go to Tulare County Office of Education HomePage go to Tulare County Office of Education HomePage
The Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation

Important Information regarding
TCOE and the Coronavirus

March 31, 2020

Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SCICON will be closed to all students until further notice.

March 12, 2020

Tulare County Public Health Department has announced the first positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) is still being advised that the risk to the students and staff remains low. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling all TCOE student events effective, March 12, 2020 through April 13, 2020.

These TCOE events include, but are not limited to, STEAM Expo, Poetry & Prose, Friday Night Live Lip Sync, Access to Higher Education, Tulare-Kings College and Career EXPO, all SCICON trips and Planetarium shows. The public is encouraged to contact their local school districts for updates regarding district specific events.

We continue to be in regular contact with local, county and state officials, including the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Governor, in order to support local school districts plan appropriate practices to keep our students, staff, and community safe. We will continue to keep the community informed as the conditions in Tulare County change. We encourage you to stay informed by visiting the Tulare County Public Health Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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.

to Top of Page

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

| Home Page | Site Index |

Please direct web site problems or comments to tcoeweb@tcoe.org.

Copyright © 2020, Tulare County Office of Education