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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 Friday, January 19, 2018. If you are interested in signing up for this semester's fieldtrips, please be sure to do so before the deadline.

Bolt's Antique Tool Museum
Activity date: February 16th, 2018       Time: 10:00 am       Duration: 1.5
Recommended grade levels: K-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: 1650 Broderick St, Oroville, CA 95965
Description: BOLT'S ANTIQUE TOOL MUSEUM (BATM) - now has on display over 12,000 of the most important items ever invented by mankind, 'HAND TOOLS'.

This makes BATM the only known location of its kind in the world. This museum is not only an asset to the people of Oroville and its surrounding communities, but also to the county, state, country and the rest of the world too!

BATM is bursting at the walls with displays, history, cataloging, information, and extremely knowledgeable docents to help in maintaining these things that most of us take for granted in our everyday lives.

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Dublin Irish Dance, Chico State Performance
Activity date: February 27th, 2018       Time: 10:30 am       Duration: 55 minutes
Recommended grade levels: 2-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico
Description: “An extravaganza of sights and sounds of Irish Culture.” - CAMI
Choreographed by famed Riverdance principal dancer Anthony Fallon, Stepping Out is an epic tale of Celtic culture spanning 100 years. The journey begins in rural Ireland in kitchens, barns, and fields. Eventually, the tale heads west to New York City. Mingling with immigrants from around the globe, the Irish congregate in dance gatherings, some bound for the Appalachian Mountains where ancient Irish melodies fuse with African rhythms. The audience is then carried to the present moment, where Irish music and dance has been embraced worldwide. The high energy, all-star cast features musicians and a company of dancers who bring to life the sights and sounds of Irish culture.

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Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
Activity date: March 2nd, 2018       Time: 10:00 am       Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Recommended grade levels: K-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: 3207 Rutherford Road Gridley, CA 95948
Description: Learn about the wildlife on Gray Lodge!
A docent will teach your class about the
plants and animals found along a 0.3-
mile walk to our Viewing Platform. At the
platform, a spotting scope gives students the
opportunity to view wildlife up close. Gray Lodge's diversity and location along the Pacific Flyway make it a haven for wildlife. Surrounded by miles of rich agricultural lands, the approximately 9,100-acre area is managed for the wildlife that call Gray Lodge home for all or part of the year. Reflective ponds, grassy fields and wooded riparian areas provide food, water and shelter for more than 300 species of resident and migrant birds and mammals.

People of all ages enjoy visiting Gray Lodge. Wildlife viewing is available year round. Hunters enjoy the many species of wildlife they may take during the regulated hunting seasons. Fishing is also a highlight in the spring and summer. Educational programs, informative exhibits, a self-guided nature trail and seasonal guided tours delight thousands of visitors every year. Find out why Gray Lodge remains popular among the human and wildlife visitors alike.

What to bring:
closed toed shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather

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The Colors of the Symphony North State Symphony Youth Concert, Chico State Performance
Activity date: March 13th, 2018       Time: 10:30 am       Duration: 55 minutes
Recommended grade levels: 4-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico
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

Explore the many instruments that each contribute their unique color to the overall symphony, with the NSS's Youth Concerts! NSS Resident Conductor Dwayne Corbin will direct.

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Turtle Bay Nature Explorer's Backpacks
Activity date: March 15th, 2018       Time: 9:00 am       Duration: 2+
Recommended grade levels: K-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: 844 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding, CA
Description: A great supplement for Independent Exploration! With a variety of exciting tools and activities, discover the nature around Turtle Bay’s campus using the Nature Explorers Backpacks. Teachers will be sent standards-based lessons that provide everything to create an exciting, interactive tour tailored to their students’ needs.

What to bring:
close-toed shoes, clothing appropriate to weather

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Doktor Kaboom!: LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour - Science Comedy, Chico State Performance
Activity date: March 27th, 2018       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 55 minutes
Recommended grade levels: 4-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico
Description: “Spectacular…nobody can captivate an audience better.” - Broadway World

Doktor Kaboom! performs original interactive Science Comedy shows for audiences of all ages. Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom! keeps crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Join Kaboom! for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain, all involving electricity. Should be hair-raising!

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Gold Nugget Museum Day
Activity date: April 6th, 2018       Time: 9:00 am       Duration: 3+ hours
Recommended grade levels: K-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: 502 Pearson Rd Paradise, CA 95969
Description: 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.

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Story Pirates, Chico State Performances
Activity date: April 11th, 2018       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 55 minutes
Recommended grade levels: 2-5

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico
Description: “Story Pirates – This is real. You know, these are real kids writing real stories and getting great joy out of it.” - Jon Stewart

A sketch comedy musical based on some of Story Pirates’ favorite stories, written by kids from our own community, plus a segment that’s entirely improvised according to suggestions from kids in the audience!

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Rancho Esquon Wetlands
Activity date: April 30th, 2018       Time: 9:30 am       Duration: 3 hours
Recommended grade levels: K-8

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: 1609 Adams Ranch Rd, Durham, CA 95938
Description: Since 2004, Rancho Esquon has been host to an exciting outdoor education opportunity for local grade school students. Teachers are offered a rare chance to bring classes on a field trip to a working ranch and an extraordinary restored wetland habitat. Over 4,000 students have experienced hands-on learning activities in the wetlands, and have visited Rancho Esquon’s egg salvage facility.

What to bring:
close-toed shoes, clothing appropriate to weather

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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Chico State Performance
Activity date: May 9th, 2018       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 55 minutes
Recommended grade levels: TK-2

Adult Cost: $4       Sibling Cost: $4
Location: Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico
Description: “A tune-filled re-imagining of the New York Times bestselling picture book” - Broadway World
Bedtime is approaching, and this team of construction vehicles needs to get their rest. But Crane Truck is getting cranky, Cement Mixer takes too long with bath time, and Dump Truck just isn't sleepy! Excavator and Bulldozer find that preparing for bed is a job in itself! Will they ever get some shut-eye before tomorrow's day of work? A world premiere musical based upon the best-selling book!

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