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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

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101 Things to do in the Butte County Area
Experience Butte County
Historical, cultural and outdoors activities abound in our county
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Chico Chamber of Commerce ideas
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City of Oroville ideas
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Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce ideas
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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 Saturday, September 16, 2017. If you are interested in signing up for Fall semester fieldtrips, please be sure to do so before then.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Kids Funk and Hip-Hop
Activity date: October 18th, 2017       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 55 minutes
Recommended grade levels: K-5

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico
Description: Grammy Winner Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is the premier purveyor of family funk and half pint hip hop.
More Fraggles than Wiggles, more Soul Train than Thomas the Train, 23 Skidoo is equal parts Dr. Suess and Dr. Dre! His albums and shows are a cornucopia of creativity, mixing a wide spectrum of genres into multi instrumental, musically sophisticated, lyrically intelligent house party classics. With an authentic feel that resonates from packed park jams in the South Bronx to sold out shows at The Smithsonian, 23 Skidoo is the pioneer of positive family Hip Hop music.

What to bring:
N/A

For more information: http://www.csuchico.edu/upe/performance/fieldTrips/2017-2018/secret-agent23-skidoo-fieldtrip.php

Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary
Activity date: November 3rd, 2017       Time: 10:00 am       Duration: 2 hours
Recommended grade levels: K-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: 4995 Durham-Pentz Rd., Oroville, CA 95965
Description: The Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a remarkable variety of non-releasable, endangered, and exotic live animals. Each animal is housed in an enclosure that far exceeds state and federal regulations. To promote awareness on a local scale, the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary houses a variety of species, including representatives from all across the globe. Some of our native species include Mountain Lions, Bobcats, Coyotes, Foxes, Great Horned Owls and Hawks. Global representatives include African and Asiatic Leopards, Bengal and Siberian Tigers, Lions, Ligers, Servals, Lynx, Caracals, Snow and Clouded Leopards, and Ocelots. The Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to Coatimundis, Fennec Foxes, a Ring-tailed Lemur, a Wallaby, Black Bears, and an assortment of exotic birds and reptiles, including Burmese Pythons, an Alligator and an assortment of Tortoises.
A priority of the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary is to provide these animals with all they need to keep them not only healthy, but content as well. This involves giving them the best quality care, including daily exercise, attention, and the highest quality foods. In return these animals allow the public an awe-inspiring opportunity to witness first-hand their beauty and value as a natural part of the world’s ecosystems.
The Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary provides the community and Northern California with a valuable educational resource about our natural world and its varied inhabitants. Our non-profit organization is dedicated to education and conservation. Because our programs are approved through the university system, students have an opportunity to obtain units towards their degree. To further the mission of the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary, the organization offers both on-site and outreach educational programs led by one of our trained animal handlers and wildlife experts. Our Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary offers eight levels of education in nine languages, including working with the hearing impaired. We are the first facility to provide this benefit to the community. The staff of the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary shares our wild animals with classrooms, assemblies, churches, 4-H, scouts, senior citizens, at risk youth, hospitals and special functions. Our animals have the potential to inspire minds and change lives! They are but a few of the natural wonders that we are close to losing forever.

What to bring:
good walking shoes, sack lunch if you would like to eat lunch at the sanctuary

For more information: http://kirshner.org/

Schreder Planetarium
Activity date: November 16th, 2017       Time: 9:00 am       Duration: 1.5 hours
2nd offering date: November 16th, 2017     Time: 11:00 am     Duration: 1.5 hours
Recommended grade levels: K-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: Schreder Planetarium, 1644 Magnolia Ave, Redding, 96001
Description: In the spring of 1979 the Schreder Planetarium was opened in Redding as a multi-media science education facility serving the students and citizens of Northern California. The planetarium provides student and community education in Astronomy and Space Science. Capturing the passion and curiosity of children, teenagers and adults, the planetarium is a beautiful, domed theater in which a realistic and scientifically accurate simulation of the night sky is created, using a highly specialized digital projector. The Digistar 3 projector uses powerful graphics hardware and software to generate immersive full-dome images on the interior surface of a dome, integrating all-dome video, real time 3D computer graphics, and complete digital astronomy.

Approximately 1,500 square feet
10 meter domed theater
65 seats
Built by architects Nichols & Woodward
Contractor was Ken Gifford
The only astronomy public education center in the north state
Now we embark on a journey of bringing the fascination of astronomy and science to a greater audience. Committed to bring scientific, educational and informative programming to northern California for every age. Our programs are diverse ranging from scientific documentaries to science fiction stories.

Cosmic Safari
The search for life in the universe begins as we travel to yet undiscovered planets in the far reaches of space. In differing environmental conditions, you'll discover what living creatures might look like on worlds very different from our own.

What to bring:
Our gift shop offers various fun science toys, t-shirts, and the always popular astronaut ice cream (freeze dried), so students may want to bring cash.

For more information: https://www.shastacoe.org/programs-services/schreder-planetarium

A Very Chico Nutcracker: Behind the Scenes Chico Community Ballet
Activity date: December 1st, 2017       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 55 minutes
Recommended grade levels: 2-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico
Description: Chico Community Ballet is bring back to Laxson their newly created... A Very Chico Nutcracker; illustrating Chico's rich history through new sets, lighting costumes, and choreography. Set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score, this 50-minute Field Trip will introduce your students to classical music, give them a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes magic, and showcase what goes into the making of A Very Chico Nutcracker.

What to bring:
N/A

For more information: http://www.csuchico.edu/upe/performance/fieldTrips/2017-2018/a-very-chico-nutcracker-fieldtrip.php

Nutcracker - Northern California Ballet
Activity date: December 15th, 2017       Time: 10:00 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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