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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! 

Seasonal Hours

The Janeece Webb Living Animal Museum and Nature Play Room | Saturday-Monday, 10am-1pm

  • 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 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. This program has zero screen time and is predominantly held outdoors. 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 and work on social emotional and school readiness skills. All units include play-based learning, healthy body movement like yoga and dancing, themed stories, songs, art projects, sensory exploration and sign language. We PLAY, we teach KINDNESS, and we truly nurture a love of NATURE!

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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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 January 13th through May 19th 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 | 9/2 - 12/16 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM | Ages 0-5
Session 2
Fri | 9/2 - 12/16 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM | Ages 0-5

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Owl Prowl

Join us at the Nature Center for a family friendly owl prowl. What a hoot! Kiddos will think like a scientist as we dissect owl pellets in the science lab and learn about native owl species in our area. Brush up on your night vision as we end the evening with an owl prowl around the Nature Center to look for our nocturnal, feathery friends. Don’t miss out, it’s going to be totally owlsome!

F | 2/10 | 6:00 PM | Ages: 5-12
F | 3/10 | 6:30 PM | Ages: 5-12
F | 4/14 | 8:00 PM | Ages: 5-12
F | 5/12 | 8:30 PM | Ages: 5-12

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New Moon Night Hikes

Experience the night sky 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 sparkling night sky. Join us for a hike in Upper Bidwell Park, as we explore unique nocturnal plant and animal adaptations, constellations, and astronomical events.

Sun | 2/19 | 6:30 PM | All Ages (with Adult)
T | 3/21 | 8:00 PM | All Ages (with Adult)
W | 4/19 | 8:30 PM | All Ages (with Adult)
F | 5/19 | 9:00 PM | All Ages (with Adult)

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