Sierra Club Big Bear Group

Sierra Club of Big Bear Monthly Meeting Schedule

(3rd Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

Open to Members and the General Public

Held at:   The Discovery Center
                    40971 N. Shore Drive, Fawnskin, CA 92333
                    (909) 382-2790

Date: April 16, 2015
Topic: The Secrets to Successful Gardening in Big Bear

Presenters: Marvin Cira, a master gardener and a resident of Big Bear Valley for more than twenty years, and Fran Wyman, an obsessive gardener, and past President of Big Bears Garden Club will provide the secrets on being a successful gardener. Plus, they be available to answer gardening questions. Each attendee will receive a free bag of compost.

FREE PARKING AND ADMISSION. Refreshments will be served.

Sierra Club Mission Statement
The Sierra Club's members are more than 750,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The club is America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

Our Mission Statement

1. Explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.
2. Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources.
3. Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
4. Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

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July 18, 2015
13th Annual Xeriscape Garden Tour

The annual Xeriscape Garden tour is the perfect opportunity to get ideas, discover plants that can survive in our mountain weather conditions. Participants begin the FREE self-guided tour anytime between 9 am and noon starting at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery, located at 41223 Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake, across the street from the Denny’s Restaurant. Once registered, participants will have until 4:00 pm to complete the driving tour of the homes in Big Bear Valley.

The 2015 tour will include the DWP’s Xeriscape Demonstration Garden on Fox Farm Road, in front of the Community Garden with native plant expert Orchid Black on hand to answer questions about the myriad of solutions available to the homeowner who wants to create a beautiful, colorful, drought tolerant landscape. In addition to the Demonstration Garden, there will be 7 homeowner gardens, landscaped by professionals and homeowners.

A tour booklet will be handed out at Eminger’s Nursery and includes the locations of 8 stops, a map and helpful information on gardening in the mountains. Docent/guide will be on hand at each of the homes to explain the ins and outs of creating a beautiful landscape and conserving water at the same time. For additional information on the Xeriscape Garden Tour contact Christie Walker at 909-547-2237.


Click link below for printable flyer
2015 Xeriscape Garden Tour Information

Photos of past tours can be found at

Big Bear Xeriscape Garden Tour Photos

2015 Big Bear Groups College Scholarship Program

By Marv Cira, Treasurer

Starting in April 2015, we will begin our solicitation within the Big Bear School system to identify worthy high school seniors to receive our $1000 college scholarship award. Our selection of a worthy student will be based on several criteria, including:

  • Personal academic performance
  • Demonstrated in-school leadership
  • Submission of environmental paper containing 500 words that relates to “What can be done to improve the environment in the Big Bear Valley”

The managing board of the Sierra Club Big Bear Group will review all applications submitted. Upon review, the Board will select the most worthy student. Our final student selection will be announced by the end of May 2015.

If you would like to make a donation to the Educational Scholarship Fund, you may send your donation to:

The Sierra Club, Big Bear Group Attn: Marv Cira, Treasurer P.O. Box 3048 Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Marv Cira
Marv Cira


Sierra Club Hike Leader
April 2015
Have you considered becoming a Sierra Club Hike Leader? Do you like people, do you enjoy nature and hiking on the trails of Big Bear? If you believe that you might enjoy a leadership role, we will train you to become an effective Hike Leader. Long distance hiking is NOT required. We need a local individual to take adventurous, nature loving people on local hiking trails of distances of 2 to 5 miles. Lead hikes once a month or once a week that is up to you. For more information or to explore the possibilities of becoming a Sierra Club Hike Leader, please contact Ed Caliendo, Outings Chair at (442) 242-4103.

2015 A Look head for the Big Bear Group
by Outings Chair, Ed Caliendo

Ed Caliendo

Current Hike Schedule

Click Here Introduction to Hiking

Click Herefor a list of upcoming March and April Sierra Club Big Bear Group Hikes.

Click Herefor a list of upcoming May and June Sierra Club Big Bear Group Hikes.

Click Here for the 2015 Section B Pacific Crest Trail hike schedule.

Click Here for the 2014 Section D Pacific Crest Trail hike schedule.

Click Here for the Five Peaks of Big Bear Awards Program and hike schedule

Also check out the Mountaintop Hiking Club website for Big Bear Area hikes at
: Mountain Top Hiking

Be sure to visit the Sierra Club storefor lots of wonderful things.

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An important message from Big Bear’s Group Chairperson – Ed Caliendo

Our College Scholarship Fundraiser Program

Through advanced education, our children gain knowledge that they can apply to become successful, independent adults and worthy citizens of our society. In support of that goal, the Big Bear Group is undertaking a series of College Scholarship Fundraiser activities throughout 2015.

We have teamed up with successful, thoughtful merchants such as; El Pollo Loco, Maggio’s Pizza, McDonalds, Old County Inn, and Sonora Cantina restaurants to conduct special fundraising activities. Our gratitude and many thanks go out to such fine establishments.

Our first fund raising effort will be conducted on Wednesday, April 29th in combination with El Pollo Loco. So have lunch or dinner at El Pollo Loco, located at 41385 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake on Wednesday, April 29th. You will be automatically contributing to the College Scholarship Fund and helping a worthy student.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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P.O.Box 3048
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Chair Person - Ed Caliendo
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Secretary: Ellen Kesler

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Treasurer: Marv Cira
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Conservation Chair: Ed Wallace

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Outings Chair: Ed Caliendo

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Membership Chair: Ellen Kesler

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Members at Large: Claudia Eads, Don Jordan and George D. Watson-Jones

Pebble Plain

Conservation Report – Spring Update!

Good things continue to happen in Big Bear regarding the preservation of endangered species habitat on private land!

In 2015, the Big Bear Group will continue to participate in the development of the trail along the Rathbun Creek corridor and the continued advancement of the development of the Pebble Plain Wildlands Park between Moonridge and Sugarloaf. These projects, when completed, will conserve pristine pebble plains and rehabilitate the riparian habitat along the creek. In addition, the Wild land Park will serve as an outdoor science center for the students of the Big Bear School system. It will also provide potential research opportunities for university students and both projects will expand the outdoor recreation activities available in the Big Bear Valley.

There is more good news regarding the preservation efforts of a multitude of organizations in the Big Bear Valley.

The wetlands along Route 18 where the old outdoor movie theater and real estate office were located has been purchased by the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust with funds from both the federal and state Departments of Fish and Wildlife. This purchase will protect, for all time, the wetland habitat contained on this property and the endangered and rare plant species that call this property “home”. The old real estate building will be turned into an outdoor education center for the students in the Big Bear Valley school system. In addition, the wetland acreage on the other side of Route 18 is in escrow to be purchased by the Land Trust with funding from federal and state Departments of Fish and Wildlife. This purchase, when completed, will add significant acreage to the wetland protection effort.

Join the Fun Both of these projects are in serious need of major volunteer efforts. Specific workdays will be advertised to those on our Constant Contact list. Outside of these workdays, there are many small projects that need to be accomplished. We achieve something almost every week. If you have some spare time, and would be interested in working with a dedicated group of volunteers, please give me a call at, 909.584.9407, or email me at;

Ed Wallace
Conservation Chair
Ed Wallace


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