Welcome to the Chico Creek Nature Center, the gateway and official information center for Bidwell Park.

Science Education Field Trips

Bidwell Park provides an excellent and accessible opportunity to teach valuable lessons on the natural world and the need for stewardship of the environment. For over thirty years, the Chico Creek Nature Center has provided quality science education to elementary school students and the general public, using the natural systems of Bidwell Park as a classroom. Our staff naturalists bring academic backgrounds in life sciences to programs aligned with standards established by the California public school system. These popular and informative programs draw classes from five surrounding school districts and provide an excellent opportunity for teachers to add value to their curriculum.

Our K-6 Field Trip Brochure, updated for the 2013-2014 school year, features programs developed to meet California state standards for the grades listed for each program. We also have a program brochure for a variety of Kindergarten and Preschool programs that can be booked by teachers for their classes. Check the calendar for preschool programs for families. Interested groups should call the Nature Center to reserve programs (891-4671). Bookings for late spring programs should be made well in advance.

Prices for the 2013-14 school year are: 30 Minutes—$50; 60 Minutes—$80; 90 Minutes—$110.

photograph of Kristie’s Nature Lab

Kristie’s Nature Lab opened in March 2010 to serve our education programs.

Current Program Offerings

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