SCICON BBQ and Wildflower Festival
The SCICON BBQ and Wildflower Festival is sponsored by Tulare County Office of Education and the Friends of SCICON. The BBQ is held annually on the third Sunday in April. This is a day when families and individuals of all ages are invited to tour and enjoy the SCICON campus. Festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and all BBQ visitors receive a commemorative wildflower poster by local Springville artist Frances Pyles.
At the BBQ, SCICON staff are on hand to lead wildflower walks and nature hikes. The SCICON museum of natural history, the planetarium, and the observatory are open all day, while wildlife shows can be seen in the SCICON Raptor Center. Resource agencies such as Sequoia National Forest, CAL FIRE, and the Tulare County Conservation Corps will have educational displays and activities. There are special activities just for children such as building bird nesting boxes, face painting and meeting “Smokey the Bear.”
Two thousand pounds of beef is served with the famous SCICON BBQ sauce as part of the barbecue lunch available. Meal ticket donations are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors (sixty and over) and $5.00 for children (twelve and under). All proceeds from the meal go to the Friends of SCICON to benefit the SCICON program.
In September and January, SCICON hosts an open house for sixth graders and their families with staff on hand to answer questions and give tours. The open house is from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students and their families may bring a picnic lunch to eat in the picnic area.
Dates for the open house are determined in August.