Parents & Teachers

Sierra Club partners with local schools and national forest

The Forest Service is committed to providing students, parents and teachers with youth-oriented information and resources related to natural resources and the environment. Our Agency wants to encourage more kids to go outdoors by having fun, being healthy and learning more about nature.

This can instill kids to create an awareness of the value of public lands by connecting kids with nature and the outdoors, as well as enthusiastically participate in physical activities.

Conservation Education

Conservation Education (CE) helps people of all ages understand and appreciate our country's natural resources -- and learn how to conserve those resources for future generations. Through structured educational experiences and activities targeted to varying age groups and populations, conservation education enables people to realize how natural resources and ecosystems affect each other and how resources can be used wisely.

Through conservation education, people develop the critical thinking skills they need to understand the complexities of ecological problems. Conservation Education also encourages people to act on their own to conserve natural resources and use them in a responsible manner by making informed resource decisions.

Please explore this Web site dedicated to educators - both formal and non-formal - and take advantage of the varied resources provided.

Environmental Education Programs on the San Bernardino National Forest

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is committed to providing quality environmental education experiences at two outdoor environments: the Big Bear Discovery Center and the National Children’s Forest in Running Springs.

Programs are designed to meet California state standards and create a solid foundation in forest ecological principals and environmental stewardship. Students will learn to appreciate the natural world through exploration and thought-provoking activities.

The Southern California Mountains Foundation offers five different environmental education programs, which are listed on this website.