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The Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation

Bear Creek SCICON is the outdoor school of science and conservation operated by the Tulare County Office of Education. It is located on 1100 acres above Springville. Last year, the school was visited by over 20,000 fifth- and sixth-grade students for a one-day or week-long experience in outdoor education, natural science and conservation. SCICON is a product of over 50 years of school and community involvement. Community support has enabled this state-of-the-art environmental education school to become a model for similar programs throughout the country. SCICON is host to its own natural history museum, raptor center, planetarium and observatory, and tree nursery.

SCICON Logo Questions and/or comments about SCICON may be addressed to:

Dianne Shew, SCICON Administrator
P.O. Box 339, Springville, CA 93265
phone: (559) 539-2642
fax: (559) 539-2643

Prominently displayed with the SCICON logo in the lodge is the phrase: 'SCICON is people working together.' This expression illustrates the leadership, vision and systems that underlie the obvious success of SCICON as a 'gold standard' outdoor science school program. SCICON is a place where people care deeply and work hard toward the shared goal of creating a positive social environment for the students while they explore science concepts in the natural world.

2013 Certification Report
- California Outdoor School Administrators

Click here to read the
State-Funded Outdoor Education Research Report
measuring the impact of outdoor education on at-risk sixth graders in California.

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Tulare County Office of Education
P.O. Box 339, Springville, CA 93265

Dianne Shew, Administrator
(559) 539-2642 • fax: (559) 539-2643

Tim A. Hire, 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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