for nature and outdoor activities in young people.

The National Children’s Forest

This spectacular 3,400-acre area of forest is named for the trees planted there in the wake of the 1970 Bear Fire. Each one bears the name of a child and is part of some of the most beautiful backcountry in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The purpose of the Children’s Forest is to provide opportunities for youth to take a leadership role in forest management by giving them a legitimate voice in caring for our local mountains. Through formal education and volunteer programs, we aim to evoke a fascination with nature that engenders a commitment to lifelong learning and environmental stewardship.

This area includes individual and group campsites, two hiking trails, and Keller Peak Fire Lookout.

The Center will reopen for Summer 2024 

Visitor Information Center
Address: 32573 Highway 18, Running Springs, CA 92333

Children learning about nature at the Children's Forest

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Each year our programs have a positive impact on Public Lands

What We Have Done:

500


 

Acres of forest area beautifully restored and preserved.

2,060


 

Individuals explored the visitor center and the National Children’s Forest.

1,767


 

Volunteer hours generously given from people of all ages.

What’s Happening at the Children’s Forest

Discovery Center display for children programs.

Forest Information

Stop by our Visitor Information Center, adjacent to Deerlick Fire Station on Highway 18 in Running Springs, one mile east of Highway 330 to get the latest information.

beauty meets tranquil serenity, cultivating moments of bliss and inspiration amidst nature's

Great Seeds Restoration

Launched in 2005, the Children’s Forest Great Seeds Restoration Program restores sites disturbed or cleared by fire, bark beetle infestation, erosion, and human impacts.

glistening landscapes and snowy adventures create memories that sparkle with wonder and joy

History of the Children’s Forest

This spectacular area boasts some of the most beautiful backcountry in the San Bernardino Mountains, which includes chaparral, yellow pine forest, and lush riparian zones.

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

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