Reopening of the Chico Creek Nature Center – Chico Enterprise-Record

After a temporary closure, the Chico Creek Nature Center in Bidwell Park will reopen this Saturday with a day of games, crafts, animal tours.

The Chico Creek Nature Center serves several purposes for Bidwell Park. Functioning as an information and partial guide center where park visitors can receive guided tours, park maps and routes, it also offers nature programs, camps and animal experiences suitable for families.

Chico Creek Nature Center will be hosting a wide selection of summer camps starting June 7. (Riley Blake – Chico Enterprise-Record)

The reopening of the Nature Center is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will include activities to celebrate the return of the local outdoor exploration center.

After temporarily shutting down due to the pandemic in March 2020, the Chico Creek Nature Center has found ways to bypass the public separation. The center was able to continue educational classes by regularly posting videos on Facebook of book readings from Ms. Joy, the centre’s nature school teacher, and contributed songs by Kevin Barry, a Parkview Elementary teacher.

The center was also able to move forward with plans for Camp Chico Creek; the centre’s outdoor program for children. With hands-on experiences in natural science, arts and crafts labs, animal encounters, and swimming at Big Chico Creek, the center says the camp allows kids to experience all that Bidwell Park has to offer in a learning environment.

Camp Chico Creek returns this summer with revolving themes that include “Brilliant Birds”; “Flourishing flora”; “Powerful mammals”; “Spectacular space”; and “Wild water”.

The reopening of the Chico Creek Nature Center will be free to all visitors and first-day guests will receive a coupon for a future free visit.

The new hours of operation for the Chico Creek Nature Center are Wednesday through Friday 9 am to 12 noon; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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