Big Bear Discovery Center

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NOTICE: As of Sunday, March 15, 2020, this visitor center is temporarily closed. Virtual services are available.

Adventure Passes can be purchased in the area at about 30 local businesses, which are listed in our vendor database (search for Big Bear and Fawnskin separately in the "Search all columns" box).

For America the Beautiful, The National Parks and Federal Recreational Land Passes, (Interagency Passes Senior, Annual, Military, Access, 4th Grade-Every Kid Outdoors) please contact Forest Headquarters 909-382-2601.

Wood Gathering Permits for the Mountaintop Ranger District

Wood permits can be purchased by virtual service by calling 909-382-2601 or by completing the Feedback Form on the Forest's Contact Us webpage. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday and all Federal Holidays.

The Big Bear Discovery Center is your gateway to adventure and discovery in the great outdoors. The Discovery 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 the national forest while increasing your enjoyment and knowledge of California’s most recreated forestland, the San Bernardino National Forest.

The programs and events are conducted in partnership with the Southern California Mountains Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the success of the San Bernardino National Forest.

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Address and Directions

Located on North Shore Drive (Highway 38), 3 miles east of Fawnskin and 1 1/4 miles west of Stanfield Cutoff. Look for the Discovery Center Sign on the north side of the highway.

Big Bear Discovery Center
40971 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
Fawnskin, CA 92333
Mailing address:
PO Box 69
Fawnskin, CA 92333

(909) 382-2790 (voice)
(TDD/TTY dial (800) 735-2922)

Directions by Google Maps

Our Visitor Center is currently CLOSED virtual services are available:

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