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
2023-24 Student and Family Events
Field Science Day
Friday, February 16, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 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 16, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 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 Education Coordinator
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.