Nature & Wildlife Centers, Organizations & Rescues

Altacal Audubon Society; Butte, Glenn & Tehama Counties. Promotes awareness, appreciation & protection of native birds & their habitats. Bird walks, informative & entertaining monthly programs at Chico Creek Nature Center, educational outreach at local schools & events. Sponsors the annual Snow Goose Festival each January. (530) 514-4109.

Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary & Educational Center; Oroville. This education & preservation center is home to a wide variety of non-releasable endangered & exotic live animals. See tigers, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, leopards, hawks, owls, African lions, servals, a liger, wallaby, reptiles & much more. 4995 Durham Pentz Rd. (530) 533-1000.

Butte Environmental Council; Butte County. BEC educates & advocates for the environment. Provides information about current land, air & water issues, offers classroom education programs, & provides resources for community action. Hosts the annual Endangered Species Faire each May in Bidwell Park, & the annual Bidwell Park & Creeks Clean-up Day in September (3rd Sat). 116 W. Second St., #3.
(530) 891-6424.

California Native Plant Society, Mt. Lassen Chapter; Butte, Glenn, Tehama & Plumas counties. Offers year-round field trips, native plant seeds, monthly meetings & annual events, rare plant conservation, & educational outreach programs to schools & groups. (530) 636-4547.

Chico Creek Nature Center; Chico. The official information center for Bidwell Park, the 7th largest municipal park in the U.S. Offers children’s classes, exhibits, camps, a science lab, educational programs for schools, & is home to non-releasable living native animals. Located in Bidwell Park, 1968 East 8th St. (530) 891-4671.

Feather River Fish Hatchery; Oroville. State-of-the-art facility features underwater viewing windows to observe migrating salmon & steelhead trout; best viewing happens mid-September – June. Learn about the life cycle of fish & view spawning operations. Offers educational programs & tours, & hosts the Annual Salmon Festival each 4th Saturday in September. Open daily, sunrise to sunset. Free admission. 5 Table Mountain Blvd. (530) 538-2222.

Feather River Nature Center & Native Plant Park; Oroville. Features an original river-rock bathhouse used by gold miners. This is a great place to enjoy family picnics or just relax by the river. Open weekends 12-4pm; guided tours available by appt. (find “Museums” page). Montgomery St. & Old Ferry Rd. (530) 538-2401

Gateway Science Museum; Chico. Inspiring the exploration of science & natural history in the Butte County region & beyond. Offers ongoing & touring exhibits, a science lab & workshops, school field trips, summer camps & more. Walk through the native plants garden. 625 Esplanade, next to the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park. (530) 898-4121.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area; Gridley. Year-round wildlife viewing in a 9,100-acre wetland area. In fall & winter see vast numbers of migratory waterfowl. Offers a museum, paved trail to a viewing platform, & seasonal guided tours Oct-Feb. Annual events include a children’s fishing day. Open sunrise to sunset. Located along the Pacific Flyway,
3207 Rutherford Rd. (530) 846-7500.


California Native Plant Society, Mt. Lassen Chapter; Butte, Glenn, Tehama & Plumas counties. See full listing under Butte County above.

Shasta County

California Native Plant Society, Shasta Chapter; Redding. Offers field trips, workshops, monthly events with presenters, annual plant sales & shows, & information. Educates the public about native plants in their natural environment & for use in the garden. (530) 225-2311.

Coleman Fish Hatchery; Anderson. Explore the largest Chinook salmon & steelhead hatchery in the lower 48 states. Open daily for informative self-guided tours, 7:30am until dusk. Nature trail, annual Return of the Salmon Festival (3rd Sat in Oct.), school & youth group tours (Oct. & Nov.). 24411 Coleman Fish Hatchery Rd. (530) 365-8622.

Shasta Roots & Shoots; Shasta County Program founded by Jane Goodall, inspiring youth to make a difference. Service-learning projects promote care & concern for animals, the environment, & the human community. Trail-mapping, pond & river surveys, planting songbird nesting habitat & more. Ages preschool-college. Free. National website: Call to schedule an event in your area. (530) 410-9994.

Shasta Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation; Anderson. A nonprofit organization that rehabilitates sick, orphaned & injured wildlife to release back into the wild. Volunteer opportunities in spring & summer. Tasks include feeding baby birds & helping teach older animals how to survive in the wild.
(530) 365-9453 or 365-WILD.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park; Redding. Provides wonder-full, educational, hands-on experiences for all ages. Learn about the natural richness of our area. Interactive exhibits, galleries & museum displays, butterfly & bird exhibits, fish feeding & viewing, self-guided & hands-on science exploration, indoor & outdoor play features, & animal shows. Offers school field trips, summer camps, teacher & classroom support, & more. 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530) 243-8850.

Wild Horse Sanctuary; Shingletown. This 5,000-acre preserve is dedicated to protecting & preserving America’s wild horses as a living national treasure. Provides them sanctuary in an ecologically balanced environment. Visitors welcome Wed & Sat, 10am-4pm for wild horse viewing, free of charge. Trail rides, horse adoptions & sponsorships. Annual open house & benefit in August. 5796 Wilson Hill Rd. (530) 474-5770.

Wintu Audubon Society; Redding. With a mission of conserving & restoring natural ecosystems, focuses on birds & other wildlife & their habitats. Offers education & interactive programs, including an annual campout in July. Year-round activities include a monthly 2nd Sat educational program for youth grades 4 & up, 2nd Sat Bird Walks for adults & teens (binoculars & bird guides provided), a 2nd Tues birding program with guest speakers, & more.

Siskiyou County

Mt. Shasta Audubon Society; Mt. Shasta. The Mount Shasta Area Audubon encourages a love of birds by providing field trips (typically April-July), a colorful map titled “A Birder’s Guide to Driving Routes in Siskiyou County,” & a checklist of birds found in the county. The chapter is involved in education & conservation efforts to protect & enhance the region. (530) 926-2093.

Mt. Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center; Mt. Shasta. Offer family-friendly events & activities including hikes, an annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, & Earth Day fun. Volunteer opportunities include being an interpreter at Panther Meadows. 101 E. Alma St., Ste,100H. (530) 926-5655.

Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery; Mt. Shasta. The West’s oldest operating hatchery raises trout to stock mountain streams, rivers & lakes. Offers tours & school field trips by appointment. The Sisson Museum is on site. The hatchery is open daily, 8am-sunset. Free admission. 3 N. Old Stage Rd. (530) 926-2215.

Raven Tree Wild Bird & Nature Shop; Mt. Shasta. Provides trips, classes & gatherings designed to help you (and your kids) learn about wild birds. 138 Morgan Way, in the Rays Shopping Center. (530) 926-6695.

The River Exchange; Dunsmuir. Promotes healthy watersheds through involving the community in river stewardship, education & restoration in the Upper Sacramento River area. This mostly volunteer organization is undergoing changes – a great opportunity to get involved & help guide its direction. 5727 Dunsmuir Ave. (530) 235-2012.

Tehama County

Altacal Audubon Society. See the full listing in Butte County section above.

California Native Plant Society, Mt. Lassen Chapter. See full listing in the Butte County section above.

Sacramento River Discovery Center; Red Bluff. Learn about science & nature in an outdoor classroom on the Sacramento River. Stroll the native habitat trails, visit the 2-acre native plant garden, check out the drought-tolerant demo garden. Offers ongoing seminars, outings & classes, environmental education programming for elementary schools, summer day camps in June & July (ages 6-12), buy native plants at the spring & fall plant sale events. 1000 Sale Lane. (530) 527-1196.

Other Areas

Great Cats World Park; Cave Junction, OR. This interactive & educational 10-acre park is home to up to 45 cats representing 16 different species. Meet feline ambassadors. Helps raise awareness & support for rare & endangered cats. Guided tours & trainer interactions bring out cats’ natural & instinctive behaviors & athletic abilities. School groups, corporate events & private tours available. 27919 Redwood Hwy. (541) 592-2957.

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. Headquartered in Willows, CA, the complex consists of five national wildlife refuges & three wildlife management areas, comprising over 35,000 acres of wetlands & uplands in the Sacramento Valley. Auto-tours, hiking trails, visitor center, bookstore & educational programs. School & group tours available.
(530) 934-2801.

ScienceWorks; Ashland, OR. Southern Oregon’s interactive science museum features over 80 interactive exhibits, hands-on science & arts exploration, weekly activities, & field trips & educational programs for educators. Open year-round. Group tours & discounts available.
1500 E. Main St. (541) 482-6767.

Sequoia Park Zoo Eureka, CA. Situated adjacent to the magnificent redwoods of Sequoia Park, the 5-acre Sequoia Park Zoo is home to 57 animal & bird species, including seven on the endangered list. Visit with rare red pandas, bush dogs and peccaries, watch rivers otters play, connect with the gibbons and spider monkeys, enjoy flamingos, two magnificent bald eagles & the birds in the walk-through aviary. Let your kids play in the interactive watershed display, & groom the goats and sheep in the Barnyard Contact Corral. Open 10am-5pm, daily during the summer & Tue-Sun, October through April. 3414 W Street, Eureka.  For admission prices and info call (707) 441-4263.
Updated 30Aug16 LS
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Updated: Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:01 pm