Care For Big Bear

Our Mission

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

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, graffiti, and wear on the natural environment.

We are better together, and Care For Big Bear aims to mitigate unwanted impacts through this 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. Learn more about Leave No Trace.
  • 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.
Litter left on the shores of Big Bear Lake. Care For Big Bear

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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Shoreline Cleanup

Care For Big Bear hosted their first ever community cleanup event in August 2021. The cleanup efforts stretched from Stanfield Cutoff to the Dam with the help of Big Bear Mountain Resort. We thank all the volunteers who came out to spend their Saturday morning clearing away litter from the shorelines. Numerous bags were hauled away including discarded piping, plastic siding, lawn chairs, shoes, fishing line and more.


Better Together

Care For Big Bear partnered with local business, Nativescapes on a trash cleanup initiative for the 2021 winter season. Marty Murie, the owner of Nativescapes, lead the cleanup project with his crews performing daily sweeps throughout the Valley.

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

Community Projects

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!

Recycle Your Sleds

Big Bear's Leoco Fence Co. a lead a plastic sled collection project. Sledders were invited to bring their broken or unwanted plastic sleds to the Big Bear City location to be recycled.

Leoco Fence Co:
501 W. Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear City, CA