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Student Reception Center
The Student Reception Center at Circle J-Norris Ranch is a model for students of environmental concern and efficiency. The building is built into a hillside, offering natural heating and cooling due to the insulative properties of the soil. The bermed-earth building offers:
  • boys and girls restrooms
  • display cases for interpretive nature exhibits
  • storage for educational materials
  • an office for staff
  • garden spaces for native plantings
  • covered picnic area
A gateway frames Heron Pond and beckons visitors to enter the blue oak woodland for discovery and learning experiences.

A picnic area, two miles of hiking trails, a five-acre pond, a small stream, rolling hills dotted with oak trees, abundant wildlife and geological and archaeological sites are just some of the highlights of the 620-acre field campus. A 360-degree view of mountains, rocky ridges and foothills provide a backdrop for this working cattle ranch.

Circle J-Norris Ranch


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Tulare County Office of Education
Circle J - Norris Ranch
P.O. Box 339, Springville, CA 93265

Nancy Bruce, Lead Teacher
Dianne Shew, SCICON Administrator
(559) 539-2263 • fax: (559) 539-2369



Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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