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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
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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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 Friday, September 13, 2019. If you are interested in signing up for this semester's fieldtrips, please be sure to do so before the deadline.

Magic of Science
Activity date: January 23rd, 2020       Time: 2:00 pm       Duration: 1 Hour
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: CORE Butte GYM
Description: In ancient times magicians wielded tremendous power in society. Of course today we realize that the mysterious world of magic is truly the fascinating world of science. All magic is comprised of illusions and the majority of illusions are based on scientific principles. Come with us on a journey of exploration into the science behind the magic!

The Magic of Science allows everyone, both in the audience and on stage, to become a magician! Everything done in this 45-minute science assembly program looks and acts like a real magic trick. The only real trick is that everything done is science at work.

Chemistry, magnetism, optical illusions, physics, and mathematics are all demonstrated in an energetic performance perfect for children. Everything performed has a scientific principle behind it - however, each of these topics will appear to the audience as a challenging and astonishing magic trick. If that wasn't cool enough...sometimes we'll tell you how to do the trick at home!

Cirque FLIP Fabrique
Activity date: January 30th, 2020       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 Hour
Recommended grade levels: 3-8

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: Laxson Auditorium
Description: “After watching them perform, you may suspect that they hail from a different planet.” - New York Times

Cirque FLIP Fabrique is a young troupe of emerging circus performers who are at the peak of their talents as professional artists and are perfecting the Cirque style of performance art. Blizzard tells the story of a group of friends, each one different from the other like snowflakes, as they explore the awe and wonder of a winter storm. Blizzard takes audiences on a crazy, fun, poetic, and tender journey through winter. Cirque Flip Fabrique invites you to get lost in a moment of white and wonder with exciting circus performers, all-original music performed live, and breathtaking visual poetry. Blizzard takes the stage by storm!

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Miss Nelson Has a Field Day Dallas Children’s Theater
Activity date: February 21st, 2020       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 Hour
Recommended grade levels: TK-5

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: Laxson Auditorium
Description: “A sequel to the joyous Miss Nelson Is Missing, this musical is about teamwork, respect, and the importance of not giving up.” - The Washington Times

A fun-filled musical from the award-winning playwright and composer Joan Cushing, based upon the book Miss Nelson Has A Field Day by Harry Allard and James Marshall.

Return to Horace B. Smedley School where the Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game. In fact, they have never even scored a single point! With such a poor record and a team that is out of control, kind-hearted Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when she enlists the help of her alter ego, the ill-tempered Miss Viola Swamp, to coach the team and whip them into shape.

Considered by all to be “the meanest substitute teacher in the whole world,” Coach Swamp applies her trademark discipline to the players’ training, demanding tough exercises and no back talk. In the end, the team changes their attitude, pulls together, sharpens their skills, and manages to win the biggest game of the year.

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Chico Children's Museum
Activity date: February 27th, 2020       Time: 10:00 am       Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Recommended grade levels: TK-2 Only

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: 325 Main Street Chico, CA 95928
Description: At Chico Children’s Museum, our mission is to learn and connect through play. Through play, research shows that children develop essential skills like social interaction, language and communication, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and imagination.

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What is a Melody? North State Symphony Youth Concert, Scott Seaton, Conductor
Activity date: March 4th, 2020       Time: 10:30 am       Duration: 1 Hour
Recommended grade levels: 2-8

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: Laxson Auditorium
Description: “NSS 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

Have you ever wondered what makes a melody so memorable or how a composer creates or gets an idea for a tune?  In this fun concert, we explore some of the most famous melodies from the past 300 years, including those of Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Danny Elfman.

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B—The Underwater Bubble Show Magical Underwater Circus
Activity date: March 6th, 2020       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 Hour
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: Laxson Auditorium
Description: “A unique experience with amazing sea characters that lead the audience into the depths of the abyss into a fantastic dream.” - Cube Magazine

After another long day, as always filled with things to do, meetings, deadlines to be met, Mr. B finds himself transported as if by magic to a special, colorful, and happy place called Bubblelandia.

Bubblelandia is a place in which to linger, to dream, to listen, to watch, to savor, and to marvel but, above all a place to daydream.

B—The Underwater Bubble Show is a Cirque-style modern fairy tale about the journey of a kid who grows up and learns that he can still go back and find joy in life. Simple, silent storytelling is coupled with spectacular special effects and amazing performers to transport all audiences to magical place where fantasy becomes reality

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Gateway Science Museum
Activity date: March 13th, 2020       Time: 10:30 am       Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: 625 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926
Description: Gateway Science Museum is proud to offer a variety of exciting, interactive and educationally-rich field trip options for all age levels throughout the year. The museum’s field trips further our mission of “Inspiring the exploration of science and natural history, in our region and beyond,” while also helping to support the educational goals of teachers and students.

Exhibits currently on display

Before and Beyond the Moon, The 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
Beauty & The Beast: California Wildflowers & Climate Change
The Glenn E. and Ruth Gray Cunningham Memorial Exhibit – The Foothills
Albatross: Life on the Wind and Sea

Exhibits coming Spring 2020
Mission Aerospace

Schreder Planetarium- Redding Ca
Activity date: March 27th, 2020       Time: 11:00 am       Duration: 1 1/2 hours
2nd offering date: March 27th, 2020     Time: 9:00 am     Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Recommended grade levels: TK-5

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: 1644 Magnolia Ave Redding, Ca 96001
Description: Cosmic Safari show with hands on science around the edge of the building.

What to bring:
There is a gift shop that sells items including Astronaut Ice Cream.

Jungle Book Classic Tale presented by Kidoons
Activity date: April 8th, 2020       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 Hour
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: Laxson Auditorium
Description: “Like stepping inside a beautifully illustrated children’s storybook. It’s a MAGICAL experience!” - The Observer

From Mowgli, to Baloo the Bear, Kaa the Snake, and more, Kidoons adapts Rudyard Kipling’s classic Jungle Book for the stage—bringing to life the characters that we know and love. Using puppetry, shadow play, and multimedia effects they tell the tale of the orphaned “man-cub” Mowgli raised by wolves in an Indian forest. Mowgli’s animal friends protect and raise him by teaching “the law of the jungle,” but above all they teach that friendship and love is the most important force in the universe.

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Sacramento State Capitol Guided Tour and Railroad Museum Self Guided Tour
Activity date: April 14th, 2020       Time: 10:00 am       Duration: 5 hours
Recommended grade levels: 3-6

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: 1315 10th St Room B-27, Sacramento, CA 95814 and 125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Description: The California State Railroad Museum is a museum in the state park system of California, USA, interpreting the role of the "iron horse" in connecting California to the rest of the nation. It is located in Old Sacramento at 111 I Street

The California State Capitol is home to the government of the U.S. state of California. The building houses the bicameral state legislature and the office of the governor.

Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary
Activity date: May 8th, 2020       Time: 10:00 am       Duration: 3 hours
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
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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Chico Creek Nature Center  
Activity date: May 15th, 2020       Time: 10:00 am       Duration: 1 hour
2nd offering date: May 15th, 2020     Time: 9:00 am     Duration: 1 hour
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
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.

The 9am Field Trip is for TK-2 and is the Meet the Animals Field trip

The 10am Field Trip is for 3-5 and is the Skulls and Pelts Field Trip

What to bring:
closed toed shoes, weather appropriate clothing

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