National Forest Association Is Now Southern California Mountains Foundation

San Bernardino, CA, December 19, 2012 - Twenty years ago a group of people came together with a shared vision. They saw a new way of collaborating to support Southern California's mountain forests. The visionaries grappling with the problem generated a groundbreaking idea to create a non-profit to support the work of the Forest Service in the … [Read more...]

Feast Of The Harvest Moon

Fawnskin, CA, October 19, 2012, 6am - A “Feast” of Native American culture will be presented and celebrated at the 12th  annual Feast of the Harvest Moon festival.  Traditionally, the Feast of the Harvest Moon was celebrated among American Indian tribes when the period of darkness between sunset and moonrise is successively shorter … [Read more...]

Volunteers Help Restore Cactus Flats Area

Big Bear Valley, CA, October 4, 2012, 6am - Over 100 volunteers joined the National Forest Association on Saturday, September 29, to restore and beautify popular recreation land near Cactus Flats. The participants were part of a coast-to-coast effort of more than 170,000 who came together at more than 2,000 sites to donate their time and effort to … [Read more...]

Cactus Flats Volunteer Restoration Event

Fawnskin, CA, September 25, 2012, 6:00am – On Saturday, September 29, volunteers around the nation, including 100 at Cactus Flats in the San Bernardino National Forest, will chip in to restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and enjoyment. They’ll be taking part in the 19th  National Public … [Read more...]

Transit Of Venus Today


Big Bear Lake, CA, June 5, 2012, 8:00am – On May 20 there was solar eclipse, and today the planet Venus will cross the face of the Sun in its orbit. The last time this happened was in 2004, and it won’t happen again until 2117. First contact, the moment Venus touches the Sun’s northeastern edge, will occur at 3:05 this afternoon. Looking … [Read more...]

The June 5th Transit Of Venus, The Last In Our Lifetime

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Big Bear Lake, CA, May 30, 2012, 5:00pm – Two spectacular astronomical events so closely related to one another in time, doesn’t happen very often. On May 20 we were treated with a solar eclipse. Now, on June 5 the planet Venus will cross the face of the Sun in its orbit. The last time this happened was in 2004, and it won’t happen again … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

Grant Awarded To Discovery Center’s Nature Explore Classroom


Fawnskin, CA, March 26, 2012, noon - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the USDA’s continuing commitment to get kids outdoors and connected to the natural world around them with $1 million in cost-share funding from the US Forest Service to enhance children’s programs in 18 states. Some of the Forest Service grant funding will be … [Read more...]

Theater Festival At Discovery Center

Fawnskin, CA, August 12, 2011, noon - The Big Bear Summer Theater Festival comes to the Discovery Center this weekend on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7 pm each night. The Festival presents "Clarence Darrow," a visit with America's lawyer. Darrow brought the working man an eight-hour day and defended the right of a Southern school … [Read more...]

Feast of the Harvest Moon

Big Bear, Ca, October 8, 2010, 8:00am - Visitors and mountain community members are invited to attend the National Forest Association’s Feast of the Harvest Moon Festival October 23, 2010 from 10am- 2pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center in Fawnskin.  The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary of exploring Native American heritage through … [Read more...]