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Forest Festival celebrates forest life Aug. 21 at Barton Flats Visitor Center

Smoky Bear greets a visitor at the 2019 Forest Festival

     The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barton Flats Visitor Center, located on State Highway 38 about seven miles east of Angelus Oaks. The family-friendly festival is free and open to the public. Snacks and beverages will be available, and live music by SGWA volunteers will be presented beginning at 11 a.m.

     Visitors will have opportunities to use a crosscut saw to create a “tree cookie,” which will then be branded with U.S. Forest Service and Smokey Bear logos; pan for gold; operate remote-controlled OHV Jeeps; explore their creative side with nature crafts; learn what it takes to serve on a search-and-rescue team; hear what various outdoor and conservation groups do to protect our natural resources; and visit with members of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, who patrol and maintain trails in the San Gorgonio and Cucamonga wilderness areas, and provide interpretive programs.

    Smokey Bear will make appearances throughout the day, and SGWA volunteers will lead nature walks around the visitor center.

    SGWA is a nonprofit organization that works with the U.S. Forest Service to protect the forest in and around the San Gorgonio Wilderness and Cucamonga Wilderness, and educates the public about this natural resource. Every year SGWA volunteers donate thousands of hours to the San Bernardino National Forest in a variety of activities, including interacting with the public on wilderness trails and at interpretive programs, clearing fallen trees that block trails and repairing damaged trail tread, removing illegal fire rings in wilderness areas, and measuring and collecting data on wilderness trails.      For more information about the Forest Festival or the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association please call the association at (909) 389-9650, or use the contact form on this website.

July 3 Ranger Talk – Bears, Bears, Bears

Bear and cubs

Ranger Talks!

Ranger Talks are back! Every Saturday night, 7:30 to 8:30 pm at the Greyback Amphitheater, about 1.5 miles east of the Barton Flats Visitor Center on Hwy 38. Programs are free with hot chocolate and coffee (your generous donations are welcome and appreciated), plus candy and snacks available for purchase. Bring warm clothing. You can find the schedule on our Ranger Talks page.

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Spring! Despite the recent snowfall, spring will be here before we know it and everyone will be thinking about hitting the trails.

This year, why not volunteer with the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association? Our volunteers staff the Mill Creek Ranger Station info desk as well as the Barton Flats Visitor Center, present the interpretive programs at Greyback Amphitheater on weekend evenings, do trail maintenance and assist day hikers as well as overnight campers.

Annual training will take place on Saturday May 16th. You can send in your application here: Volunteer Application

Banff Film Festival Lineup

Don’t forget the Banff Film Festival coming up on Feb 27 and 28! There are different films each night.

Thursday night’s lineup: Good Morning; Surfer Dan; Safe Haven; Into the Canyon; Siblings; Electric Greg; Thabang; Chasing Monsters; Life of Pie; and Hors PIst.

On Friday: The Motivator; Camel Finds Water; Home; Return to Earth; Circle of the Sun; A Nordic Skater; The Imaginary Line; The Flip; REEL ROCK 13: Up To Speed; and Danny Daycare.

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June 22, Ranger Talk: Kids and Wilderness PLUS Afternoon Nature Talk

Saturday June 22 is our weekly Nature Talk at Barton Flats Campground, 2:00 p.m. See us at the host site then and after dinner, come for the Ranger Talk!

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June 15 Ranger Talk – Rattlesnakes