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Chico Creek Nature Center

The Center serves as the official information and education center for Bidwell Park. Offering the public: park maps and directions, guided walks, family programs, camps and a chance to meet our collection of living animals. We are also a resource for regional schools, providing many standards aligned field trip options and professional development programs including Project WILD and Project Learning Tree for teachers and informal educators alike. The Center also affords many volunteer opportunities to the community as well as internships for local college students.

California Naturalist Certification Course
The California Naturalist course will immerse you in the wonders of natural history in the Big Chico Creek watershed, the foothills of the cascade mountains, the north valley, and the state as a whole. The 40 hour course offers presentations and discussions, field trips and project-based learning in the context of a science curriculum. It seeks to foster eco-literacy and a committed corps of naturalists and citizen scientists ready to take an active role in conservation, education, and restoration. We hope to inspire you to connect more deeply with the natural world.

2020 Dates & Times: March 24 to May 20, from 6:30-9:00 PM. More information about course schedule can be found here.

Due to concerns over Covid 19, this California Naturalist certification course has been postponed until further notice. We'll update all California Naturalist courses when new dates are determined. Postponed courses may already be partially-mostly full due to prior enrollment. Please contact the course coordinator at Caitlin Reilly (Course lead Instructor), creilly@chicorec.com, 530-815-5259 to be added to an interest list.

Registration: $390, $80 scholarship. Register online.

Contact: Please contact Caitlin Reilly (Course lead Instructor), creilly@chicorec.com, 530-815-5259 for more information and to inquire about the limited number of need-based scholarships.

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