Tag: National Forest Association

National Forest Association Celebrates “Earth Day” at the Big Bear Discovery Center

Fawnskin, CA, April 19, 2012, 12noon – Locally, 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...

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Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve Will Be Open On Saturdays

Baldwin Lake, CA, April 2, 2012, 8:00am – The Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve on Highway 18 along the north shore of Baldwin Lake will open April 7 for visitors to explore and learn about pebble plain environments that are unique to the San Bernardino National Forest. Opening day will feature a wildflower hike that will depart at 11:30am. The Reserve also provides a home for wildlife. Coyotes, jackrabbits, lizards and deer live in and around the reserve. In a partnership between the California Department of Fish and Game and the National Forest Association, Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve will be open to the public and staffed by volunteers from 10am until 2pm every Saturday through June 30. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31445.mp3|titles=Ecological...

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National Forest Association Restoration Team Seeks Volunteers

San Bernardino, CA, November 7, 2011, 8:00am –  The National Forest Association is launching an aggressive call out for volunteers to assist with the Great Seeds Restoration program through a schedule of restoration days through next March. Individuals, families and small groups are needed to get outside, pitch in and help restore the forest through a schedule of monthly volunteer days at the Lytle Creek nursery and other designated sites. Volunteers will meet in San Bernardino and caravan to the project site. Each session wraps up no later than 3:00pm. All tools, orientation, and training will be provided. However, volunteers should bring their own lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, and gloves. Additional and customized opportunities exist for corporate team building events and community and youth groups who want to get involved and donate their service. Projects are held year-round and can be scheduled seven days a week at sites ranging from Lytle Creek to Big Bear. Contact Joe VanDelden for more information by calling (909)...

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Volunteers Needed To Lead Snowshoe Tours For 6th Grade Science Students

Big Bear, Ca, October 26, 2011, 12:00pm – The National Forest Association is seeking volunteers to help educate and inspire the next generation of kids to be healthy and active forest stewards.  Volunteers are needed in the Big Bear area that are interested in leading educational and fun snowshoe tours for 6th grade science students.  The program is called Pathways to Stewardship, and is offered by the Forest Association to the 6th grade students in the Bear Valley and Rim of the World Unified School Districts.  Volunteers will lead and teach students about basic forest ecology including plants, animals and scientific concepts.  No experience in necessary as comprehensive training is provided for volunteers.  “Kids today spend less time outdoors than any previous generation,” stated Stacy Gorin, the National Forest Association Programming Director.  “Community involvement is key to the health and well being of our youth…Being active and learning outside has been shown to increase students science test scores by 27%.”  Gorin added.  Those interested in volunteering can attend the volunteer training session this Sunday October 30th from 9:00am to 3:30pm at the Discovery Center.  For more information call 909 915 5291. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31136.mp3|titles=NFA Needs Snowshoe...

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Celebrate Native American Heritage At Feast Of The Harvest Moon

Fawnskin, CA, October 14, 2011, noon – The tradition of celebrating Native American culture and legacy continues at the Big Bear Discovery Center in Fawnskin. The National Forest Association’s Feast of the Harvest Moon will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10am – 3pm. A day of fun and education is planned for families to experience Native American tradition, song and dance, with a focus on the Serrano’s, the indigenous people of the San Bernardino region. The Festival includes a special welcome and presentation on the history of Big Bear Valley. Guests will be able to sample Serrano food, check out native animals presented by Moonridge Animal Park, go back in time through paleontology, or play traditional Native American games. Guided nature walks by the Discovery Center volunteers are also planned. Admission is free, however, a donation of $2 per person would be greatly appreciated. For more information call 909-382-2790. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31110.mp3|titles=Feast of Harvest Moon...

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