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The Big White Dome on the Lake

  Big Bear Lake, CA, February 1, 2014 – Have you ever wondered what that little white building with the big white dome on top is doing sitting on the north shore of our lake? It’s looking at the sun. The Big Bear Solar Observatory was built by the California Institute of Technology in 1969, but management of the BBSO was transferred to the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1997. The location is optimal due to the clarity of the sky and the presence of a body of water. At 6,742 ft above sea level, the observatory is above a significant portion of the atmosphere and the water provides a cooling effect on the air surrounding the building eliminating ground heat radiation waves that cause optical problems. The BBSO operates 4 telescopes. The main bulding houses the NST, which at 1.6 meters is the largest aperture solar telescope in the world. While it can only observe less than 10% of the sun at a time because of its high magnification, it tracks that portion from sunrise to sunset and is able to see features on the Sun less than 50km across. The small dome contains two telescopes. One looks at solar flares–and since this unit is able to see the whole sun, it acts as a “finder” for the NST, picking a target for the NST to observe. The...

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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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Healing the Forest with Music at the Discovery Center

Big Bear, Ca May 14, 2011 3:00 pm – Music in the Mountains is the National Forest Association’s annual concert series benefiting the youth programs at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  Four concerts will be offered during the 2011 season.  On June 25 at 7 pm, experience the music of the Eagles with the The Long Run.  July 16 at 7 pm, the Journey tribute band DSB will be appearing.  July 30 the Big Bear Mountain Music Festival begins at 4:00 pm featuring the Misfit Cowboys, Sligo Rags, and Salty Suites.  The season concludes on Labor Day Weekend, with Jim Curry’s Tribute to the Music of John Denver.  Community supporters for the music series include Coldwell Banker, The Tim Wood Group, and the Lighthouse Project, with sponsorships by the City of Big Bear Lake, Northwoods Resort, Big Bear Mountain Resorts, and the Big Bear Lake Resort Association.  Tickets are available at the Discovery Center’s Adventure Outpost and online at nationalforestassociation.org.  Proceeds from the music events support youth service and learning forest restoration projects, in addition to after school science and forest stewardship programs offered by the Discovery Center. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30729.mp3|titles=Music in the Mountains at the Discovery Center...

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