Physical Address:
625 Esplanade
(near  Bidwell Mansion)
Chico CA

Mailing Address:
College of Natural Sci.
CSU, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0545


Current Exhibits

Secrets of Circles

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This exhibit shows May 8 through September 1, 2013. 

Circles are pretty amazing shapes.  If you look around, you’ll see that they are everywhere: in the wheels of a car, on the clock on the wall, on the tortillas on your table, and the Frisbees, tops and balls you play with.  This highly interactive exhibition from the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose features 18 trilingual (English, Spanish and Vietnamese) exhibits designed to inspire visitors to ask questions and investigate the answers as they explore the math, science, and engineering of circles. 

Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom Fungi


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Photos by John Whittlesey and Jennifer Jewell

The story of fungi is integral to the story of life on planet earth. Wherever there is life, there are fungi - helping the life cycles of all other living organisms. Like apples on an apple tree, mushrooms are the fruit of many fungi. Sometimes beautiful to look at, sometimes gruesome, sometimes highly sought after gourmet delicacies, sometimes deadly poisons - fungi are everyday facts of life, and at the same time complex, intricate and mysterious. This exhibit is based around photographs of mushrooms taken by Northern California plants-people and naturalists John Whittlesey and Jennifer Jewell. The aim of the exhibit is to increase awareness of and appreciation for the importance, beauty and diversity of fungi in Northern California and beyond.

Thank you to our Summer 2013 exhibit sponsors:

Judy and Gary Sitton
Enloe Medical Center
Northstate Neurosurgical Associates
John & Renée McAmis
Joan Stewart
Samuel Rea and Isabel Jewell
Medical Business Solutions
Katie's Corner LLC
Diane Anderson
Carolyn Zerr & Jan Cooley-Dilg
Larry & Pam Wear