Hover over the field trips below for descriptions and dates offered
-full details below-

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The springtime flowers of Table Mountain are an amazing explosion of color. Learn how to identify many of the unique flowers and about the geology of this amazing place. Easy to moderate walk. Day Pass included in cost of the field trip. No additional cost.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 3:30 to 5:30pm


Wednesday, April 6th, 3:30 to 5:30pm




Learn how to catch and identify macroinvertebrates that live in our waterways. Learn about their importance to and what they tell us about the health of our ecosystems. Be prepared to get a little wet.

Saturday, May 7th, 1pm to 3pm


Wednesday, May 18th, 3:30 to 5:30pm


Sunday, May 22nd,  2 to 4pm




Explore lower Bidwell Park with a walking tour of our native plants and trees and their importance to the ecosystems in Butte County.

Sunday, April 24th,  2 to 4pm

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Enjoy an easy biking tour through lower Bidwell Park with friends and family while learning about the plants and animals that live in our beautiful Bidwell Park. Start and End at Thrive. Bring your own bikes.

Saturday, April 30th, 10am to noon


Sunday, May 1st,  2 to 4pm



Take a short hike in Upper Bidwell Park and discover its amazing biodiversity. Starting along Big Chico Creek and hiking up to Upper Trail learn about the change in habitats with the increase in elevation.

Wednesday, March 30th, 3:30 to 5:30pm


Saturday, April 23rd, 10am to noon





A popular location for bird watchers and nature lovers year round. A fun introduction to birdwatching and how to identify the most common birds found in Butte County.

Wednesday, April 13th, 3:30 to 5:30pm

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Enjoy a beautiful day in Upper Bidwell park learning how to identify many different species of springtime wildflowers and their importance in the biodiversity of Bidwell Park. Moderate Hike

Sunday, March 27th 2 to 4pm

Saturday, April 2nd, 10am to noon

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Enjoy an easy hike through this beautiful preserve located in Butte Creek Canyon. Learn about the plants, trees and animals that live in this unique protected area.

Wednesday, May 11, 3:30 to 5:30pm



Geology of Bidwell Park

Learn about the history of Bidwell Park through it’s unique geology. We’ll take a moderate, short hike observing the Tuscan formation and learn about the Lovejoy and Chico formations. Also learn about the rock cycle, the difference between weathering and erosion and identifying the most common rocks found in Bidwell Park.

Sunday, April 3rd,  2 to 4pm


Wednesday, May 4th, 3:30 to 5:30pm

Family Events:

$40 per child

Children (4.9 to 17, with emergency form on file with Thrive) may be dropped off or families may join the field trips. Parents and younger siblings are free.

NOTE: Because parents may stay, not all adults at field trips will be trained and fingerprinted Thrive staff. There will always be trained and fingerprinted Thrive staff leading events.


Use your charter funds before you lose them: You may order funds as these are fully outdoor activities and masks are optional outside.


If you are out of charter funds and interested in field trips please contact us about funding options.


Everyone should wear appropriate clothing for the weather. All field trips are outdoors and we will run rain or shine, hot or cold. Everyone should bring a snack and water bottle. Extra outfits recommended especially if there is a chance of getting wet. Many activities include getting wet or messy especially on warmer days.


All activities start and end at the location of the trip with no transportation provided. You will receive an email with full details. Plan to provide your own transportation to the field trips.

Dates: Field Trips are single day events. Multiple dates are the same field trip repeated. You may attend the same field trip twice. Choose the date that fits your schedule best.