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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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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

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
(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.

Air Play, Chico State Performance
Activity date: January 30th, 2019       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 hour
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: Laxson Auditorium 400 W 1st St, Chico, CA 95929
Description: “A winning combination of visually stunning sculptures and cheeky but heartfelt storytelling that keeps both adults and children enthralled” - British Theatre Guide

Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future. A modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Chico State Performance
Activity date: February 7th, 2019       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 hour
Recommended grade levels: TK-2

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: Laxson Auditorium 400 W 1st St, Chico, CA 95929
Description: “Bedazzling! Will mesmerize audiences!” - The New York Times

A timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage.

This critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, created by Jonathan Rockefeller, features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets and faithfully adapts four stories by author/illustrator Eric Carle: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly, and, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This story has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, now celebrating 50 years, has sold more than 16 million copies.

Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world—and to their first experiences of reading itself.

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Big Drum, Small World - Chico State Performance
Activity date: February 12th, 2019       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 hour
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: Laxson Auditorium 400 W 1st St, Chico, CA 95929
Description: “A globally-themed multimedia project presenting some of today's most significant composers from around the world” - All About Jazz

Jazz—made accessible to the younger generation. A fun, immersive, multi-media production, Big Drum, Small World highlights the importance of jazz music on the development of music in a global perspective.

This program features performances of all new commissions by prominent, internationally recognized jazz composers hailing from countries as diverse as West Africa, Israel, Cuba, Puerto Rico, India, and the United States.

The program also features fun, short video interludes that offer biographical background on each of the project’s composers and commentary on the various ways that both the American jazz tradition and their individual cultural heritages have informed and inspired their respective visions and artistic sensibilities.

The objectives of Big Drum, Small World are to promote the value of creative collaboration and the unique way that jazz provides a forum to explore our differences, share ideas, and discover common ground.

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The Ugly Duckling - Chico State Performance
Activity date: February 20th, 2019       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 hour
Recommended grade levels: TK-5

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: Laxson Auditorium 400 W 1st St, Chico, CA 95929
Description: “An eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen!” -

Lightwire Theater brings a classic tale to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. Lined with electroluminescent wire, the actors in this production tell the beloved story of The Ugly Duckling through a cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance—all visually accented with glowing, colorful lights.

With dazzling visuals, poignant choreography, and the creative use of music ranging from classical to pop, this production brings this story into a new and brilliant light.

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The Durham Worm Farm
Activity date: February 22nd, 2019       Time: 10:00 am       Duration: 2 hours
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: 9033 Esquon Road Durham, California 95928
Description: Since 1990, The Worm Farm is one of the United States' premium producers of composting and gardening products.
What makes us different?

Our record in customer satisfaction and our commitment to superior sustainable products and solutions.

Who are The Worm Farm customers?

Families, universities, schools, non-profit agencies, hospitals, military, hazardous waste emergency clean-up sites, parks and recreation facilities, doctors, lawyers, Hollywood celebrities, simulated research missions for outer space (next stop, space!), home and commercial gardeners, agriculture professionals, master gardeners.... People just like you!

What are our customers looking for?

An easy, clean way to compost their kitchen scraps; to improve nutrient availability in their garden; to reduce man's environmental footprint on the earth; to develop safer or improved food resources, as well as alternative, sustainable solutions for our children's tomorrow.

The Worm Farm sells fishing and composting worms, specifically Esenia Fetida red worms, but it is NOT "just another worm company". Learn more about why thousands of our customers from around the United States and Canada consider The Worm Farm the first stop for red worms and premium soil amendments.

The Worm Farm is located 7 miles south of Chico in the farming community of Durham, California. Our goal at The Worm Farm is to supply landscapers and homeowners with a unique blend of soil amendments by mixing compost and worm castings to form what we call our "Compost Mix”. The Worm Farm also raises and sells Redworms, worm castings, and plain compost. The Worm Farm supports local schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other youth organizations by offering tours of our Worm Farm operations.

What to bring:
closed toed shoes, weather appropriate clothing

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Shakin' Things Up - Chico State Performance
Activity date: March 5th, 2019       Time: 10:30 am       Duration: 1 hour
Recommended grade levels: 2-8

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: Laxson Auditorium 400 W 1st St, Chico, CA 95929
Description: “Provides a living demonstration of how a diverse group, united by a concerted effort, can produce something that is greater than the sum of its parts” - Chico News & Review

Symphonic music in America reflects a cultural melting pot that brewed up entirely brand new forms of musical expression, from jazz to folk to blues. In annual Youth Concerts, the North State Symphony explores the sometimes bold, brash, poignant, and always diverse facets of how our country’s unique personality changed symphonic music traditions forever.

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Peter Gros: Wild Kingdom - Chico State Performance
Activity date: March 7th, 2019       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 hour
Recommended grade levels: 2-8

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: Laxson Auditorium 400 W 1st St, Chico, CA 95929
Description: “Peter’s upbeat, exciting show filled with bloopers, clips, and his friendly animal ambassadors captivated our audience” - Lincoln Theater Napa Valley

Love exotic animals? Wildlife expert, conservationist, and co-host of beloved TV show Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Peter Gros shares his exciting animal world travel experiences and timeless tales while introducing audiences to exotic animals. Peter believes that when children and adults meet an animal there is an immediate connection and then concern for their future well-being. All of the animal ambassadors appearing in the show have been raised in captivity or are rescue animals.

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Chico Creek Nature Center  
Activity date: March 15th, 2019       Time: 10:00 am       Duration: 1 hour
2nd offering date: March 15th, 2019     Time: 11:00 am     Duration: 1 hour
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: 1968 E 8th St, Chico, CA 95928
Description: Bidwell Park provides an excellent and accessible opportunity to teach valuable lessons of the natural world and the need for stewardship of the environment. For over thirty years the Chico Creek Nature Center has provided quality educational programs on the natural systems of Bidwell Park to elementary school students and the general public, using Bidwell Park as a classroom. Our staff Naturalists bring academic backgrounds in sciences to programs aligned with standards established by the California public school system. These popular and informative programs draw classes from five surrounding school districts and provide an excellent opportunity for teachers to add value to their curriculum.

What to bring:
closed toed shoes, weather appropriate clothing

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Filipe DeAndrade: Untamed - Chico State Performance
Activity date: March 27th, 2019       Time: 10:30 am       Duration: 1 hour
Recommended grade levels: 2-8

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: Laxson Auditorium 400 W 1st St, Chico, CA 95929
Description: National Geographic Live
“Untamed is my attempt at sharing with Americans what we have in our wild backyard” - Filipe DeAndrade

Filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade believes animals saved his life, and he wants to return the favor. Raised in poverty, surrounded by addiction and abuse, he felt voiceless. He related to animals because they too were voiceless, and he fell in love with photography as a way to tell their stories. Now the star of National Geographic’s digital series, Untamed, works to save the animals that saved him.

In this presentation, DeAndrade will talk about finding your passion in life and living it with intent. Along the way, he’ll bring you face to face with lions, sharks, snakes, jaguars, jumping spiders, whales, and one of the rarest animals in the world—a hawk moth caterpillar that resembles a venomous snake.

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The Phantom Tollbooth - Chico State Performance
Activity date: April 5th, 2019       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 hour
Recommended grade levels: 1-6

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: Laxson Auditorium 400 W 1st St, Chico, CA 95929
Description: “A masterful fusion of engaging storytelling with the performing and visual arts, which appeals to all of the senses, stimulates intuitive thinking, and captivates adults and children alike.” - DCMetroTheaterArts

Milo, the boy “who didn’t know what to do with himself,” drives his toy car through a mysterious tollbooth that appears in his bedroom and soon finds himself on an eventful and dangerous quest rescuing the Princesses Rhyme and Reason, who, in the war between words and numbers, have been banished to the Castle in the Air. Milo travels through the Forest of Sight where he experiences different Points of View, accidently leaps to the Island of Conclusions and travels through the Mountains of Ignorance, where he must escape its demons in order to rescue the princesses.

With the help of his steadfast companions, Milo perseveres and brings Rhyme and Reason home, restoring peace to the realm. Along the way something magical happens to Milo. He discovers the delights of friendship, curiosity, and knowledge, and that life—his own life—is filled with endless possibilities.

Enchantment Theatre Company is thrilled to bring this captivating story to the stage. Using puppets, masks, magic, inventive scenic effects, and original music, the wonder and adventure of the story comes alive. Join them as their journey along with Milo to the Lands Beyond and discover that with humor, good friends and a little bit of courage, anything is possible.

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Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary
Activity date: May 17th, 2019       Time: 9:30 am       Duration: 3 hours
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: 4995 Durham-Pentz Rd, Oroville, CA 95965
Description: The mission of the Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation is to provide rehabilitation and long-term care for exotic and native species, as well as to provide educational programs on all levels emphasizing wildlife and habitat conservation.
The Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1994. Located in Butte County, just east of Butte College, it is the only organization of its kind from the San Francisco Bay area to the Oregon state line. The mission of the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary is to educate the public about the care and preservation of all wildlife and their habitats, both locally and globally. It is our belief that through hands-on experience with the animals of the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as through our educational programs, the public will become more enlightened about the importance of wildlife and their habitats, and practice responsible ownership of companion animals.
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:
Sack lunch, sunscreen, water, hats, sunglasses, umbrellas, close-toed shoes (This field trip takes place outside so be sure to bring items that will allow you and your children to be safe and comfortable)

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