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Chico Creek Nature Center

As the official Visitor Center of Bidwell Park, the Nature Center is a hub for fun, education, and wonder — all inspired by the outdoors!


In Bidwell Park at 1968 E. 8th Street, Chico, CA 95928 - Click here to map it! 


The Janeece Webb Living Animal Museum and Nature Play Room | Due to School Field Trips season we are open Saturday-Sunday, 10:00AM- 1:00PM. Please check our website for updates.

  • Admission is $2.00 for children/ seniors and $4.00 for adults

Kristie's Nature Lab and Howard S. Tucker Exhibit Hall | For programs and by reservation

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Nature ABC's

Nature ABC's is a time for families of children ages 0–5 to gather and enjoy an hour of fun free activities with our instructor. Join us Fridays from August 19th through December 16th for an animal visit, story time, singing and dancing, an art project and a nature walk in our beautiful park. This program is offered free of charge through funding from First 5 Butte County.

Session 1
Fri | 8/19 - 12/16 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Ages 0-5
Session 2
Fri | 8/19 - 12/16 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM | Ages 0-5

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Nature School

Nature School is a first learning experience for kids ages 3-5, who are potty trained and ready for an experience away from their family. Nature kids get to visit live animals at the Nature Center, go on nature walks daily and practice nature identification along the way. We provide fun themes every two weeks. All units include play-based learning, healthy body movement like yoga and dancing, themed stories, songs, art projects, sensory exploration and sign language.

Option 1
M/W | Sep-May | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM | Ages 3-5
Option 2
T/Th | Sep-May | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM | Ages 3-5

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New Moon Night Hikes

Experience the night hike under the new moon giving us a better view of the stars as we walk across an oak woodland environment and traverse the open meadows under the beautiful evening sky. Join us for a hike in Upper Bidwell Park exploring unique nocturnal plant and animal adaptations, constellations, and astronomical events.

Sun | 9/25 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM | All Ages (with Adult)
Tues | 10/25 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM | All Ages (with Adult)
Wed | 11/23 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM | All Ages (with Adult)

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