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Southern California Mountains Foundation

Big Bear Discovery Centers 20th Anniversary

For Immediate Release

May 16, 2018


Wendy Craig



Big Bear Discovery Center 20th Anniversary Celebration

June 16

Big Bear Discovery Center

Fawnskin, CA . . . The Southern California Mountains Foundation will host the 20th Anniversary of the Big Bear Discovery Center on June 16, 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  The Big Bear Discovery Center opened in 1998 due to a combination of efforts between the SCMF (formerly the San Bernardino National Forest Association) and the US Forest Service. Both staff and volunteers have helped over 3 million visitors enjoy the forest and develop a sense of stewardship.

To celebrate the anniversary, the Discovery Center will offer a number of interpretive programs, booths, and educational displays. All of our interpretive programs, such as birdhouse building, gold panning, nature crafts, etc. will be offered for free that day on a limited basis to thank the community and our out of town visitors for their support. Please visit our website, www.mountainsfoundation.org, for program times. The Vegan Tamale Company will offer a choice of lunch items and beverages. There will also be snacks, beverages, and items for purchase in our Adventure Outpost store.

In addition to booths and programs, Smokey Bear is planning a visit.  The Off-Highway Vehicle education trailer will be in attendance with their “On the Right Trail” RC car program. The Urban Conservation Corps will present their recycling education trailer and a fire engine will also be present.

Beautiful commemorative 20th Anniversary pins with our original bear logo will be available that day on a first-come, first served basis for a small donation.

June 16th also welcomes the grand opening of the California Conservation Corps Museum in the Discovery Center.  This museum highlights the history of the Corps, from its creation in 1933 by Franklin Roosevelt to the current Corps programs of today. “We encourage visitors to stop in on June 16th and celebrate 20 years of forest information, education, and stewardship.” says Wendy Craig, Discovery Center Manager.

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