Incredible Inventions
Sep
29
to Jan 4

Incredible Inventions

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From ball bearings to gears, to architecture, everything we create today is built on a strong foundation of ancient science and engineering. Created by Artisans of Florence, fifty highly interactive stations let families follow in the footsteps of Archimedes the father of Science, Roman engineer Marcus Vitruvius, and the great Leonardo Da Vinci.

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Between Two Worlds
Oct
6
to Jan 13

Between Two Worlds

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Told by the people themselves, this exhibition from the Center for Lao Studies tells the refugees’ stories in their own words; tracing their lives after the Secret War, and of their journeys from their homes in Laos to reeducation camps to refugee camps to finding new homes in the United States.

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Animal Spotlight Program
Jan
4
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Spotlight Program

On Fridays at 2pm inside the Mill Building, meet the real stars of Turtle Bay… the animals! This meet and greet will bring out a different animal each week for you to meet up close with one of the trainers. Hear the special stories about these amazing animal ambassadors.



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Charlie Rabbit & Friends
Jan
5
10:00 AM10:00

Charlie Rabbit & Friends

  • McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have gardening fun and get your wiggles out in the Gardens (or Greenhouse in rain). Charlie Rabbit features gardening and nature activities for young children, their siblings, parents and grandparents. Wear your favorite gardening clothes! Meet at the West Entrance of Gardens, 1155 Arboretum Dr. (located off of Arboretum Drive next to the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Nursery). Free with Park or Garden admission.                                                             

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Animal Spotlight Program
Jan
11
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Spotlight Program

On Fridays at 2pm inside the Mill Building, meet the real stars of Turtle Bay… the animals! This meet and greet will bring out a different animal each week for you to meet up close with one of the trainers. Hear the special stories about these amazing animal ambassadors.



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Garden Class: Fruit Tree Selection and Cultivation
Jan
12
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Class: Fruit Tree Selection and Cultivation

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This session will be taught by Certified Arborist Rico Montenegro of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundations.. Learn about fruit tree selection, IPM or natural techniques of pest control, soils and fertilization, how to train young and newly planted trees and pruning methods that include ways to maintain fruit trees in a compact or reduced size. Also learn an introduction on how to restore old, neglected and abused fruit trees and information applicable to all types of trees. Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office - 1135 Arboretum Drive (office inside Nursery, next to Greenhouse).

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Family 2nd Saturday: Just Add Water
Jan
12
11:00 AM11:00

Family 2nd Saturday: Just Add Water

Abundant, mysterious and an absolute necessity – water is a unique and fascinating substance. Join our educators and volunteers for colorful activities and exciting demonstrations that explore water and its properties! From painting with watercolors to watching water defy gravity – there will be activities for everyone is the family to enjoy.

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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Jan
12
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side animal show. This 30 minute adventure will have you face-to-face with some of our favorite animals as they fly, crawl, or walk on by. A fun time for all ages that you will not soon forget. Free for Members / Included with Park admission.

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Between Two Worlds: Closing Ceremony
Jan
12
6:00 PM18:00

Between Two Worlds: Closing Ceremony

Free and open to the public! Please join Center for Lao Studies for the closing ceremony for Between Two Worlds. Panelists will include local Lao and Iu-Mien community members from Redding who will share their personal stories, tracing their lives from Laos to Redding following the Vietnam war. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and experience the exhibition with the people who created it. The ceremony will conclude with traditional instrumental performances followed by light refreshments and appetizers.  

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Animal Spotlight Program
Jan
18
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Spotlight Program

On Fridays at 2pm inside the Mill Building, meet the real stars of Turtle Bay… the animals! This meet and greet will bring out a different animal each week for you to meet up close with one of the trainers. Hear the special stories about these amazing animal ambassadors.



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Science Saturday: People of the Forest
Jan
19
11:00 AM11:00

Science Saturday: People of the Forest

Forests play an important role in our lives. We use forest products every day from the food we eat to the paper we use. Forests provide clean air, water, and economic opportunities. Join us and smokejumpers from the US Forest Service to learn about the art of crosscut sawing (and even give it a try!) and things you can do to help care for the natural resources around us. Come meet Smokey Bear and learn about fire prevention from 1 – 2 pm in the Museum!

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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Jan
19
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side animal show. This 30 minute adventure will have you face-to-face with some of our favorite animals as they fly, crawl, or walk on by. A fun time for all ages that you will not soon forget. Free for Members / Included with Park admission.

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West Coast Biennial
Jan
25
to Apr 28

West Coast Biennial

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Turtle Bay’s fifth Biennial opens on Redding’s Cultural Cruise, January 25! This exhibition features art in diverse media from emerging and established artists working on the West Coast. Prizes will be awarded at 6 pm and this year’s juror, artist and curator Carrie Lederer, will speak at 3 pm, before the event begins. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite piece to receive the People's Choice Award.

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Animal Spotlight Program
Jan
25
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Spotlight Program

On Fridays at 2pm inside the Mill Building, meet the real stars of Turtle Bay… the animals! This meet and greet will bring out a different animal each week for you to meet up close with one of the trainers. Hear the special stories about these amazing animal ambassadors.



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Sensory Hour at the Museum
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Sensory Hour at the Museum

We are proud to open our Museum doors with our lights dimmed, minimal sounds, and a relaxed atmosphere. Sensory Hour is an exclusive event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families to experience the Museum. This program is free, however pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information and to register, please call 530-242-3108.

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Roots of Wisdom
Jan
26
to May 5

Roots of Wisdom

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Discover the unique partnership between cutting-edge western science and traditional indigenous knowledge in Turtle Bay’s newest exhibition, Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge, Shared Science, on display January 26 through May 5. Though the voices of elders and youth, storytelling, and hands-on activities, join the growing movement toward sustainability and the age-old ingenuity of indigenous practices.

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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side animal show. This 30 minute adventure will have you face-to-face with some of our favorite animals as they fly, crawl, or walk on by. A fun time for all ages that you will not soon forget. Free for Members / Included with Park admission.

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Animal Spotlight Program
Feb
1
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Spotlight Program

On Fridays at 2pm inside the Mill Building, meet the real stars of Turtle Bay… the animals! This meet and greet will bring out a different animal each week for you to meet up close with one of the trainers. Hear the special stories about these amazing animal ambassadors.



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Charlie Rabbit & Friends
Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Charlie Rabbit & Friends

  • McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have gardening fun and get your wiggles out in the Gardens (or Greenhouse in rain). Charlie Rabbit features gardening and nature activities for young children, their siblings, parents and grandparents. Wear your favorite gardening clothes! Meet at the West Entrance of Gardens, 1155 Arboretum Dr. (located off of Arboretum Drive next to the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Nursery). Free with Park or Garden admission.                                                             

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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Feb
2
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side animal show. This 30 minute adventure will have you face-to-face with some of our favorite animals as they fly, crawl, or walk on by. A fun time for all ages that you will not soon forget. Free for Members / Included with Park admission.

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Animal Spotlight Program
Feb
8
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Spotlight Program

On Fridays at 2pm inside the Mill Building, meet the real stars of Turtle Bay… the animals! This meet and greet will bring out a different animal each week for you to meet up close with one of the trainers. Hear the special stories about these amazing animal ambassadors.



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Girl Scouts: Introductory Patch Day
Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Girl Scouts: Introductory Patch Day

Forests, birds, fish and more! Establish an appreciation and awareness of California’s North State region and its people through a self-led tour at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Upon arrival, all participants will receive a booklet to help lead them through Turtle Bay. Complete your booklet and receive a Turtle Bay patch! This patch program is available for Girl Scouts of all ages.

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Family 2nd Saturday: Art Studio
Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

Family 2nd Saturday: Art Studio

Joins us every month for Family 2nd Saturday at Turtle Bay! This month, join us in Zubie’s Classroom for a guided creative session led by local high school art students from U-Prep. Workshops are on a first come, first serve basis and each is different from the last. Children must be accompanied by an adult to participate in the workshops. Materials will be provided.

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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side animal show. This 30 minute adventure will have you face-to-face with some of our favorite animals as they fly, crawl, or walk on by. A fun time for all ages that you will not soon forget. Free for Members / Included with Park admission.

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Animal Spotlight Program
Feb
15
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Spotlight Program

On Fridays at 2pm inside the Mill Building, meet the real stars of Turtle Bay… the animals! This meet and greet will bring out a different animal each week for you to meet up close with one of the trainers. Hear the special stories about these amazing animal ambassadors.



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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Feb
16
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side animal show. This 30 minute adventure will have you face-to-face with some of our favorite animals as they fly, crawl, or walk on by. A fun time for all ages that you will not soon forget. Free for Members / Included with Park admission.

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North State Giving Tuesday
Nov
27
6:00 AM06:00

North State Giving Tuesday

North State Giving Tuesday brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for our local non-profits during the 14 hour online giving challenge. We inspire people to give generously to non-profits making our region stronger; creating a thriving community for all. 

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