Homeschool Nature Immersion/ STEM Program

Animals   *   Science  *   Exploration

Let your child experience the wonder of Bidwell Park!

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Tuesdays and/or Thursdays

11am to 3pm

4 sessions throughout the school year

Homeschool Nature Immersion runs 9/6/16 to 4/13/17.

6 week sessions are:
9/6 to 10/14
10/17 to 12/9
1/9 to 2/16
2/21 to 4/13

No class 11/1, 11/10, 11/21 to 11/25, 12/12 to 1/6, 3/14 to 3/17, and 4/3 to 4/7.

NOTE: Sessions with “no class” dates still provide 6 in class days.



Location:  In the heart of Bidwell Park, at the Chico Creek Nature Center.

1968 E. 8th Street Chico, Ca 95928 – (530) 891-4671


This offering is through the Thrive Homeschool Program. Pricing is in levels which include subject specific academic or enrichment classes offered before and/or after the Nature Immersion Program.

We, also, offer drop in cards for $125 for 4 drop in visits. Drop in visits should still be scheduled in advance to ensure proper staffing.




Registration: Convenient, Online Registration.

If you are paying with a PO you must stop by The Nature Center or CARD to register.




Program Overview: The Chico Creek Nature Center, located in the heart of Bidwell Park, presents nature education classes for homeschoolers in K-6th grades. The program provides hands-on natural science labs, up close animal visits, outdoor games, arts and crafts, and guided exploration of the park.

We use curriculum from Project Wild and Growing Up Wild to meet state standards in science, literacy, math, art and STEM.

Project Wild



Bring/Wear:       To ensure a GREAT experience students should bring or wear the following:

Large Packed Lunch and Snack Students get very hungry throughout the day.
Closed Toe Shoes No sandals, flip flops, etc.
Layered Clothing The temperature can change a lot throughout the day.
Sunscreen Please send your child with sunscreen and apply sunscreen before they arrive. Staff will remind them to re-apply as needed throughout the day.
Bug Repellent Staff will remind them to apply if needed.
Water Bottle
Extra Outfit as needed We recommend items come in a backpack for safe keeping. Campers will have use of cubbies to store their items. Please label all items brought to camp.

Sign In/Out: For the safety of your children we ask they you sign them in and out every day. Please be prepared to show a photo ID at pick up. Only named parents and authorized pick ups will be allowed to pick up. If you need to have someone else pick up please revise your registration online or contact us.

Late Pick Up Fee: Please pick up at your scheduled time. We charge $1 per minute late.



Registration and Payment:

We are a vendor for all local homeschool charters. Simply request a Purchase Order from your ES (homeschool teacher). Once you have the PO you may register at CARD or The Nature Center during our respective open hours.

Private Funds: Register here and pay via debit/credit card or come in to CARD or The Nature Center during our respective open hours to pay by check or cash.


(530) 828-9288

Cyndi Pereira, Camp Name: Mother Nature, Director of Thrive, Assistant Director of the Nature Center

Kate VonMosch, Camp Name: Pollywog, Director of Homeschool Programs 

Payment/ PO Policy: Families who register and attend take full responsibility for the payment of these courses. If, for any reason, we are unable to collect on a PO, or purchase agreement, you will be required to cover the cost and/or difference.

Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

At the Chico Area Recreation and Park District, we are constantly striving to provide you with quality recreation programs.  We are confident that you will like these programs…so confident that we will ensure our promise to provide that high quality.  If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with the quality of our programs or instructors, we encourage you to contact us immediately so we can work to resolve your concern and improve the quality of our programs for all participants.  If you are not completely satisfied, contact us and we will arrange for you to do one of the following:

1.       Repeat the program at no charge.

2.       Receive full credit that can be applied to any other program.

3.       Receive a full refund.

Currently, this guarantee applies to all of our programs except Adult Leagues, Facility Rentals, Trips and Tours, and all grant/scholarship funded programs.  These programs have specific policies that apply.  Your complete satisfaction with these programs is equally valued, and we will work with you to resolve your concerns.

To receive a credit, repeat a program, or obtain a refund, please contact us in writing, by phone, by email, or in person.  Requests must be made within ten (10) business days after the last program meeting.  Your receipt, cancelled check or proof of I.D. may be required.  Refund checks will be processed within fifteen (15) business days.

Cancellation Policy

In the event CARD needs to cancel a class or program due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or any other unforeseen circumstance, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee.  We understand that unexpected circumstances may also arise resulting in a need for you to withdraw from a class or program.  If so, please notify us prior to the first day of the class, and you will receive a full refund.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of some of the programs, there are exceptions.  Please refer to the program for additional information and exceptions.  Requests for refunds or transfers made be made in person, by email or by phone.  Your receipt, cancelled check or proof on identification may be required.  Refund checks will be processed within fifteen (15) business days.


In Bidwell Park at 1968 E 8th Street, Chico, CA, 95928 – – phone (530) 891-4671 – fax (530) 891-0837