Big Bear Discovery Center

Photo: Big Bear Discovery Center

The Big Bear Discovery Center is currently closed as it undergoes renovation. However, limited outdoor visitor services are still available depending on staffing.

Current Services

General visitor information services and pass sales ("Adventure Pass" and "America the Beautiful" annual federal lands pass) are available through the Southern California Mountains Foundation at the outdoor snack bar Thursday through Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Alternatively, Adventure Passes can also 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 other passes (e.g. senior, military, access, etc), please contact Forest Headquarters 909-382-2682 to arrange an appointment in San Bernardino.

Wood Gathering Permits

Personal fuelwood gathering permit season begins April 1st thru March 31st of the following year. Wood permit inquiries are welcomed 909-382-2790. 


  • Mail fuelwood permit requests to Mountaintop Ranger District, P.O. Box 290, Fawnskin, CA 92333, Attn: Collection Officer.

  • Include in your request: name, USPS mailing address, physical residential address, cord quantity and day contact telephone number.

  • All permits are mailed to the public via U.S. Post Office.


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


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.