By Susan A. Neufeld
Running Springs, CA – National Children’s Forest, located in Running Springs, offers free interpretive programs for the summer and is now open for the season!
The Visitor Center is located at 32573 Highway 18, Running Springs, CA (next to the Deerlick Fire Station and just east of Highway 330).
They offer information on hiking, biking, camping, Adventure Passes, forest roads, off highway vehicle adventures (and maps), educational tours and the natural history of the area.
CHILDREN’S FOREST MISSION
“Children’s Forest’s mission is to provide opportunities for children to take a leadership role in forest management by giving youth a legitimate voice in caring for our local mountains. Through formal education and volunteer programs, we aim to evoke a fascination with nature that engenders a commitment to life-long learning and environmental stewardship”, says Wendy Craig manager of operations at the Children’s Forest Visitor Center.
The Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day .