School Field Trips are on hold until Fall of 2022 or Spring of 2023. (Why: The Volunteers of the Angeles National Forest, having provided fieldtrip opportunities at the Grassy Hollow Visitor Center for over a decade, were requested to move 2 miles east to the historical Big Pines Information Center. We have moved our displays and are open to serve the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4 pm. We will be rebuilding our membership and adapting our fieldtrip program to the Big Pines setting as soon as possible.)
The volunteers offer programs for schools and youth groups during the week by appointment. Interested teachers/leaders should contact the Volunteers of the Angeles National Forest at VANF.firstname.lastname@example.org .
The program usually consists of:
1. An informal talk on the local preserved animals on display in the center,
2. A Hug-a-Tree program by Wrightwood Search and Rescue (how not to get lost in the forest and what to do if you do get lost),
3. A hike on the Big Pines Nature Trail, and
4. Access to the Big Pines Visitor Center, where we offer interactive and tactile exhibits, along with mounted animal specimens.
If a teacher has need of special emphasis based on classroom activity, we will try to accommodate that need. For younger children, we may be able to arrange a visit by Smokey Bear.