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


Volunteering at Chico Creek Nature Center

The Chico Creek Nature Center offers valuable work experience for people who are interested in animal care, museum services, or environmental education. Many of our volunteers are home-schooled students, retired people, and college students. If you are interested in volunteering please refer to the positions we have available below.

Volunteer Incentive Program

We offer gifts at volunteer service benchmarks.
1) 30 Hours: Chico Creek Nature Center T-shirt, hat, or mug
2)    60 Hours: special gift and certificate
3)    120 Hours: name engraved and added to The Golden Ferret Plaque, a Certificate of Excellence and a year membership to the Chico Creek Nature Center.
4)    500 Hours: a plaque engraved with your name acknowledging your hard work and dedication.                 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Docent

We are looking for Park knowledgeable individuals to staff Howard S. Tucker Hall and Kristie’s Nature Lab. The Chico Creek Nature Center docent service is an easy and great means to promote stewardship of Bidwell Park, meet the community, and learn more about the natural history of the area. We need your help as we expand services through the new exhibit hall and classroom. A short 45 minute training session will be provided prior to volunteering. No opening or closing required. A CCNC staff member will always be available for assistance. The following shifts are currently available Friday through Sunday: Shift #1- 11:00am to 1:30pm; Shift #2- 1:30pm to 4:00pm.

Animal Caretaker Assistant

As an animal caretaker volunteer you will assist our Animal Care Technician with feeding, cleaning, and exercising our live animals, which include raptors, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and birds. Currently, we have over 20 different animals who reside at the Nature Center.

We are currently seeking a volunteer maintenance assistant to help out on a regular basis.

Group Volunteer Projects

Bear's Lair bench repair

Picnic table painting/repair

Outdoor drinking fountain repair

Interactive exhibit setup

Interpretive signs/ brochure for Native Plant Garden

For more information on these volunteer opportunities, please contact the CCNC at (530) 891-4671 or info@bidwellpark.org.