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Care For Big Bear

Preserve Our Natural Playground!

Care for Big Bear is a new and ongoing campaign presented by Visit Big Bear to empower our community through the cooperation of our loved and respected locals and loyal visitors.

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Our Mission

This is a lifelong agreement between Big Bear locals and visitors. This is our call to action for all who love Big Bear to preserve, protect and unify our natural playground for future generations to enjoy. Through education, motivation and awareness we all unite to Care for Big Bear on an endless scale. When we work together to Care for Big Bear, we vow to Care for our community, Appreciate our natural environment, Respect our neighbors and Enjoy our valley together.

Our Story

Our little mountain town has seen an incredible boom in popularity and prosperity thanks to the hard work of our local entrepreneurs, second homeowners, dedicated employees, and eager visitors. With this boom comes the negative side effects of increased traffic, noise, litter, and wear on the natural environment.

Care For Big Bear aims to mitigate these impacts through a collective movement to:

  • Pack It In, Pack It Out - Whether you're hiking the trails or shredding the slopes, be sure any and all trash is packed away to avoid littering the environment.
  • Know Before You Go - Review and abide by current restrictions and safety precautions pertaining to camping, campfires, wildlife, hunting & fishing, and travel.
  • Leave No Trace - Preserve the natural environment by sticking to trails and designated roads and campsites to prevent the breakdown of the landscape.
  • Take Nothing But Pictures - Take all the photos you like, but leave all rocks, plants, wildlife, and natural materials, and historical landmarks as is.
  • Remember the Golden Rule - Always treat others with respect. From driving on mountain roads, to vacationing in the Valley, and from following business safety guidelines, to staying home when you're ill, make your decisions in the best interest of the community and those within it.

Better Together

Care For Big Bear has partnered with local business, Nativescapes on a trash cleanup initiative for the 2021 winter season.

Care For Big Bear supports and encourages positive community action to Preserve our Natural Playground.

Marty Murie, owner of Nativescapes, will be leading the cleanup project now through April 1st. His crews will be performing daily sweeps throughout the Valley.

Their first cleanup was January 8th and included the areas between the Dam and Castle Rock to Stanfield Cutoff.

Nativescapes crews will continue to clean up trash each week around the Valley, including City, MWD and USFS recreation areas.

Funding for the campaign is provided by Visit Big Bear, the local destination marketing non-profit, who is taking an active role in addressing tourism impact mitigation posed by tourist traffic in the Valley.

Big Bear Lake FAQs

Dumpster Locations

Dumpsters can be found at the following locations in the Valley. If you find a dumpster or trash can that is full or overflowing, kindly take your trash to a Clean Bear Site or dispose of it at your accommodations.

  • Juniper Point Picnic Area
  • Aspen Glen Picnic Area
  • Woodland Trailhead
  • Cougar Crest Trailhead
  • Alpine Pedal Path at Elementary School Crossing
  • East Public Boat Launch Ramp
  • City Public Parking Lots
  • The Civic Center Campus
  • Stanfield Cutoff

Public Restroom Locations

Public restrooms are located at:

  • Bartlett Public Parking Lot
  • Pennsylvania Public Parking Lot
  • Knickerbocker Public Parking Lot
  • Civic Center Campus
  • Rotary Park
  • Boulder Bay Park
  • Stanfield Cutoff
  • Cougar Crest Trailhead
  • Woodland Trailhead
  • Aspen Glen Picnic Area
  • Juniper Point Picnic Area
  • East Public Boat Launch Ramp

Parks & Rec Locations >>> Addresses & Info

  • Meadow Park (Big Bear Lake)
  • Ski Beach (Big Bear Lake)
  • Sugarloaf Park
  • Miller Park (Fawnskin)
  • Dana Point Park (Fawnskin)
  • Erwin Lake Park
  • Tennis Ranch (Erwin Lake)

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