Field Trip and Classroom Visit 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.
Prices for the 2017-18 school year are: 30 Minutes—$70; 60 Minutes—$100; 90 Minutes—$140.
Interested groups should call the Nature Center Wednesday to Friday 11 am to 3 pm to reserve programs (891-4671). Bookings for late spring programs should be made well in advance.
Call (530) 891-4671 for more information or to book your field trip or classroom visit today!
- Acorn Investigations (90 min.)
- Nature Discovery Hike (60 or 90 min.)
- Aquatic Investigations (April-May) (90 min.)
- Birds of Bidwell Park (60 or 90min.)
- Creek Walk (30 or 60 min.)
- Geology Hike (90 min.)
- Habitat Hike (90 min.)
- Maidu Shelter Hike (90 min.)
- Meet the Animals (30 or 60 min.)
- Skull ID Lab (60 min.)
- Spring Wildflower Discovery (March-May) (90 min.)
- Survival (60 or 90 min.)
- Topography and Erosion (60 min.) **
- Wetlands Discovery (90 min.)
**Additional Fees apply
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.
In the event we need to cancel a program due to inclement weather, or any other unforeseen circumstance, you will receive a full refund of the program fee. We understand that unexpected circumstances may also arise resulting in a need for you to withdraw from a program. If so, please notify Chico Creek Nature Center’s front desk by phone or in person prior 3 pm the Friday before your program to reschedule or be refunded. Refund checks will be processed within fifteen (15) business days. In case of an emergency on the day of your program please refer to your confirmation e-mail for contact information.