Care For Big Bear

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank

Big Bear has about 12,000 full-time residents throughout the valley. On average, 3,000,000 guests visit our destination each year, many for winter snow and skiing. Your vacation puts food on our tables and a roof over our heads. There’s virtually no business in Big Bear Lake that isn’t impacted by tourism spending. For that, we graciously thank you for considering a trip to our slice of paradise!

While you're here, please help us Care For Big Bear by following our Best Practices and Principals and considering one of the many ways you can volunteer or donate to Preserve Our Natural Playground.

A More Beautiful Valley, One Pound at a Time

In 2020, Care For Big Bear began a partnership with local landscapers NativeScapes on a trash cleanup initiative. Between December 2021 and February 2022, NativeScapes collected over 5,000 pounds of garbage from National Forest recreation areas. NativeScapes owner Marty Murie said most of the garbage is sled debris and small items like paper and food wrappers. While Care For Big Bear's partnership focuses on winter months, Murie continues the cleanup effort in the summer averaging 500 pounds of trash each month.

The Mountains Foundation's Urban Conservation Corp has recently started a Big Bear Valley centric crew that works weekly to clear litter from city parks, trail heads, picnic areas, and the like. They also have been supporting construction work of the soon-to-be-repaired Stanfield Boardwalk and route extension. The crew works with the City of Big Bear Lake to focus on areas in need of cleanup or repair and is another step forward in sustainability efforts in the valley.

Poppy Awards 2022 Winner of the Destination Stewardship & Sustainable Travel Award

Care For Big Bear was awarded the 2022 Poppy Award for Destination Stewardship & Sustainable Travel Award!

"The Visit California Poppy Awards are a biennial contest that honors the best and brightest of California tourism. Winners are selected by a panel of industry marketing experts, submissions are reviewed by Visit California staff and blind judged by industry committee leadership. This award recognized that even during the pandemic, some parts of California continued to see environmental and management pressure points due to large influxes of visitors. This category recognizes efforts to reset and create a balanced recovery — one that continues to deliver economic benefits but also addresses negative environmental and socio-cultural impacts."

Operation Porta-Potties & Dumpsters

Since 2020, Care For Big Bear has funded the installation of additional porta-potties and dumpsters throughout the Valley such as Forest Service parking lots, picnic areas, and other high traffic areas. Keep an eye out for the Care For Big Bear logo and pitch in by tossing your litter - and any you find - into these receptacles. Together we can keep Big Bear beautiful and sustainable for generations to come!

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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Volunteering & Conservation Programs

Learn how to contribute to conservation efforts and support sustainable tourism on our Get Involved page. Volunteer opportunities abound and anyone can be involved!

Community Projects

Better Together

Care For Big Bear has partnered with local business, Nativescapes for the third year in a row on a trash cleanup initiative for the winter season. Marty Murie, owner of Nativescapes, leads the cleanup project with his crews performing daily sweeps throughout the Valley.

The crew has been hitting popular areas like Aspen Glen picnic area, Snow Forest, and North Shore locations. They have also been clearing overflowing trash from dumpsters in town and educating visitors on the need for Adventure Passes and legal snow play.

Shoreline Cleanup

Care For Big Bear's latest community Clean-Up took place over the 2022 Thanksgiving weekend. We were thrilled to work with dozens of local and visiting volunteers in clearing away litter from the north shoreline and Sandlewood Rd areas. CFBB hosted their first ever shoreline cleanup in August 2021. The cleanup effort stretched from Stanfield Cutoff to the Dam with the help of Big Bear Mountain Resort and numerous volunteers.


Public Lands Day

Care For Big Bear partnered with the Southern California Mountains Foundation on a trash cleanup and trail work event for Public Lands Day 2021!

Local and visitor volunteers took time out of their Saturday to collect trash from community parks and participate in trail work at the Maple Hill Trail system. We thank these environmental heroes for being the positive change in our community!


National Trails Day

Care For Big Bear teamed up with the Southern California Mountains Foundation on National Trails Day for a trail clean-up initiative.

Four information kiosks offered trail users info on the Valley and free gifts to those who took a trash bag and returned it full from their walk along the trails.

Learn about the Southern California Mountains Foundation and all the programs they offer for eager volunteers year-round!