The Parrot Playhouse is an interactive experience for kids of all ages. If you have never visited it or haven't been in for a while, you should come check it out. You might just see a few new birds flying around!
There are so many ways at Turtle Bay to show your loved ones you care. A personally engraved Turtle from our River of Turtles program, a membership the whole family can enjoy, or simply taking time to go for a walk.
We love the Botanical Gardens and come here all the time. My daughter enjoys participating in the Redding Rocks. She has so much fun finding the hidden rocks and painting new ones.
Turtle Bay Museum offers hands-on learning experiences for kids which help with child development and problem solving skills.
Fall/Winter Hours: Wednesday - Friday, 9am - 4pm | Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 4pm | Closed Monday & Tuesday
We are members at Turtle Bay and love coming here. It is the best place in Redding to bring our kids. It is safe, fun, and educational.
The museum is our favorite part of Turtle Bay. All the different exhibitions and exhibits keep our kids engaged, while having fun learning. Everything is really hands-on and they love pulling, winding, and spinning everything they can.
The first time we came here, we kind of stumbled upon it. I remember being blown away by all they had to offer and how well-kept the gardens were. I told my wife "we have to get the kids here!"
The learning opportunities that are offered for my kids at Turtle Bay are incredible. The exhibitions are always rotating and there are always new things for them to learn and engage with. Everything is very hands-on, and that is an extremely effective way to teach kids
"We came here about 12 years ago on our way up to Oregon."
I love bringing my son here because every time he is as excited as he was the first time we visited. He loves playing with the water features, checking out the fish, and build things with the Legos. We always have a good time when we come here.
The trails are my favorite thing here. I like to bring my dogs so they can socialize, and it is a safe and secure.
"I'm a member of Turtlebay because I feel it's really important to support the type of places that we want in our community, and Turtle Bay checks off a bunch of those boxes for me. It's got great trails, there are shady places to grab a picnic, and the botanical gardens are really beautiful." - Turtle Bay Member
Aquatic Adventures is a series of several different programs featuring the animals of the Sacramento River, the journey of the Chinook Salmon and the water ecosystem as a whole. These interpretive programs occur daily and can easily be visited over and over to learn about the many topics.
A Turtle Bay membership is an investment in your family and community. Your tax-deductible membership helps us care for our animals, book and plan educational exhibitions and programs, and more! As a member, you can make a difference while also enjoying the Park and perks.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park is thrilled to announce plans to build a new state-of-the-art Animal Recovery Center (ARC) inside Wildlife Woods at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California, thanks to a generous $200,000 donation from Senator Maurice and Marianne Johannessen.
Part of what we do here at Turtle Bay Exploration Park is providing a safe home for animals who otherwise don’t have a home. It’s very exciting to grow our flock to about 43 birds total inside the Parrot Playhouse at Turtle Bay!
Meet Slinky! The newest edition to our animal family. Slinky is a long-tailed weasel.
Nashi was found at only a couple days old. She had been chewed on by rats and her tail was completely de-sheathed (skin was missing), it was so damaged that it had to be removed. She was taken in by the humane society and came to Turtle Bay at about one year of age in spring 2008
This is Wedge our Chuckwalla. Wedge is captive-born and came to Turtle Bay as a baby in 2009.
Chuckwallas are found in the deserts of southeastern California, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah, western Arizona, eastern Baja California, and northwestern Mexico.
We do not know his exact history; however, most likely someone captured him and kept him as a pet. He was malnourished and his shell became deformed, most likely due to a lack of calcium. It is hardened now, but the plastron is still not shaped correctly. He also had a respiratory disease common to captive desert tortoises and he cannot be released into the wild.
Grey foxes live throughout North America from Southern Canada to Central America and Northern South America. They like all different types of habitat from deserts to forest, but prefers areas with lots of brush and trees. Eating mostly small mammals like mice, rabbits and voles, also insects, berries, nuts, and other fruits and vegetables they find. Grey fox are known to live 6-10 years in the wild; 15 years or more in captivity.
With Turtle Bay’s Adopt-an-Animal program, you can choose an animal to be a part of your family. Your gift will play an important role in feeding and supporting these cute and curious critters under the care of trained Turtle Bay staff. All animals need lots of love and support, and now you can help provide them with it.
This is Cricket, our featured animal this week for the Adopt-An-Animal program. Cricket was part of a barn owl conservation release program. He was held back as an education animal. He arrived at Turtle Bay at 8-weeks old. The trainers named him Cricket for the chirping noise barn owls make when they meet each other at the nest site. Cricket is one of the most reliable animals we use in our educational shows at Turtle Bay.
This is Loki, our featured animal this week for the Adopt-An-Animal program. Loki was found as an orphan in the spring of 2011 at only about 4-weeks old. Being an invasive species, he could not be released back into the wild. He joined us here at Turtle Bay at 6-weeks old and was raised by our animal trainers.
Join us for our Black Friday Sale to save 25% off all store inventory from 8:30am to noon, Friday November 24th. The museum store offers a wide assortment of items including Turtle Bay, Redding, and California souvenirs, jewelry, one-of-a-kind gifts, local merchandise, as well as, fun and educational toys for all ages.
The California Arts Council just made a BIG announcement for our little district: Redding Cultural District has been chosen as one of the first to receive the state’s California Cultural District designation! The new district includes downtown Redding and Turtle Bay Exploration Park!
North State Giving Tuesday is a 14 hour online giving day created by Shasta Regional Community Foundation to build philanthropy and celebrate the nonprofits in Shasta and Siskiyou counties that make our region a great place to live.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - October has been an exciting month at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, due in-part to the grand openings of three new exhibitions in the museum; Material Culture: Form, Function & Fashion; Art Exposed: Turtle Bay’s Permanent Collection; and Smokejumpers.
The National Smokejumper Association presents this exhibition about the fascinating history of the United States Forest Service Smokejumper program. Guests will learn what it takes to be a Smokejumper, dive into the history of fire suppression in the United States, explore how the program came about, and even discover its role in homefront defense during WWII.
This past weekend, Turtle Bay opened Material Culture; Form, Function and Fashion - a unique exhibition curated in-house from our own collection of textiles and materials. this touchy-feely exhibition goes back into pre-history; takes a journey down the Silk Road; examines the roots of the Industrial Revolution; looks at the concept of fashion; and takes a peek at the future of fabric.
U.S. Bank presented a check for $15,000 to provide critical operating support to Turtle Bay Exploration Park, as part of the “Play” pillar of its Community Possible Grant Program.
"The first thing that my grandkids want to do when they come to town is run to the River of Turtles to find their Turtle."
"Turtle Bay is such an asset to the community and I wished that more people realized that. At almost anytime you walk across the bridge you can hear so many different languages."
We are happy to announce that our very popular River of Turtles program has just been relaunched and turtles are now available for purchase!