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Southern California Mountains Foundation


This spectacular 3,400-acre area of forest is named for the trees planted there in the wake of the 1970 Bear Fire. Each one bears the name of a child and is part of some of the most beautiful backcountry in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Children’s Forest is to provide opportunities for youth to take a leadership role in forest management by giving them a legitimate voice in caring for our local mountains. Through formal education and volunteer programs, we aim to evoke a fascination with nature that engenders a commitment to life-long learning and environmental stewardship.

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  • Childrens Forest Visitor Center

Visitor Information Center

32573 Highway 18, Running Springs, CA  92382
Phone: (909) 867-5996

NOTICE - The Children's Forest is currently closed due to CONV-19. We will reopen as soon as government officials state that it is safe to do so. 

Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open from Memorial to Labor Day