Big Bear, CA – The Southern California Mountains Foundation will once again host guided wildflower walks and visitor information services at the Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday March 6 through June 14 from 10am-2pm with guided walks at 11:30am. The Reserve is open three days a week this season while the Discovery Center is closed for renovations. This year, visitor services include several naturalist exhibits brought over from the Discovery Center, as well as periodic programs such as nature crafts, pinecone birdfeeders, and storytime.
The Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve is the home of one of the most unique ecosystems in Big Bear, the pebble plains. Wildflower walks, guided by Discovery Center volunteer naturalists, will teach you about flowers that are found only in Big Bear. They will be closed to the public on April 12 and May 1. Dates are subject to change based on weather and staffing conditions.
The Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve is located on Highway 18 along the north shore of Baldwin Lake. To access the reserve, drive east on Highway 18 through Big Bear Valley. Look for the Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve sign along the north side of the lakebed. The Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve is open to the public and staffed by volunteers as a partnership between the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Southern California Mountains Foundation. The reserve serves as a place for visitors to explore and learn about pebble plain environments that are unique to the San Bernardino National Forest.