Mission: To support youth development through conservation initiatives integrating environmental education, training and hands-on service projects; protect our natural resources through adult and family-led programming; and provide interpretive services that focus on outdoor recreation, responsible use, and stewardship of our natural environment.
Programs: Forest care grants- provided assistance to landowners in the care of the national forest.
urban conservation corps- a workforce development program that offers young men and women, ages 18-25 and youth ages 13-17, the chance to serve on our southern california mountains and become employable citizens through hard work in environmental conservation, accomplishments included; maintained and restored 200 acres of public lands, recycled 21,000 pounds of plastic bottles, maintained seven historic fire lookout towers, planted 2,500 native plants, removed 12,500 pounds of trash from public lands, and coordinated 80,000 volunteer service hours. Graduated 13 urban conservation corpsmembers through john muir charter school.
fire lookouts- over 300 fire lookout hosts donate more than 17,000 volunteer hours each year from may through november supporting seven lookouts in spotting smoke, educating visitors about the history of the fire lookouts, mountain ecology, and keeping the lookouts a vibrant part of our local mountains and communities safe. Off highway vehicle education and safety (ohv)- mote than 300 ohv patrol volunteers contributed over 20,000 hours each year in teaching visitors trail ethics and land resource stewardship. In addition, they maintain and monitor trails to help ohv enthusiasts recreate safely while protecting the public lands they visit. National children's forest- a 3,400 acres site nestled in the san bernrdino mountains. Along with recreation opportunities, children's forest hosts a visitor information center, an environmental education program, a youth leadership volunteer program and an active reforestation program. Children's forest is a place where children learn how to become stewards of the land through education and opportunities. Big bear discovery center- an educational and informational portal to the san bernardino national forest. The goal is to heighten visitor awareness on how to become a more responsible caretaker of a national forest while increasing their enjoyment and knowledge of california's most recreated forestland. Attracted more than 180,000 visitors with exhibits, weekly programs, eco-tours, sprecial events and phone requests as an information source. Opened the nature discovery zone, becoming the first certified nature explore classroom in a national forest.
The Big Bear Discovery Center, one of six programs, within the Southern California Mountains Foundation is a non-profit that I can easily support. They have a large volunteer base for staffing which translates to more dollars spent on actual programs. The Discovery Center programs are designed to educate not only children, but adults about our forests and the natural environment. They also do wonderful things to keep our forests alive and healthy through their reforestation programs. The Discovery Center is frequently the first stop for visitors to the area as it provides a good overview of the area with displays of the animal life, geology and natural history. There are trails just outside the center, maps available for additional explorations and activities for children. Donors can directly support by giving cash or indirectly by participating in tours or attending events.
I've been both a volunteer and a donor for this foundation and they do so much good -- for both the forests and mountains of Southern California and for our children. As the volunteer arm for one of the busiest forests in the nation, the San Bernardino National Forest, they run the popular Big Bear Discovery Center and educate thousands of kids and adults about our natural world. Their AmeriCorp Urban Conservation Corps provide dozens of at-risk young adults the skills and education to be productive members of society. I strongly support them.