“Celebrate Your Love” of Nature at the Discovery Center

Fawnskin, CA, February 4, 2014 - The Southern California Mountains Foundation is presenting a "Celebrate Your Love" Benefit for the Discovery Center this Saturday, February 8th, at the Discovery Center, as a culmination of their holiday fund raising campaign to raise the $25,000 needed to continue the high level of service, programming and … [Read more...]

Single-Digit Humidity + Gusty Winds = Fire Watch

San Bernardino Mountains, January 23, 2014 - There is a Fire Weather Watch in effect late tonight through Friday night, due to increasingly dry conditions and strong winds. A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur (which would be accompanied by a Red Flag Warning). During the last Fire Weather Warning … [Read more...]

The Trouble With Conifers

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Big Bear City, CA, January 16, 2014 - For all the work trees do to clean our air, pollinating trees are the bane of allergy sufferers. This week, the unseasonably warm weather and windy conditions are making the situation worse. Several websites that rate pollen levels on a scale from 1 to 12 show Big Bear averaging 9.1 over the next few days, with … [Read more...]

Solar Eclipse Scientist Makes Rare Appearance

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Fawnskin, CA January 14, 2014 - On Thursday January 16th at 4:00pm, join guest speaker Jay Pasachoff, a Harvard educated Astronomer and leading scientist on solar eclipses, at the Big Bear Discovery Center for a stunning presentation of  "The Sun and Solar Eclipses". "The Big Bear Observatory's telescopes can observe the everyday surface of the … [Read more...]

Local Forests Under Fire Weather Watch

San Bernardino National Forest, January 13, 2014 - The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch throughout the Inland Empire due to extremely low humidity. A Fire Weather Watch indicates critically dry conditions that dangerously increase the risk of wildfire. Humidity could dip into single digits with little recovery overnight, … [Read more...]

Strapped for Cash? Strap on the Snowshoes!

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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 … [Read more...]

Scanning the Skies for Bald Eagles

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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 … [Read more...]

Forest Recreation Sites Closed by Government Shutdown

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, October 9, 2013 - The Federal lapse in funding is officially restricting some recreation in the San Bernardino National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has provided the following list of closures. All Campgrounds and Yellow Post sites are closed: In the Big Bear Area, this includes Serrano, Pineknot, … [Read more...]

U.S. Forest Service Suspends Some Services

Big Bear Valley, CA, October 4, 2013 - Due to the lapse in agency funding, the sale of all types of permits for the San Bernardino National Forest -- including recreation, firewood, etc. -- are suspended. Federally owned recreation sites and offices are closed.  These services will be available once federal funding is restored. Law … [Read more...]

Forest Visitors to be Surveyed on Activities and Satisfaction

Big Bear Valley, CA, October 4, 2013 - Federal furloughs notwithstanding, the San Bernardino National Forest will be participating in a one-year visitor survey called the National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM). This survey process, done in partnership with the University of California at San Marcos, will be conducted  through September 30, … [Read more...]