Field Trip Offerings

Bidwell Park provides an excellent and accessible opportunity to teach valuable lessons of the natural world and the need for stewardship of the environment. For over thirty years the Chico Creek Nature Center has provided quality educational programs on the natural systems of Bidwell Park to elementary school students and the general public, using Bidwell Park as a classroom. Our staff Naturalists bring academic backgrounds in 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.

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Prices for the 2015-16 school year are: 30 Minutes—$70; 60 Minutes—$100; 90 Minutes—$140.

Our K-6 Field Trip Brochure  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.

* Please note that prices are now $70 for a 30 minute program.

Call (530) 891-4671 for more information or to book your field trip today!

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.

The Chico Creek Nature Center – 1968 E 8th Street, Chico, CA, 95928 –  info@bidwellpark.org – phone (530) 891-4671 – fax (530) 891-0837