Bidwell Park Events Calendar

Submit events for the calendar to info@FriendsOfBidwellPark.org

Note: Park commission committee meetings may be canceled if there's no need to meet--call 896-7800 to confirm.

March 2015
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4 (7:30 am-mid afternoon) Trail Maintenance in Upper Bidwell Park  Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water container. Meet at parking area E Map.  Bring a lunch if you plan to work the entire session. Call Jimi at 624-1619 for more information. Heavy rain cancels. Sponsored by the Chico Park Division.
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5 (7:30 am-mid afternoon) Trail Maintenance in Upper Bidwell Park  Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water container. Meet at parking area E Map.  Bring a lunch if you plan to work the entire session. Call Jimi at 624-1619 for more information. Heavy rain cancels. Sponsored by the Chico Park Division.
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7 (9am- 12pm) Picnic Site 29 Volunteer Session Meet at Cedar Grove parking lot. Cross creek at bridge. Volunteers will remove vinca and plant natives. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring water bottle. Sponsored by Chico Park Division. Call Ryan 321-8594 for directions and information. Rain cancels.

(1 to 4 pm) Lost Park Volunteer Work Session Remove invasive plants and pick up trash from this downtown park Map, on the south side of Big Chico Creek. Meet at the parking lot behind Solutions Cubed. Sponsored by Friends of Bidwell Park and the Chico Park Division. For more information, call Michael at (530) 520-3766.
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14 (9am- 12pm) Picnic Site 29 Volunteer Session Meet at Cedar Grove parking lot. Cross creek at bridge. Volunteers will remove vinca and plant natives. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring water bottle. Sponsored by Chico Park Division. Call Ryan 321-8594 for directions and information. Rain cancels.
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15  (9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, Johnsongrass, or pick up trash. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Rain cancels. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
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21 (1 to 4 pm) Lost Park Volunteer Work Session Remove invasive plants and pick up trash from this downtown park Map, on the south side of Big Chico Creek. Meet at the parking lot behind Solutions Cubed. Sponsored by Friends of Bidwell Park and the Chico Park Division. For more information, call Michael at (530) 520-3766.
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22 (1 to 4 pm) Invasive Privet Tree Removal on Little Chico Creek Work site is along Little Chico Creek bike path at Forest Ave. Park on Humboldt Rd near Forest Ave, walk south across the bridge and turn right at the bike path. Wear closed-toe shoes and, if possible, bring water. For more information, call Susan at (530) 321-3406. Co-sponsored by Mt. Lassen Chapter-CNPS, Waste Management and Chico Park Division. Rain cancels.
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Volunteer and Park Watch Training from 6:30- 9:00 in City Council Chambers Map. Three different volunteer programs are available.  All potential volunteers should attend this orientation session.

Trail Volunteer Program Training The Park Division offers a two-part Trail Volunteer Program Orientation for community members interested in helping work on Bidwell Park trails. Volunteers who wish to work on park trails should attend both this session and a follow-up field session later.

Park Watch Training As ambassadors of the park, Park Watch volunteers provide visitors with information and advise park staff about damage, hazards, vandalism, or other concerns they encounter. The program’s mission is to provide a highly visible volunteer presence in the park that fosters a safe environment. Park Watch volunteers must be at least 18 years old, pass a criminal background check and volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per month. Volunteers should attend both this session and a follow–up field session.

Volunteer Team Leader Program Training The Park Division Volunteer Team Leader Program trains volunteers to lead others in constructive park work, the safe use of tools, and share information on invasive weeds and native plants. Team Leaders will conduct work sessions during annual events such as Earth Day and will be available to lead other monthly sessions based on their availability. Volunteers should attend both this session and follow-up field training session later.

To apply and RSVP, please call the Park Division at 896-7800.

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28 (1 to 4 pm) Spanish broom Removal in Upper Bidwell Park Meet at Parking Area E Map to carpool to the work site along Big Chico Creek. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring a water container. Sponsored by Friends of Bidwell Park and the Chico Park Division. For more information, call Susan at (530) 321-3406. Rain cancels.

(9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, Johnsongrass, & other weeds. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Janet at (530) 966-6861 or Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Rain cancels. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
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30 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
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31 (9am-12pm) Annie's Glen and Camellia Way Picnic Area Volunteer Session. Meet at Camellia Way Bridge for trash and weed removal. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring water bottle. Sponsored by Chico Park Division. Call Heidi (530) 526-5000 for directions and information.
April 2015
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4 (9 am to noon) Spanish broom Removal in Upper Bidwell Park Meet at Parking Area E Map to carpool to the work site along Big Chico Creek. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring a water container. Sponsored by Friends of Bidwell Park and the Chico Park Division. For more information, call Susan at (530) 321-3406. Rain cancels.
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5 Easter Sunrise Service in Upper Bidwell Park at the Easter Cross Map. From 6-7:30 am. Hosted by Vineyard of Chico Church. 
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11 5rd Annual Poppy Walk & 5K Run Peg Taylor Center for Adult Day Care benefit.  Registration at One Mile from 8-8:45 am.  \Walk and run start at 9 am.  For more information and to register, see registration.

(1 to 4 pm) Lost Park Volunteer Work Session Remove invasive plants and pick up trash from this downtown park Map, on the south side of Big Chico Creek. Meet at the parking lot behind Solutions Cubed. Sponsored by Friends of Bidwell Park and the Chico Park Division. For more information, call Michael at (530) 520-3766.

(9 am to noon) Verbena Fields Volunteer Work session Remove invasive plants or pick up trash from adjacent Lindo Channel area. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water container. Tools, gloves, water and lunch provided.  Meet by the kiosk at the corner of East 1st Ave at Verbena. Rain cancels. Sponsored by Butte Environmental Council, Mount Lassen Chapter-CA Native Plant Society, Waste Management and the Chico Park Division. For more information, call BEC at (530) 891-6424 or on the day, call Susan at (530) 321-3406
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12  (9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, yellow starthistle, Johnsongrass, or pick up trash. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Rain cancels. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
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18 (1 to 4 pm) Lost Park Volunteer Work Session Remove invasive plants and pick up trash from this downtown park Map, on the south side of Big Chico Creek. Meet at the parking lot behind Solutions Cubed. Sponsored by Friends of Bidwell Park and the Chico Park Division. For more information, call Michael at (530) 520-3766.

6th Annual Butte County NAMI Benefit 5k Walk Check-in/registration at 9 am at Downtown City Plaza, walk starts at 10 am, looping through Lower Bidwell Park.  For more information, see Butte County National Alliance on Mental Illness or call (530) 636-0642.

Celebrate the Jewel at the Chico Creek Nature Center Map from 11 am to 4 pm.  Annual event featuring activities with many of the organizations that support Bidwell Park.
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25 (9 am to 12 pm) Earth Day in Bidwell Park and City of Chico Greenways Locations to be announced

(9 am to noon) Lower Bidwell Park volunteer session Remove invasive plants from the Sycamore Restoration Site and pick up trash from the area east of Caper Acres.  Meet at the Campfire Council Ring Map. Wear closed-toe shoes.  Sponsored by Butte Environmental Council, Mount Lassen Chapter-CA Native Plant Society, Waste Management and the Chico Park Division.  RSVP required for this event.  Call Nani at (530) 891-6424. 

(9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, Johnsongrass, & other weeds. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Janet at (530) 966-6861 or Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Rain cancels. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
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27 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
May 2015
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36th Annual Endangered Species Faire at One Mile Recreation Area  Map from 10 am to 4 pm.  Live animals, music, activities for kids, booths, food.  Limited parking so carpool or bicycle to event.  For more information, see Butte Environmental Council

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17  (9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, yellow starthistle, Johnsongrass, or pick up trash. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Rain cancels. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
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18 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
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23 (9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, Johnsongrass, & other weeds. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Janet at (530) 966-6861 or Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Rain cancels. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
June 2015
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14  (9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, yellow starthistle, Johnsongrass, or pick up trash. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
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27 (9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, Johnsongrass, & other weeds. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Janet at (530) 966-6861 or Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
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29 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
July 2015
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4 Independence Day 5K Run/Fun Walk in Lower Bidwell Park. Starts at 7 am at One Mile Map , entry fee $25 (includes t-shirt and breakfast). See 5K for details and registration options. Sponsored by Chico Running Club and CARD.

4th of July Celebration at One Mile Map in Lower Bidwell Park  Pancake breakfast, 5K run/walk, horseshoe contest, music, food, activity & craft booths, pie-eating contest, family games.  For schedule of events and times, see 4th of July.  Sponsored by CARD, Do-It-Leisure, Chico Rotary and Chico Park Division.
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27 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
August 2015
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31 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
September 2015
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5 Chico Palio at One Mile & Sycamore Field from noon to 5 pm. Kickoff event for October's Arteroberfest.  See Chico Palio for schedule of activities.
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19 (9 am to 12:30 pm) Bidwell Park and Creeks of Chico annual cleanup.  Help Butte Environmental Council clean up Bidwell Park, Little Chico Creek, Big Chico Creek, Teichert Ponds and Lindo Channel. Includes snacks and a free lunch afterwards.  Bring gloves and water and wear closed-toe shoes. Long pants preferable. For the park cleanup (suitable for children), meet at Hooker Oak Park parking lot Map.  For the creeks cleanup, meet at 1057 Park Ave (at 11th St). Your help is especially needed if you have a pickup truck.  For more information and to pre-register, contact BEC. Funding for event provided by City of Chico and numerous local businesses.
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28 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
October 2015
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24 (9 am to noon) Make a Difference Day Come make a difference in Bidwell Park and other city-owned open spaces!  Trash pickup, weed removal, painting and more, with various work sites. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Tools and water provided, but if possible bring your own water container. PRE-REGISTRATION AND PROJECT ASSIGNMENT FOR YOUR TEAM OR FAMILY IS REQUIRED.  Registration form will be available online shortly. If you're under 18, please bring release form signed by parent or guardian.  For more information, contact the park volunteer coordinator at (530) 526-5000. Sponsored by the Chico Park Division.
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26 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
November 2015
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16 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
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26 Run for Food Help provide meals and shelter for Chico's homeless by participating in the 10th annual Thanksgiving Day 5K run/walk in Lower Bidwell Park starting at 9:00 am.  This is one of the park's largest events. For more information or to -pre-register, see Run for Food.  Sponsored by the Jesus Center. 
December 2015
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14 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
January 2016
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Annual Polar Bear Swim across Lower Bidwell Park's Sycamore Pool Map starting at 1 pm.  This is a no-host event--you just show up at the appropriate time. Even if you don't want to brave the chilly waters, this is a fun park event to attend and you're sure to see some of your neighbors and friends!

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20 16th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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21 16th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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22 16th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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23 16th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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24 16th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival

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