School Program

School Field Trips are on hold due to Covid 19 retrictions

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 or Arnie Michels at

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.