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BEC Programs

Current Programs

BEC's ongoing programs are designed to impact multi-generational understanding of ways we can collectively support a healthier future for all. We are presently experiencing a time that provides an opportunity to empower cultural shifts in the way we view our connection to our environment. Activating the next generation of environmental leaders and consistently offering campaigns for civic engagement is a key goal for BEC moving forward.


  • The Recycling and Rubbish Education Program: A Butte County funded program that seeks to educate Butte County's community about the solid waste stream and the importance of the 4R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (compost). The RARE program provides FREE hands-on, interactive, and fun educational workshops for ages K-12 in the areas of Recycling, Compost, and Auto Oil Recycling.


  • Urban Forest Tree Planting with the City of Chico: BEC has partnered with the City of Chico on a 3-year grant with Cal-Fire to increase the number of its urban street trees. As the city embarks on this urban forest planting campaign, BEC will serve as the lead non-profit partner to organize and host an Earth Day weekend tree pick-up and planting event. BEC will utilize its strong connections with environmental groups including Chico Tree Advocates, Butte County Master Gardeners and CSU, Chico Community Action Volunteer and Education (CAVE) to assist with outreach of optimal sites for planting in the spring of 2020 and planting efforts on the weekend of tree pickup.


  • Oaks Restoration Program: Through the generous funding and support from the California Wildlife Foundation, the Butte Environmental Council has been able to provide the community that enjoys Bidwell Park consistent opportunities to gain knowledge, improve wildlife habitat and care for sensitive oak woodlands in our region. This project supports the goals of the Bidwell Park Master Management Plan including; involvement of the public in oak woodlands restoration; increasing oak recruitment; and supplemental oak planting.


  • Community Forum Series: This program, ignited as a response to increased involvement in Butte County environmental policies following the Camp Fire, is a six part climate change focused community forum series designed to engage community discussion and provide scientific based education on complex environmental issues as they arise and take form.