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A Bit About Chico

The City of Chico is located 90 miles north of Sacramento in the northern end of the lush Sacramento Valley. With an urban population of approximately 90,000, Chico has the charm of a small town, with all the amenities of a big city. Downtown Chico is within a block of campus and offers a wide variety of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences. Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the country at 3,670 acres, stretches nearly 11 miles from campus east into the foothills and provides year-round recreation activities.

 

Trinity Hall

California State University, Chico

Founded in 1887, CSU, Chico is one of the twenty-three California State University system campuses. The 16,000 student, residential campus provides a beautiful setting for reflection and learning. The campus grounds feature historic brick buildings, paved level pathways, a creek that runs year-round through the middle of campus, and a beautiful setting within a natural arboretum.

Sierra Neveda Brewery

Sierra Nevada Brewery

Chico is home to Sierra Nevada Brewery, the 10th largest brewery in the nation. They provide an impressive tour of their facility, including the brew process, bottling and packaging lines. Sierra Nevada has an unwavering commitment to the environment and tours also highlight their use of fuel cells as well as practices of recycling, heat recovery, CO2 recovery, energy efficiency, water conservation and byproduct recycling.

Gateway

Bidwell Mansion & The Gateway Science Museum

Bidwell Mansion state park, adjacent to the Chico State campus, is the historic home of John and Annie Bidwell, founders of Chico. Tours are offered daily of this three story, pink Victorian mansion, which during its time featured very modern indoor plumbing, gas lighting and water systems. The Gateway Science Museum is 100 yards from Bidwell Mansion. It was opened in Spring 2010 and provides a hands-on learning environment to explore, interpret, and celebrate the magnificent natural heritage of our region.

Sierra Oro Farm Trail

Sierra Oro Farm Trail

The Sierra Oro Farm Trail is a non-profit association of farmers and business people in Butte County with a shared passion for agriculture and our community, highlighting not only an enthusiasm for local agriculture but also an excitement to share it with visitors to the area. Member farms and wineries share the bounty and heritage of Butte County agriculture by opening their doors for tastings and tours.

New Clairvaux Vineyard

New Clairvaux Vineyard

The Abbey of New Clairvaux is a community of Cistercian or “Trappist” monks that was founded in 1955. New Clairvaux’s Vina location, 20 miles north of Chico, is noted for its deep, fertile loam soils and mild climate, which enabled the site to blossom under the ownership of Peter Lassen during California’s colonial days, and later as Leland Stanford’s Great Vina Ranch, the world’s largest vineyard, winery and distillery by 1890. Today, Father Paul Mark Schwan, Abbot of the New Clairvaux monastery, and Aimee Sunseri, fifth generation California winemaker, have combined their vision and passion for wine and history to create a unique and memorable wine experience. Also of interest, the Abbey of New Clairvaux is also home to The Sacred Stones project — the reconstruction of an 800 year old Chapter House from a Cistercian monastery in Oliva, Spain.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Heather Quilici
Conference & Event Coordinator
hquilici@csuchico.edu
530.898.5673