Springville is home to SCICON, known and recognized around the world. SCICON is the Outdoor School of Science and Conservation operated by Tulare County Office of Education. SCICON is located eight miles above Springville in the foothills of eastern Tulare County at an elevation between 2,000 and 3,500 feet above sea level. Within this 1100-acre campus there are over 17 miles of hiking trails, a museum of natural history, planetarium, observatory, raptor center and
amphitheater for evening activities. Numerous cabins adorn the campus as housing for students, teachers and staff. SCICON is a resident outdoor education facility. Each week approximately 200 sixth-grade students throughout Tulare County come to SCICON for
5 days to learn about science and conservation and to experience nature at its best. Students attend daily instructional trails as
well as participate in evening recreational activities.
Each year in April, the Friends of SCICON hosts their Annual SCICON Barbecue and Wildflower Festival. All students, families and the
general public are invited to SCICON for this beautiful event. The wildflowers are at their peak with hundreds of them in bloom. The SCICON staff is on hand to lead wildflower hikes, bird watching hikes, and nature hikes. The museum, planetarium, observatory and Tree Nursery are open all day. Natural resource agencies staff many different displays. Musical groups from local schools provide live entertainment. For a nominal cost, a delicious meal is provided by
the Friends of SCICON with a traditional deep pit barbecue. There is no charge to attend for the day
To learn more about SCICON click on the link below.