Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

Where Education Meets the Land.

The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve is under the direction of the CSUC Research Foundation. Our mission is to work to preserve critical habitat and to provide a natural area for environmental research and education.

3,950 Acres of Diverse Habitats

The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve contains 3,950 acres of diverse canyon and ridge habitats, including 4.5 miles of Big Chico Creek, and is home to many species of plants and animals. BCCER was created with the purchase of the Simmons Ranch in 1999 and the Henning Ranch in 2001. It is owned by the California State University, Chico, Research Foundation.

Goals of the Reserve

  • Support the educational mission of CSU, Chico by providing a site with natural resources to support research and teaching
  • Develop, upgrade and maintain databases to support research and instruction

  • Protect and monitor on-site natural resources

  • Provide public outreach and education
Visitors Welcome!

The Reserve is open from dawn to dusk every day with the exception of hunt days.

Visit the Reserve

2016-17 Year in Review

Wondering what we have been up to? Check out our 2016-17 Year in Review.

2016-2017 Year in Review (PDF)

The outdoor classroom is a fun place for kids to learn about science in the best classroom anywhere - nature!

For more information - getting your class to the Reserves, becoming an intern or volunteer - contact Education Coordinator Jon Aull at

The Reserves In The News

Hands turning page of book with images
Close Encounters of the Insect Kind

See the Chico State Today article(opens in new window) on our annual butterfly count.

Perspective Point overlooks the entirety of the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reser
Where Education Meets the Land

An overview of the BCCER(opens in new window) by Zach Phillips.

Differerent kinds of Fungi on the table
Putting the Fun in Fungi

See Ashley Gebb's article(opens in new window) on our fall mushroom foray in Chico State Today.

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