Sierra Club Big Bear Group


(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

Discovery Center


May 21, (Thurs), Presenter: U.S. National Forest Ranger, Marc Stamer to review the status of our surrounding forest and what is being done to prevent forest fires in the Big Bear area.

June 18, (Thurs) , Presenter: Reggie Lamson General Manager of Big Bear Lake Water Department to review the source of water in Big Bear Valley.

July 16, (Thurs) , Presenter: A one-hour film on Nature "See the largest Caves in the world"

August 20, (Thurs), Presenter: Ed Wallace, Sierra Club, A colorful presentation of the "High Sierra Trail"

September 17, (Thurs), Presenter: L.J. Foster, Biologist, A Nature Walk in the Woods, learn about the trees, plants, earth, and rocks.

October 15, (Thurs), Presenter: Dani Ortiz, Biologist, "Bats" Learn about these strange manuals that fly in the night. Gifts for the children.

November 19, (Thurs), Presenters: Ed Wallace and Marv Cira of the Sierra Club, A Jack Frost Feast

December 17, (Thurs), No meeting, closed for the Christmas holidays

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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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

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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 High School College Scholarship Awarded

On June 1, Marvin Cira, Big Bear Group’s Treasurer presents our $1000 College Scholarship Fund award to James DeGree graduating Big Bear High School Senior. James plans to attend the University of California Santa Cruz to earn a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology.

During his time at Big Bear High School, James spent four years Music playing the violin. Three years in Track and Field, and became a Senior Patrol Leader earning the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

James maintained a 4.21 Cumulative GPA placing him 9th in his class of 172 students.

Below is a photo of James DeGree, his proud mother, Becky DeGree, and our Big Bear Group Scholarship Chairperson, Marvin Cira.

James DeGree


Sales and Marketing Staff

We are looking for a volunteer interested in providing sales and marketing support.

Can you help our memberships grow and our fundraiser programs be more successful? Do you have experienced in social media?

For more information or to explore the possibilities of adding support to our marketing efforts, please contact Ed Caliendo, Group 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 September and October Sierra Club Big Bear Group Hikes.

Click Herefor a list of upcoming November and December Sierra Club Big Bear Group Hikes.

Click Here for the 2015 Section B 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

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

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 next college scholarship fundraiser will be Wednesday, May 20th. Please join us at the Old Country Inn, for an ALL YOU CAN EAT spaghetti dinner. The cost is only $6.99 with the proceeds going to the Big Bear High School College Scholarship Fund. Stop in for lunch and dinner and enjoy either a Marinara or meat sauce spaghetti dinner.You will be automatically contributing to the College Scholarship Fund and helping a worthy student.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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


Please click on the link below to view the Sierra Club's position on protecting forest Communities like Big Bear:


Environmental Fact Sheets

Sierra Club Mountains Group

The Climate Project

Zero Waste Communities

Compact Flourescent Light Bulb Information

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