Make it your park

There are many ways to volunteer

Chico Park Division’s Volunteer Program

The Park Division provides several volunteer opportunities: Park Watch, weeding, oak regeneration sites, litter control, painting, trail maintenance and the Adopt-a-Site program. Contact volunteer coordinator Lise Smith-Peters for info: or 896-7831.

Invasive plant removal

Friends of Bidwell Park coordinates its own volunteers, largely via weekly invasive-reduction efforts. Get your gloves, closed-toe shoes and water ready and check out the group’s calendar at for the next workday.

Chico Creek Nature Center

Volunteer docents, animal care-taker assistants and weeding in native-plant garden. Visit or call 891-4671 for more info.

Others working in the park

Big Chico Creek Watershed Alliance:

Chico Cat Coalition: or 894-1365 and

Kids and Creeks:


The Stream Team: or call 342-6620

Give money

Donations to the city can be earmarked for Bidwell Park or for specific projects (like upgrading Caper Acres playground). Call the Park Division for details, 896-7800.

Go to a park meeting

The Bidwell Park and Playground Commission meets at 6:30 pm. the last Monday of the month in Chico City Council chambers, 421 Main St. Meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted online at (click on “Meetings & Agendas”).