Tag: Big Bear Discovery Center

Strapped for Cash? Strap on the Snowshoes!

Fawnskin, CA, January 6, 2014 – For the third year, the Southern California Mountains Foundation will team up with REI, Rancho Cucamonga to host Winter Trails Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Winter Trails Day is a national event that offers those new to snow sports an opportunity to try snowshoeing and other winter activities for free. On Saturday, January 11 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., a variety of nature activities will be offered. Between 8 and 8:30 a.m., volunteers with binoculars are welcome to show up to help count the bald eagles wintering on the San Bernardino National Forest. The actual count takes place from 9-10am after a brief orientation. This will be the second of four censuses the U.S. Forest Service will conduct this winter. Starting at 10:30, a 30-minute introduction to snowshoeing–one of the fastest-growing winter sports–will be hosted every hour. Once participants register and get their maps at the Discovery Center, they’ll need to get themselves to the demonstration location; snowshoes will be provided. Stacy Gorin, Mountains Foundation Director of Operations, points out the sport is “an excellent form of low-risk, low impact aerobic exercise.” Every 30 minutes between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., you can learn how to track animals and make your very own track. This workshop has a fee of $3. At 11:00, you and the family can...

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Scanning the Skies for Bald Eagles

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 12, 2013 – Every year, the Forest Service conducts simultaneous bald eagle counts are held at Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Silverwood, Lake Perris, and Lake Hemet–but they couldn’t do it without volunteers. Volunteers are now being recruited for the 35th series of counts, , which will take place over the following Saturdays: December 21st, January 11th, February 8th, and March 8th. There’s no need to sign up ahead of time. Simply show up with binoculars and a watch at 8:00 a.m. on any census day at the Big Bear Discovery Center for an orientation. You’ll then be directed to a certain vantage point around Big Bear Lake to watch for bald eagles for one hour. Volunteers record their observations, and can later attend a free slideshow about bald eagles at 11:00. If the weather is iffy, you’ll want to call (909) 382-2832 to confirm the count is still happening;  an outgoing message will be left by 6:30 am on the morning of the count if it has to be cancelled. Forest Service biologist Robin Eliason said monitoring eagles this way has taught forestry agencies and land managers  a lot about which areas are important to eagles and how the populations are doing. For more information, contact Drew Farr (dpfarr@fs.fed.us or (909) 382-2816).   ...

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Discovery Center Breaks New Ground

Fawnskin, CA, August 30, 2013 — The Big Bear Discovery Center has long been an education portal to the outdoors. Now, it is the first certified Nature Explore Classroom in a U.S. National Forest. Nature Explore Classrooms are part of a collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation developed in response to the growing disconnect between children and nature. Certified classrooms help fill that void by integrating research-based outdoor learning opportunities into children’s daily lives. This national certification was awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation — a conservation and education organization of one million members — and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, whose mission  is to inspire children, families and educators to connect more deeply with the world around them by providing innovative, research-based programs and resources. Outdoor classrooms designed according to standards and principles described in Dimensions Educational Research Foundation’s Learning With Nature Idea Book are eligible to become certified Nature Explore Classrooms, which are being developed across the country. They offer interactive elements such as musical instruments made of natural materials, garden or pathway areas and natural materials for building and creating art. Activities are designed to enhance concentration, develop creativity and problem-solving, relieve stress and improve skills in many areas of development. The Big Bear Discovery Center is co-managed by the nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation. Stacy Gorin, Director of Operations for the Foundation, said, “We are one...

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Journey Tribute Band Returns to Discovery Center

Fawnskin, CA, July 12, 2013 – DSB, World’s Greatest Tribute to Journey, returns to the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater on July 20 for the second installment of the 2013 Music in the Mountains summer concert series. Vocalist Juan Del Castillo captures the essence of renowned vocalist Steve Perry, and the band of world-class musicians delivers the sound of Journey in their prime. They debuted in April to a national audience on the new AXS.TV live concert channel. The Music in the Mountains series raises funds for ongoing restoration of the San Bernardino National Forest, one of the busiest in the national forest system. It is produced by the non-profit Southern California Mountains Foundation, whose event producer, Kathy Clapsaddle, points out, “DSB was recently voted by their fans as the ‘World’s Greatest Tribute to Journey,’ elevating them to new heights and reinforcing their ‘next best thing’ status.” The British Beat, Journey Decades of British Invasion will open the concert, rounding out a celebration of the 70s and 80s top classic rock bands. The concert begins at 6:00 p.m. General admission tickets are available online, at the Discovery Center Adventure Outpost and at the event gate: $27 adult; $10 teens (13-17); youth 12 and under free admittance in the open seating areas. All parking at the Discovery Center will be prepaid through ticket packages.  Parking and ticket gates will open at 5:00 p.m.  General admission parking is free and...

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Activist Educates on Depression, Bullying and PTSD

Fawnskin, CA, July 10, 2013 –  ‘Quality of life activist’ Tammie Hayes has spent the last three months traveling more than 9,500 miles to raise awareness about bullying, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide. She also runs a website for victims and their families from her home in Big Bear City. Hayes will present her inspiring message of compassion and perseverance at the next Big Bear THRIVES! gathering on July 14 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center. The free gathering will include a healthy potluck and raffles, and people are encouraged to bring business cards for networking and literature that is socially conscious and environmentally sustainable. Big Bear THRIVES! is sponsored by the Mountain Healing Arts Association. For further information, contact Gina Weiss at (909)...

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