The San Gorgonio Wilderness Association is a 501C(3) non-profit group dedicated to protecting the San Bernardino National Forest (Southern California), including the San Gorgonio Wilderness, and to serving the public visiting the forest. These services are provided through the generous donation of time by nearly 200 volunteers and contribution of funds by individuals who  enjoy our National Forest and Wilderness areas and wish to help protect these precious resources for use by themselves and future generations.

SGWA volunteers provide the following services:

  • Lead nature walks and programs.
  • Completely staff and manage the Barton Flats Visitor Center.
  • Staff the Mill Creek Ranger Station – issuing permits and information.
  • Patrol trails throughout the forest and wilderness to assist visitors, clean up litter and illegal fire rings, and call in emergency medical care.
  • Construct and maintain trails throughout the forest.

Each year SGWA volunteers donate over 27,000 hours and have contact with over 100,000 visitors, remove several hundred trees from the trail and provide 60 nature talks and programs.

How Can I Help?
By becoming a Volunteer Ranger

Important note: The Volunteer Program is best suited to local California residents as neither the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association or the United States Forest Service offer room and board or stipends for volunteers in the program. Additionally, volunteers will need transportation to commute between their residence and the place of volunteer duty.

By becoming a contributing member and making a much needed and tax-deductible donation. Any contribution is appreciated and will help us continue our valuable work.

By making payroll deductions through Earth Share of California – the world’s leading environmental and conservation charities working together.Through Earth Share you can make a payroll deduction donation that helps to preserve and protect the environment – locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. And you can choose to help specific organizations such as the SGWA. Earth Share not part of your employer’s workplace giving campaign? The SGWA would like to help you with that. Call Valerie Silva at 909-382-2906 or send an e-mail to sgwa@earthlink.net.

By shopping through the GoodShop and by searching the web through GoodSearch. The SGWA receives a percentage of all purchases originated as click-through’s from this site; this is at NO additional cost or effort to you. It’s no different than shopping online or searching the web like you normally would.

By shopping through smile.amazon.com and choosing to support the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association. Amazon makes a .5% donation to SGWA when you shop through their Smile program – just like shopping at Amazon as you would normally. No matter the method of giving you choose, the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association values your effort and greatly thanks you for your support. Together we can help preserve and protect the San Gorgonio Wilderness for generations to come.