Big Bear Greenthumbs seek volunteers for 2017 Season


The U.S. Forest Service and our partner, the Southern California Mountains Foundation, in Big Bear are seeking volunteers of all ages who would enjoy working both in the forest and in a commercial-size greenhouse to benefit the Forest Service’s ecological restoration program.

For more than 20 years, volunteers in the Greenthumbs Program have restored disturbed lands across the San Bernardino National Forest. The volunteers work in the Native Plant facilities at the Mountaintop Ranger Station in Big Bear to grow and then plant thousands of native plants to improve habitat and watershed conditions across the Forest.

Volunteers learn native seed collection, cleaning and germination techniques, plant propagation, site preparation, direct seeding and out-planting of container plants. Volunteers also assist in the monitoring and maintenance of restoration sites which includes watering, weeding and mulching to promote restoration success.

How to get involved:

  • The third Saturday of each month (March through October) to conduct ecological restoration projects at the Mountaintop Ranger Station Native Plant Nursery and surrounding National Forest lands.
  • Greenthumb volunteer days are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 18; April 15; May 20; June 17; July 15; August 19; September 16 and October 21. September 23 is a National Public Lands Day event with lunch provided.
  • Project information and logistics are email to volunteers a week before the volunteer dates to those on our mailing list.
  • Volunteers meet at the flagpole on the left when you enter the Mountaintop Ranger Station at 41374 North Shore Drive, Highway 38 in Fawnskin, CA 92333. It is a quarter mile east of the Big Bear Discovery Center. On maps it is also shown as Big Bear Ranger Station and Fawnskin Ranger Station so don’t be confused. The big sign out front says Mountaintop Ranger Station.
  • For all days, please bring lunch, water, hat and sunscreen. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Please contact Deveree Kopp at or call (909) 382-2831 to confirm attendance to the volunteer days or to request to be added to our mailing list.

For additional information, please check out our website (which will be updated with current dates soon)