Learning and Teaching in Upper Bidwell Park

Discover Bidwell Park creates opportunities for university and high school students to learn how to become outdoors educators by guiding school children and the general public on educational outings in Upper Bidwell Park.  Student interns, supervised by experienced instructors, transform the park into an out-of-doors museum revealing natural and historic attractions that are hidden in plain sight.

For example did you know?

The ditch leading from Diversion Dam to the golf course was hand dug in 1938 as a New Deal public works project?

Or that mudflows making up the "layer cake" effect as seen on the park's canyon walls originated 2 to 3 million years ago from now extinct volcanoes near Lassen National Park?

Or that in the late 1800s a 110' tall flume coursed through the future Bidwell Park transporting lumber from Butte Meadows to a mill in Chico?

Storytelling that makes the surroundings come alive with excitement not only helps students gain life-long communication skills, but also expands Chico State's presence in the community, while advancing the university's overarching goal of cultivating responsible citizens as well as future stewards of the Earth. All of our slowly-paced hikes give participants a well-rounded education that include interesting facts about Big Chico Creek's plant and animal community as well as stories of the Native Americans of the area.

Our popular strolls through Upper Bidwell Park will resume every Sunday morning in October. In addition we will provide school field trips or 6th grade classes during the week.  Please refer to the contact information below to find out more information.

In the mean time we need your help to ensure that we are able to instruct as many college interns as possible for the 2012/2013 school year.  Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today so we can start laying the foundation for this groundbreaking project.                                

Write your check to the Sutter Buttes Society place in envelope, stamp and mail to:

Discover Bidwell Park * 461 E. 1st Avenue * Chico CA 95926 * 530/895-3730


Discover Bidwell Park is a committee of the Sutter Buttes Society

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