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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.

CORE Fieldtrip Sign-Ups

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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
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

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.

Maddi’s Fridge - Chico State Performance
Activity date: October 2nd, 2019       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 Hour
Recommended grade levels: 1-6

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: Laxson Auditorium
Description: “One of the best theater companies for young audiences in the country, with top-notch acting and production values.” - Arizona Republic

Maddi and Sofia are best friends who play in their neighborhood park together. Maddi is really good at climbing the rock wall, while Sofia is a fast runner. One day Sofia discovers that Maddi has no food in her fridge at home. Sofia wants to help her friend, but Maddi makes her promise not to tell anyone. What should Sofia do? Based on the book by Lois Brandt, this play is a gentle, yet sometimes hilarious exploration of friendship, empathy, and doing the right thing.

For more information:

Book Family Farm Field Trip (Pumpkin Patch)
Activity date: October 4th, 2019       Time: 1:00 pm       Duration: 1 1/2 hours
2nd offering date: October 4th, 2019     Time: 2:00 pm     Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Recommended grade levels: Tk-3

Adult Cost: 4       Sibling Cost: 4
Location: 153 Heavy Horse Ln, Durham, California 95938

We are so excited to share our farm! It is our joy to provide a farm experience for your family, group or class. Because we are so jazzed about what we are learning and experiencing on the farm, it spills over in our presentations. We want you to experience a little bit of what we get to enjoy every day here at the Book Family Farm.

We also invite you to bring your lunch or snack and extend your time at the farm. The kids are welcome to play on the farm playground. It is nice to have time to just hang out.

We will tailor your field trip for your group according to the age of the participants and interest of your group. Here are some possible elements:
Observation of the animals (and sometimes their babies!). We have cows, pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys and horses.
Discover what each of the animals is meant to eat and what their jobs are.
Feed the chickens, geese, ducks and pigs.
Gather eggs from the mobile hen house (the egg mobile)
Pick a pumpkin (October field trips only)
Re-enact the pumpkin life cycle with Farmer Book. The kids become the farmer, sun, seed, bees, and water (October)
Learn about milk products and make butter for Farmer Book (he is always running out of butter!)
History of the family farm.
Learn about the life cycle of grass and what is going on in the soil.
Learn about rotational grazing and why we farm the way we do.
Natural horsemanship

What to bring:
good walking shoes

For more information:

Rainbow Fish - Chico State Performance
Activity date: October 17th, 2019       Time: 9:30 am       Duration: 1 Hour
2nd offering date: November 30th, -0001     Time: 10:30 am     Duration:
Recommended grade levels: Tk-3

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: Laxson Auditorium
Description: “Mermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle.” - Shaw Entertainment

The Rainbow Fish is an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s colorful story and includes two of the author’s companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites. The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with amazing puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music. Mermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You).

For more information:

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure- Chico State Performance
Activity date: November 5th, 2019       Time: 11:30 am       Duration: 1 Hour
Recommended grade levels: tk-6

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: Laxson Auditorium
Description: “A dose of science, a dash of humor and whole lot of wonder.” - In Daily

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago—and maybe still live today! Using actors, innovative technology, giant puppets, a dash of science, and a big load of imagination the performers of Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.

For more information:

Sacramento Zoo
Activity date: November 15th, 2019       Time: 11:00 am       Duration: 5 hours max
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 5.00       Sibling Cost: 5.00
Location: 3930 W Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822
Description: Come have the wildest visit at the Sacramento Zoo!
This is a self guided tour of the Sacramento Zoo. CORE Butte will enter all together at 11am and you are welcome to stay until closing at 4pm.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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:
This is an all outdoor event. Please bring your own money for food.

For more information:

Turtle Bay Self Guided Tour
Activity date: November 22nd, 2019       Time: 11:00 am       Duration: 3 Hours
Recommended grade levels: TK-8

Adult Cost: 8       Sibling Cost: 5
Description: More than 14,000 visitors a year experience our school tour programs, from northern California, western Nevada and southern Oregon, to learn about the Sacramento River region, science, art, history, forestry and horticulture. You can make the most of your visit by a basic self-guided experience and groups may also want to consider a stroll on the Sundial Bridge and through the Botanical Gardens.

A Very Chico Nutcracker: Behind the Scenes- Chico State Performance
Activity date: December 6th, 2019       Time: 11:30 am       Duration:
Recommended grade levels: 2-8

Adult Cost: 6       Sibling Cost: 6
Location: Laxson Auditorium
Description: “A sweet nut to crack.” - Chico Enterprise Record

Chico Community Ballet is bringing back their exciting and original 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.

For more information:

Schreder Planetarium- Redding Ca
Activity date: December 13th, 2019       Time: 11:00 am       Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Recommended grade levels: TK-5

Adult Cost: 5.00       Sibling Cost: 5.00
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.


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