Big Bear, Ca April 2, 2011 6:00 pm – The National Forest Association requires many volunteers to run the Big Bear Discovery Center. Four times each year, the NFA invites anyone interested in helping to an orientation. During the meeting, potential volunteers learn about the NFA and the programs that need volunteers. At the end of the presentation, there is an opportunity to sign up for available positions and additional training. Once trained, volunteers are asked to commit to two 4-hour shifts each month to remain active. Some of the many areas where volunteers are essential to keep the Discovery Center programs going are during the weekend arts and crafts programs, nature walks, and at the front desk. The next orientation will be Saturday, April 30 from 1:00 until 3:00 pm. NFA Volunteer Coordinator Meredith Brandon invites anyone who loves the forest and who would like to help visitors learn to appreciate and protect our forest to attend the orientation. Please call her office at 382-2842 to make a reservation. For more information visit the National Forest Association website.