Fawnskin, CA, April 19, 2012, 12noonLocally, National Forest Association youth leaders will be joining more than one billion people around the globe to participate in Earth Day 2012 on April 22 at the Big Bear Discovery Center on North Shore Drive to host and help mobilize an appreciation for our planet, call for its protection and stand united for a sustainable future.  The Earth Day celebration will begin with a lakeside cleanup. Participants should meet at 9:00am in front of the Discovery Center for a short walk to the Pedal Path to begin the clean up.  Materials will be provided.  A festival will follow at the Discovery Center from 10am to 2pm with activities including family bike rides to learn how to protect the San Bernardino forest along with exhibits and activities and crafts.  The Forest Explorer, which is the NFA’s mobile forest experience that brings educational forest health and fire safety messages to schools and events, will be on display.  According to Monica Curiel, NFA Children’s Forest program manager, “the San Bernardino Mountains is home to 71 species of endangered and threatened wildlife and more than 85 sensitive plant species! The health of our forest and restoration of land and resources have a direct impact on the health of our wildlife; a message our young leaders understand and want to teach all mountain residents and visitors.” So, get outside and give back to our forest on Earth Day 2012!