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
Teacher Workshops & Orientations
2022-23 Student and Family Events
Field Science Day
Friday, February 17, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Middle and high school students, and community college students are invited to conduct original research on the vernal pool ecosystems and the animals that depend on them.
Saturday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This event offers nature exploration activities for the whole family: BioBlitz, wildlife habitat planting, guided nature walks, birding, hiking, and much more. This event is bilingual and co-sponsored with Alianza Ecologista.
Meet the Circle J-Norris Ranch Director
While teaching at Monache High School, Amanda and her students had been actively engaged in the Circle J program, supporting their classroom learning with hands-on environmental studies at the ranch.
Amanda will continue the work of the program to create unique environmental lessons for all elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students in Tulare County. Circle J offers students and their teachers opportunities for experiential learning and ongoing research. Circle J is also home to the UC Merced/SCICON Field Station, which offers Tulare County students insight into the work of UC researchers.
Tulare County Office of Education
Tim A. Hire, County Superintendent of Schools
P.O. Box 5091
Visalia, CA 93278-5091