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Educational Trips & Activities

Self Guided Discovery Trip & Activity Resources

Educational trips and activities are a fun part of home schooling. As a home study focused charter school CORE is proud that our families have the amazing opportunity of integrating exploratory trips throughout our community into their daily lesson plans.

The ideas below were compiled by experienced teachers and parents and are aimed to help families use local resources to enrich their student's education, especially in the arts, sciences, and social studies. This list is far from a complete reference of the possibilities available. It is meant to inspire thought, creativity, and exploration.

Nature Ideas

Table Mountain Wildflowers
Self-guided tours or DFG organized group tours. Directions:From Oroville on Hwy 70, take exit 48 (Grand Ave.). Follow Grand Ave. east for 1.0 miles to Table Mountain Blvd. Turn left for 0.2 miles, then right on Cherokee Rd. Drive 6.3 miles on Cherokee Rd. to the unmarked parking area on the left (at a green cattle gate).

Snow Goose Festival
Annually in January: Workshops offer something for everyone. You can learn nature photography, sketching in nature, bird carving, how to record nature sounds, designing a garden for wildlife, and much more. Free nature activities are offered for children, as well as armchair adventures for the less hardy.

Bidwell Park
Bidwell Park is 3,670 acres (nearly 11 miles in length), making it one of the largest municipal parks in the United States.

Chico Creek Nature Center
It is the philosophy of the Chico Creek Nature Center that through increased knowledge and understanding, individuals will learn to protect and preserve our natural resources and, especially, Bidwell Park.

Feather River Nature Center
The Feather River Nature Center and Native Plant Park also provide benches, trails, and lies above the breathtaking backdrop of the Feather River.

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area & Visitor Center
Near the City of Oroville this lake offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, sail and power boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, boat-in camping, floating campsites and horse camping. Lake Oroville Visitor Center has a museum, exhibits, videos and a store. The area includes the Feather River Fish Hatchery, built by the Department of Water Resources to replace lost spawning areas for salmon and steelhead. Displays on the State Water Project and the area's natural and cultural history are featured at the Visitor's Center.

Feather River Fish Hatchery
Visitation hours are from 8:00 a.m. to sunset: School classes and the public can visit the hatchery year round, but the artificial spawning operation occurs only on specified weekdays during September through mid-November

Gateway Science Museum
The mission of the Gateway Science Museum is to inspire the exploration of science and natural history in our region and beyond.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a fun, non-profit 300-acre gathering place featuring the Sundial Bridge, a museum, forestry & wildlife center, arboretum and botanical gardens. At the gateway to the Sacramento River Trails, Turtle Bay celebrates far Northern California as part of the world we share.

Feather Falls - Plumas National Forest
Feather Falls National Scenic Trail offers you an incredible view of Bald Rock Dome, Bald Rock Canyon, and the 640-foot waterfall, Feather Falls.

Japanese Garden at Billie Park
This is a "city park" but has a nature trail that leads out to a "look-out point" where you will see beautiful views of Butte Creek Canyon aka The Little Grand Canyon. It is a "short" hike but the views are fantastic.


Paradise Aquatic Park
Paradise Recreation & Park Dept.
5600 Recreation Drive
Paradise, CA 95969
Phone: 530-872-6393

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to smoking fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to mold the land. Lassen Volcanic offers opportunities to discover the wonder and mysteries of volcanoes and hot water for visitors willing to explore the undiscovered.

Ishi Wilderness, Red Bluff
One of the lowest elevation Forest Service Wilderness Areas in the continental United States, the rugged topography of the Ishi Wilderness Area offers solitude, unique scenery and strenuous hiking. Steep canyons carved by mountain creeks rushing over ancient volcanic rocks dominate the landscape and are home to a great diversity and abundance of wildlife.

The Gridley Historical and Wildlife Museum
The Gridley Museum houses many wonderful artifacts depicting old time Gridley. Among the hundreds of photographs, many different facets of history are represented, from military uniforms worn by local war veterans to old school desks. The school desks are located in the old fashioned schoolroom, which features the old time bell which was located at Wilson School. The museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm and the second and fourth Saturdays from noon to 3 pm.

Sutter Buttes
The Middle Mountain Interpretive Program hikes and events provide access to the privately-owned Sutter Buttes valleys, hillsides, and peaks. Guides share its unique origin and history and examine with you a natural ecology that has become increasingly rare in our time. The different hikes and diverse guides each offer a singular experience in the Buttes. The hikes are offered most weekends from late October through mid-May, in two seasons and require pre-registration. The Middle Mountain Education Program has developed curriculum standards-based hikes to enhance classroom lessons in geology, ecology, and biology, as well as local history.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
People of all ages enjoy visiting the wetlands. Gray Lodge's diversity and location along the Pacific Flyway make it a heaven for wildlife. Surrounded by miles of rich agricultural lands, this 9,200-acre area is managed for the wildlife that call Gray Lodge home for all or part of the year.

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Consolidated list of attractions and events throughout Butte County

101thingstodo.net
101 Things to do in the Butte County Area
Experience Butte County
Historical, cultural and outdoors activities abound in our county
Chico Area
Chico Chamber of Commerce ideas
Oroville Area
City of Oroville ideas
Red Bluff Area
Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce ideas
Gridley Area
Gridley Chamber of Commerce ideas

History Ideas:



Colman Museum and Centerville School House
Saturdays or Sundays
11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
13548 Centerville Rd
Chico, CA 95928

Honey Run Covered Bridge
1670 Honey Run Rd
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 895-1243
Park Hours: 9AM - 7PM

Clotilde Merlo Park
22 Retson Road
Stirling City, CA 95978
(530) 873-1658

National YoYo Museum
Bird in Hand
320 Broadway
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 893-0545

Bidwell Mansion
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park is a beautiful, three-story, 26 room Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell.

C. F. Lott Home in Sank Park
1067 Montgomery St
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone:(530) 538-2497

Chico Air Museum
170 Convair Ave
Chico,CA 95973
(530)345-6468

Chinese Temple & Museum
1500 Broderick St
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone:(530) 538-2496

Butte County Pioneer Memorial Museum
2332 Montgomery St
Oroville, CA
Phone: (530) 538-2497

Gold Nugget Museum
502 Pearson Road
Paradise, CA 95967
(530) 872-8722

William B Ide Adobe State Historic Park
21659 Adobe Rd
Red Bluff, CA 96080
phone: (530) 529-8599

Butte County Historical Society
The Butte County Historical Society Museum tells the stories of the lives of people in Butte County from the early mining days to the present time.

CSU Chico Anthropology Museum
The museum is located on the CSUC campus in the Meriam Library complex, next to the Janet Turner Museum

Art Ideas:



Performing Arts Center, Red Bluff
Red Bluff Performing Arts Centre (PAC) is a place where dreams are created and achieved, by valuing hard work, dedication, community, and creativity. We offer a wide variety of classes throughout the year, along with some seasonal options.

Paradise Performing Arts Center
The mission of the Paradise Performing Arts Center is to provide the community with a state-of-the-art facility for the staging of a variety of cultural and public events.

Laxson Auditorium
All Field Trip seats are $5/seat
By Phone: (530) 898-6333
Mail, or Walk Up:
University Box Office
Corner of 3rd & Chestnut Streets in Chico

City of Chico Art in Public Places Portfolio
The purpose of the City of Chico Art in Public Places Program is to expand the public experience with the visual arts, to promote the artistic and cultural development of the community, and to encourage the active participation of all citizens in making art a valuable aspect of their daily lives.

State Theater
1489 Myers Street
Oroville, CA
BOX OFFICE
(530) 538.2470

Orient and Flume Art Glass
Orient & Flume produces fine art glass for the collector. These signed pieces capture nature's inspiration in both iridescent and crystal clear glass.

The Janet Turner Print Museum at CSU Chico
400 West 1st Street
Chico, CA 95929-0820
(530) 898-4476


School Organized Trips & Activities

Activities and events will be announced via Blackboard email through the field trip coordinator. Because we are an independent study school, parents are responsible for providing supervision and transportation for every event.

School organized trips are part of the educational program that CORE provides students. No activity funds are required. Every effort will be made for families to receive 3 trips. One chaperone for family will also be free of charge. Other adults and younger siblings will have a small fee.

Again, parents provide transportation to and from every event and supervision is provided entirely by parents. The school is not responsible for students during events. Parents may individually coordinate transportation and supervision, but this is not the responsiblity of the school.

The request window for fieldtrip sign-ups will close on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. If you are interested in signing up for this semester's fieldtrips, please be sure to do so before the deadline.

Maidu Days
Activity date: November 6th, 2018       Time: 9:00 am       Duration: 3 hours
Recommended grade levels: 3-5

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: 502 Pearson Rd Paradise, CA 95969
Description: The Gold Nugget Museum was incorporated as Gold Nugget Days Inc. in 1973. Its mission is to preserve and protect the Ridge heritage through our collection and with community education programs.

The Museum depends upon volunteers to make this happen. These volunteers include the fifteen member board of directors, our executive director, operations director and curator, the docents who greet you and make you feel welcome, as well as the hundreds of volunteers who help with each of the Museum events.

Our goal is to make the Gold Nugget Museum a destination for tourists as well as for our Ridge community. We want families to come to the museum, not only to learn about the history of the Ridge, but also to become part of that history. There are many hands-on events, such as the Days of Living History, which the entire family can participate in. The Museum has a school program, which is part of the curriculum for California history. Children spend an entire day on the Museum grounds, living in the 1850s. They become part of the history that they have studied and come away with a greater understanding of what our ancestors went through to survive.

The Museum has a wonderful collection of Maidu Indian artifacts, including a replica of a Maidu woman grinding acorns. On the grounds, you will see a blacksmith shop, gold sluices and a miner's cabin, a schoolhouse and a covered bridge that spans the width of a rushing creek. These exhibits come alive during special events such as Gold Nugget Days, Days of Living History, Living History School Program and other special events during the year.

It is our hope that you will come see for yourself what a wonderful place the Gold Nugget Museum is.

For more information: http://www.goldnuggetmuseum.com/page/about

Chico Air Museum
Activity date: November 9th, 2018       Time: 9:30 am       Duration: 2 hours
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: 165 Ryan Ave Chico, CA 95973
Description: Mission Statement

The Chico Air Museum collects, preserves, documents and displays aircraft, and aviation and space artifacts. The museum’s primary purpose is to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and the history of flight. ​

What to bring:
good walking shoes

For more information: http://www.chicoairmuseum.org/

Cinderella -The Magic!, Chico State Performance
Activity date: November 16th, 2018       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 55 minutes
Recommended grade levels: 1-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico
Description: “Cinderella was magnificent!” - Chico Enterprise-Record

This behind-the-scenes Field Trip will introduce your students to one of the world’s iconic love stories, Cinderella. Cinderella is the magical tale of a plucky housemaid’s undying belief in happiness beyond her drudgery, and the transforming power of love. From the moment the lights dim, be prepared to be transported to a magical place filled with Prokofiev’s magical score, spectacular sets and costumes and wonderful comical choreography. In this 50-minute Field Trip, your students will get a glimpse of the behind the scenes, -- "how did they do that?" and the work that makes the magic of Cinderella happen.

Co-produced with Friends of Chico Community Ballet

What to bring:
N/A

For more information: http://www.csuchico.edu/upe/performance/fieldTrips/2017-2018/colors-of-symphony-fieldtrip.php

Sacramento Zoo -
Activity date: November 30th, 2018       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 4 hours
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: 3930 W Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822
Description: MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR ZOO DAY
Daily education programs are included with zoo admission and offer added-value experiences to your Sacramento Zoo visit. Check out the calendar below to see the programs happening.

WILDLIFE STAGE SHOWS
Join the animal ambassadors at the amphitheater for a fun, educational show hosted by our knowledgeable education staff. Stick around after the show for an up-close meet and greet with some of the animal stars.

KEEPER CHATS
Hosted at the exhibits, zookeepers are available to tell you facts and stories about your favorite animals, often accompanied with an enrichment for the animal.

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS
Education staff and volunteer zoo docents host an up-close encounter with an animal ambassador on the Reptile House lawn or in the zoo’s plaza. If the weather is inclement, find them in the Discovery Room.

EDZOOCATION STATIONS
Hosted by our dedicated volunteer zoo docents, experience feathers, skulls and other interactive biofacts while learning fun facts and listening to stories about the animals and nature. EdZOOcation stations are not regularly scheduled, but look for those docents in green!

ZOO TEEN ACTIVITY STATIONS
Especially for kids and kids-at-heart, our Zoo Teens host activity stations with interactive learning! From coloring and crafts, to jumping games and more, your wild child will have fun while exploring the animal world and environment. Zoo teen stations are not regularly scheduled but look for the “Free Activity” signs!

NATURE EXPLORERS
Join us and the Sacramento Library for Nature Explorers, an open play environment on the last Saturday of the month during January -September, anytime between 10 am to 2 pm. We will be reading stories, playing, and exploring the wonders of the natural world with a new topic each month.

LOOKING FOR MORE?
Visit our Attractions page for details on rides like the zoo train and Conservation Carousel, giraffe encounters (feed a giraffe!) and of course, animals!

What to bring:
good walking shoes

For more information: https://www.saczoo.org/

Believe: A Sneak Peek, Chico State Performance
Activity date: December 7th, 2018       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 55 minutes
Recommended grade levels: 1-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico
Description: Believe is an original production inspired by The Polar Express, created, produced, and directed by brother and sister team Jeff Schneeweis and Sarah Blakley. It’s a holiday-themed experience that takes a journey to the North Pole, presented in music and dance, and performed by local community dancers of all ages. Appearing for the sixth year, this local community production will ignite your senses, thrill your imagination and recall your faith — Believe!

What to bring:
N/A

For more information: https://www.csuchico.edu/upe/performance/fieldTrips/2018-2019/believe-sneak-peek-fieldtrip.php

Nutcracker - Northern California Ballet
Activity date: December 14th, 2018       Time: 12:00 am       Duration: 2 hours
Recommended grade levels: K-8(no younger siblings please)

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: Paradise Performing Arts Center 777 Nunneley Rd. Paradise, CA 95969
Description: The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892. Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. The complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season.

For more information: http://www.northerncaliforniaballet.com/upcoming-performances/

 

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