Serving in partnership with the United States Forest Service

Who Are We?

The San Gorgonio Wilderness Association is a non-profit group dedicated to protecting the San Bernardino National Forest (Southern California), including the San Gorgonio Wilderness (click here for vicinity map), and to serving the public visiting the forest. These services are provided through the generous donation of time by nearly 120 volunteers and contribution of funds by individuals who SGVA Annual Training for New Volunteersenjoy our National Forest and Wilderness areas and wish to help protect these precious resources for use by themselves and future generations. Contributions are used for patrol, program, and maintenance supplies; training of volunteers; and administration costs including postage, printing, and insurance.

With ever decreasing Forest Service funds and personnel, it has become more essential for SGWA volunteers to continue providing the following services:

  • Lead nature walks and programs.
  • Completely staff and manage the Barton Flats Visitor Center.
  • Patrol trails throughout the forest and wilderness to assist visitors, clean up litter and illegal fire rings, and call in emergency medical care.
  • Construct and maintain trails throughout the forest.

How can I help the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association?

There are several ways you can help the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association. How can you help?

1. By becoming a volunteer Ranger.

Important note: The Volunteer Program is best suited to local California residents as neither the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association or the United States Forest Service offer room and board or stipends for volunteers in the program. Additionally, volunteers will need transportation to commute between their residence and the place of volunteer duty.

2. By becoming a contributing member and making a much needed and tax-deductible donation. Any contribution is appreciated and will help us continue our valuable work.

3. By making payroll deductions through Earth Share of California – the world’s leading environmental and conservation charities working together.

Through Earth Share you can make a payroll deduction donation that helps to preserve and protect the environment – locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. And you can choose to help specific organizations such as the SGWA.

Earth Share not part of your employer’s workplace giving campaign? The SGWA would like to help you with that. Call Ted Schofield at 909-862-1089 or send an e-mail to him at

4. by shopping through the GoodShop and by searching the web through GoodSearch. The SGWA receives a percentage of all purchases originated as click-through's from this site; this is at NO additional cost or effort to you. It's no different than shopping online or searching the web like you normally would.

No matter the method of giving you choose, the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association values your effort and greatly thanks you for your support. Together we can help preserve and protect the San Gorgonio Wilderness for generations to come.