Nature Immersion Family Programs 

Bring the whole family and enjoy guided walks in Bidwell Park with a Nature Center Naturalist.  


Find Your Way

It’s easy to find your way in the wilderness if you know a few tricks.  If you’ve ever thought that a compass in your pocket is a surefire guarantee to finding your way home, think again!  Learn how to use that compass to orient a map and negotiate a course using compass bearings and paces.  Then learn more simple tricks of navigation, like finding the North Star, or finding civilization when you’ve lost your way.  

Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center
Saturday | 4/120 | 5:00-10:00 PM     


Life by Moonlight: Night Hikes by Moon Phase

The moon affects more than just the ocean tides; it affects all living things.  Come discover Bidwell Park at NIGHT!  We’ve lined up night hikes to correspond to the different moon phases, so you can experience the full spectrum of the Park at night.  Which animals and birds are more active during the full moon as opposed to the new moon?  How is the night sky different?  How does the moon affect plant growth?  Join one of our certified naturalists and find out!  August (Full Moon); September (New Moon); October (Waxing Moon); December (Waning Moon)

Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center
Saturday | 1/19 | 8:000-9:30 PM
Saturday | 2/2 | 8:000-9:30 PM
Saturday | 3/16 | 8:000-9:30 PM
Saturday | 4/20 | 9:30-11:00 PM    .
Saturday | 5/18 | 8:30-10:00 PM             


Incredible Edible Plant Walks

There are so many plants in Bidwell Park that you could eat! Trying to learn them all can feel overwhelming.  Join one of our naturalists for an informative walk through the park, where we’ll focus on edibles!  We’ll talk about which parts of the plant are edible, and how best to prepare them.

Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center                    
Saturday | 3/16 |10:00-11:30 AM

Meet at Parking Lot E in Upper Bidwell Park                               
Saturday | 4/6 | 10:00-11:30 AM


Dead or Alive: Skulls & Furs

Looking at dead things can help you understand living things!  What does fox fur feel like?  How can an animal’s fur and teeth tell you about where it lives and what it eats?  Join one of our naturalists for a fun game of Guess That Critter and see if you can figure out which skull and which fur belong to what animal

Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center
Saturday | 1/19 | 10:00-11:30 AM


Bird Hike

The birds need us, and we need them.  California has one of the most diverse bird populations in the world, and our own Chico Creek is no exception.  Come for some crisp morning air and fantastic birding! Bring your binoculars and be prepared to learn a little about bird behavior, how to identify birds by sight and sound, and the impact of humanity on California’s bird populations.

Meet at Indian Fishery.
Saturday | 2/23 | 9:00-10:30 AM


Raptors Reborn

Not all dinosaurs went extinct. In this class, we’ll learn about the relationship between birds and dinosaurs, the evolution of feathers, and the many adaptations that make birds of prey some of the deadliest hunters alive today.  Join us for a look at carnivorous dinosaurs — past and present! 

Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center
Saturday | 3/23 | 10:00 -11:30am


Fire: Cause and Effect

Fire can be beneficial in many ways. This will be a class in two parts.  In one part, we’ll hike into Upper Park to look at the aftermath of the wildfire that burned through and talk about the importance of fire in California’s ecosystems.  In the second part, we’ll be meeting at the Council Fire Ring near Caper Acres and learning about how to build a fire using different materials.

Meet at Parking Lot E, Upper Bidwell Park
Saturday | 2/2 | 10:00-11:30AM

Meet at Council Fire Ring, Lower Bidwell PArk
Saturday | 5/18 | 10:00-11:30AM


Going Batty

Bat myths debunked!  Bats are some crazy cool creatures, though often misunderstood.  Come check out our bats and learn about how bat adaptations have allowed these little mammals to take over the night skies in the most beneficial way! 

Meet at Chico Creek Nature Center
Saturday | 3/2 | 10:00-11:30 AM