National Winter Trails Day at Big Bear Discovery Center, January 13, 2018

By Susan A. Neufeld

Fawnskin, CA – The Southern California Mountain Foundation will host it’s 17th Annual Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 13, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Big Bear Discovery Center.


Winter Trails Day is a national event that offers those new to snow sports an opportunity to try winter activities, such as snowshoeing, for FREE. Smokey Bear will make an appearance.

A 30-minute introduction to snowshoeing will be hosted every hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. Registration will be available at 10 a.m. and is limited to 20 people per demo.  Snowshoes will be provided. (This activity is dependent on snow….THINK SNOW!)

” Strap on a pair of snowshoes and you’ll quickly see why snowshoeing has become one of the fastest-growing winter sports,” said Wendy Craig, Discovery Center Manager. ” If you can walk, you can snowshoe. People are using snowshoes for a variety of activities – everything from hiking into pristine wilderness and aerobic conditioning, to pure recreation with family and friends. We’re using snowshoes for discovery and adventure at the Discovery Center for this FREE event, and weekend paid tours through March 2018.” Craig added.


Bald Eagle Count: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. 

Volunteers to help the Forest Service count the bald eagles wintering on the San Bernardino National Forest. Meet at the Discovery Center between 8-8:30 a.m. Please dress warm and bring your own binoculars. The count goes from 9-10 a.m.

Bald Eagle Celebration: 11 a.m.

Join  Forest Service Biologists for a 1-hour presentation on the biology of  eagles and why they winter in the Big Bear Valley; great for families to learn together about our national bird!

Nature Walks: 2 p.m. & 2 p.m.

45 minute naturalist-led walk around the center’s forested grounds; meet at the Bronze Grizzly Bear.

Nature Crafts: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Get inspired by nature to make fun crafts out of recyclable materials.

Animal Tracking: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Come learn how to track animals found in the forest. Learn how tracks are cast, and make your very own. After creating your animal track, a naturalist will guide you on a 20 minute walk around the grounds, searching for signs of animals, program runs continuously every  30 minutes. Fee $5.


The Discovery Center is located at 40971 North Shore Drive, Hwy 38 in Fawnskin, CA and offers naturalist-guided snowshoe fee-based tours on weekends, through early March 2018, on all successive Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are recommended; go to: Tours are dependent upon snow conditions; check website for updates.