Stop by the Big Bear Discovery Center located on the north shore of Big Bear Lake to plan your adventures in the San Bernardino National Forest.
The Big Bear Discovery Center is your gateway to adventure and discovery in the great outdoors. The Center is an educational and informational portal to the San Bernardino National Forest and is located within the heart of the Big Bear Valley. This nearby oasis is a one- to three-hour drive from anywhere in Southern California. Our goal is to ensure your visit to the Big Bear Discovery Center heightens your awareness on how to become a more responsible caretaker of a national forest while increasing your enjoyment and knowledge of California’s most recreated forestland, the San Bernardino National Forest.
The facility is co-managed in partnership with the Southern California Mountains Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the success of the San Bernardino National Forest.
Located on North Shore Drive (Highway 38) between Fawnskin and Stanfield Cutoff. Look for the Discovery Center Sign on the north side of the highway.
Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Call ahead to confirm hours.
**Due to the Redlands Bicycle Classic on April 3, 2014, North Shore Drive will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Discovery Center will have a schedule change for that week only. We will be open on Sunday, March 30th, Monday, March 31st and Tuesday, April 1st. Closed on Wednesday, April 2nd and Thursday, April 3rd. Open Friday, April 4th and Saturday April 5th. Then the Discovery Center will be back to our regular work schedule. The Discovery Center will be available on opening day, April 1st, for the 2014 fuelwood permit season!
Big Bear Discovery Center
41374 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
Fawnskin, CA 92333
PO Box 290
Fawnskin, CA 92333
(909) 382-2790 (voice)
(TDD/TTY dial (800) 735-2922)
Directions by Google Maps
Our Visitor Center provides the following services to the public:
Email for recreation or visitor information: Anna Bribiescas (email response may take up to five days)