National Childrens Forest Visitor Center helping children take leadership role in forest management
Free interpretive programs offered at
National Childrens Forest Visitor Center
The National Childrens Forest Visitor Center, in Running Springs near Big Bear Lake, offers free interpretive programs for the summer and is now open for the season.
Join staff and volunteers for programs ranging from guided nature walks to nature crafts. Stop by the visitor information center, adjacent to the Deerlick Fire Station on Highway 18 in Running Springs, one mile east of Highway 330, and meet National Children’s Forest Visitor Center Eco-Leaders who can provide you with information on hiking, biking, camping, Adventure Passes, forest roads, off highway vehicle adventures (and maps), educational tours, and the natural history of the area around Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear and Running Springs.
“Children’s Forest’s mission is to provide opportunities for children to take a leadership role in forest management by giving youth 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,” said Wendy Craig manager of operations at the National Children’ Forest Visitor Center.
The National Children’s Forest Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and is located at 32573 Highway 18, Running Springs, CA 92382.
The National Childrens Forest Visitor Center is one of six programs offered through the Southern California Mountains Foundation. A visit to the National Children’s Forest heightens awareness on how to become a more responsible caretaker of a national forest while increasing enjoyment and knowledge of California’s most visited forestland, the San Bernardino National Forest. Educational programs are offered weekly to visitors.
The area also offer wide-ranging opportunities for 4-wheeling, off road adventures.