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Southern California Mountains Foundation

NOTICE TO VISITORS:  Starting November 11, 2019 the Big Bear Discovery Center will be temporarily closed for renovations.  We expect to be back open in the fall of 2020.  For more information please click here.

Your Gateway to Adventure and Discovery

Opened in 1998, the Big Bear Discovery Center is the largest visitor center in the Big Bear Valley.  Stop by and be one of the more than 190,000 yearly visitors to enjoy exhibits, weekly programs, eco-tours, and special events like outdoor concerts, theater productions, and nighttime interpretive programs in the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater.

Our goal is to ensure your visit here is enjoyable and heightens your awareness to help you become a more knowledgeable and responsible caretaker of the San Bernardino National Forest.

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Let our naturalists help you plan your next adventure. We can help with:

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  • Naturalist Led Eco-Tours 
  • Adventure Passes

  • Hiking & Biking Maps

  • Camping Information

  • Maps of Forest Roads & Off-highway Vehicle Adventures

  • Forest Service Permits

  • Interpretive Programs

  • Environmental Education for School & Scout Groups

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40971 North Shore Drive/Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333
Phone: (909) 382-2790

New Hours of Operation:

Starting November 11, 2019, the Big Bear Discovery Center will be closed for renovations.  It is expected to be back open for business in the fall of 2020.  Thank you for your patience. 

The Big Bear Discovery Center is co-managed by the non-profit Southern California Mountains Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service. Entrance is free and the facility is pet friendly.

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