BBQ invites families to explore outdoor together

Now that spring is in the air, the Tulare County Office of Education is giving families and individuals an opportunity to tour and enjoy SCICON - Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation outdoor education program.

The 46th Annual SCICON Barbecue and Wildflower Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23. SCICON staff will be on hand to lead wildflower walks and nature hikes. The SCICON museum of natural history, the planetarium, and observatory will be open all day. Wildlife shows will be held in the SCICON Raptor Center and resource agencies such as Sequoia National Forest, California Department of Fish & Game, the California Department of Forestry and the California Department of Conservation will have educational displays and activities. There will special activities for children including meeting &#8220Smokey the Bear.” Entertainment will continue through the day with such outstanding acts as the TCOE Theatre Company Performing Troupe and Country Music Hall of Fame fiddler, Del Baker.

Three thousand pounds of beef will simmer underground for 24 hours and will be served with the famous SCICON Barbecue sauce as part of the available lunch. Meal tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (60 and over) and $3 for children (12 and under.) All proceeds from the meal will go to the &#8220Friends of SCICON” to benefit the SCICON program. There is no charge for the day's activities.

Over 15,000 fifth-and sixth-grade students visit the 1,100-acre SCICON campus located in the foothills above Springville. The SCICON Barbecue and Wildflower Festival is sponsored by Tulare County Office of Education and the Friends of SCICON. For more information on the SCICON Barbecue, please call 539-2642.

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