Genome: Unlocking Life's Code
Sep
21
to Jan 2

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

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

Do you have your dad’s dimples? Your mom’s curly hair? What makes us, us? Discover what genomic science can tell us about disease, where we fit into the natural world, and even how humans populated the planet in this high-tech & high-intensity exhibition, that takes us deep inside ourselves to explore the mysteries of the human genome. 

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Mystery of the Mayan Medallion
Sep
28
to Jan 12

Mystery of the Mayan Medallion

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

Experience what it’s like to be an archaeologist, biologist, or astromathematician as you explore the world of the ancient Maya and uncover clues that will lead you to a long-lost and priceless medallion. Delve into science, language, history, and mathematics in this hands-on, immersive “treasure hunt” of an exhibition.

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Fall Plant Sale
Oct
5
to Oct 31

Fall Plant Sale

Fall is the best time to plant most hardy perennial plants & shrubs in our area. Our Fall Sale focuses on hardy perennial plants including California natives, grasses, many unusual flowering plants, evergreen groundcovers and shrubs. Free gardening advice will be available throughout the day from Arboretum and Botanical Gardens staff and volunteers. Come early – some plants sell out fast!

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Big Blue Blocks
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Big Blue Blocks

Play, build, and create with our Big Blue Blocks! Children build a new world each time they play. The Big Blue Blocks are child-directed and open-ended; they encourage self-expression through deep, joyful play. Play with our Big Blue Blocks and unlock children’s creative spirit! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders
Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders

October Theme: Nighttime Wonders
“Hoot, hoot, hoot!” is just one of the many nighttime sounds we hear. What animals come out only at night? Come and find out what they are doing when you are sound asleep. Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Rockin' Reptiles
Oct
24
2:00 PM14:00

Rockin' Reptiles

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether slithering through the grass or swimming through the ocean, all reptiles have many things in common.  But what makes each one unique? Come meet some of our scaly or slithering ambassadors in this up-close encounter, with different animals presented each week.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 


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Animal Relationships
Oct
25
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Relationships

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are all related through our DNA. Through our family trees, we can follow our ancestry and learn how we are connected!  Did you know that animals also have “family trees” that can be followed through taxonomy? Come to this engaging program and learn how some of Turtle Bay’s animals relate to each other or even to the animals in your home. 

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Sensory Hour at the Museum
Oct
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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Garden Tour: A Walk with the Horticulture Manager
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Tour: A Walk with the Horticulture Manager

  • Arboretum & Botanical Gardens West Gate (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring your notebooks and cameras for this participant-driven program. We’ll make our way through the Gardens with frequent stops for discussions about (what else?) plants! This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of plant life and best practices by hearing from our in-house expert. Included with Park or Garden admission/ Free for members.

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

Survival Indoor Animal Show

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do animals survive in the harsh and dangerous wild? How do they protect themselves, stay warm and get enough food? Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side summer 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.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders
Oct
31
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders

October Theme: Nighttime Wonders
“Hoot, hoot, hoot!” is just one of the many nighttime sounds we hear. What animals come out only at night? Come and find out what they are doing when you are sound asleep. Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Rockin' Reptiles
Oct
31
2:00 PM14:00

Rockin' Reptiles

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether slithering through the grass or swimming through the ocean, all reptiles have many things in common.  But what makes each one unique? Come meet some of our scaly or slithering ambassadors in this up-close encounter, with different animals presented each week.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 


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Animal Relationships
Nov
1
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Relationships

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are all related through our DNA. Through our family trees, we can follow our ancestry and learn how we are connected!  Did you know that animals also have “family trees” that can be followed through taxonomy? Come to this engaging program and learn how some of Turtle Bay’s animals relate to each other or even to the animals in your home. 

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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

Charlie Rabbit & Friends

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

Get out your wiggles and have a ton of fun at Turtle Bay’s Gardens (or Greenhouse if it rains)! Charlie Rabbit features gardening and nature activities for young children, their siblings, parents and grandparents. Remember to 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). Included with Park or Garden admission/ Free for members.

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

Survival Indoor Animal Show

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do animals survive in the harsh and dangerous wild? How do they protect themselves, stay warm and get enough food? Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side summer 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.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Big Blue Blocks
Nov
3
1:00 PM13:00

Big Blue Blocks

Play, build, and create with our Big Blue Blocks! Children build a new world each time they play. The Big Blue Blocks are child-directed and open-ended. This activity encourages self-expression through deep, joyful fun. Come play with our Big Blue Blocks and unlock your child’s creative spirit! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Little Explorers: Birds
Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Birds

November Theme: Birds
Big birds, small birds, short birds, tall birds! Let’s learn about them all! Why do they have feathers? Does the early bird always catch the worm? Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Read for the Record!
Nov
7
11:30 AM11:30

Read for the Record!

Read for the Record is a global campaign that generates public support for high-quality, early learning and highlights the importance of building children’s vocabulary and love for reading. Children and adults worldwide will be gathering to read Thank You, Omu! Join us to help Turtle Bay set the record for Shasta County! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Rockin' Reptiles
Nov
7
2:00 PM14:00

Rockin' Reptiles

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether slithering through the grass or swimming through the ocean, all reptiles have many things in common.  But what makes each one unique? Come meet some of our scaly or slithering ambassadors in this up-close encounter, with different animals presented each week.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 


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Animal Relationships
Nov
8
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Relationships

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are all related through our DNA. Through our family trees, we can follow our ancestry and learn how we are connected!  Did you know that animals also have “family trees” that can be followed through taxonomy? Come to this engaging program and learn how some of Turtle Bay’s animals relate to each other or even to the animals in your home. 

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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

Survival Indoor Animal Show

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do animals survive in the harsh and dangerous wild? How do they protect themselves, stay warm and get enough food? Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side summer 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.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Little Explorers: Birds
Nov
14
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Birds

November Theme: Birds
Big birds, small birds, short birds, tall birds! Let’s learn about them all! Why do they have feathers? Does the early bird always catch the worm? Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Rockin' Reptiles
Nov
14
2:00 PM14:00

Rockin' Reptiles

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether slithering through the grass or swimming through the ocean, all reptiles have many things in common.  But what makes each one unique? Come meet some of our scaly or slithering ambassadors in this up-close encounter, with different animals presented each week.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 


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Animal Relationships
Nov
15
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Relationships

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are all related through our DNA. Through our family trees, we can follow our ancestry and learn how we are connected!  Did you know that animals also have “family trees” that can be followed through taxonomy? Come to this engaging program and learn how some of Turtle Bay’s animals relate to each other or even to the animals in your home. 

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Science Saturday: Sustainable Science
Nov
16
11:00 AM11:00

Science Saturday: Sustainable Science

Learn more about the importance of keeping our beautiful Earth healthy. Join us and get the whole family involved in fun crafts, games, activities, and science experiments all about sustaining our World. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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

Survival Indoor Animal Show

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do animals survive in the harsh and dangerous wild? How do they protect themselves, stay warm and get enough food? Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side summer 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.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Big Blue Blocks
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Big Blue Blocks

Play, build, and create with our Big Blue Blocks! Children build a new world each time they play. The Big Blue Blocks are child-directed and open-ended. This activity encourages self-expression through deep, joyful fun. Come play with our Big Blue Blocks and unlock your child’s creative spirit! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Little Explorers: Birds
Nov
21
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Birds

November Theme: Birds
Big birds, small birds, short birds, tall birds! Let’s learn about them all! Why do they have feathers? Does the early bird always catch the worm? Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Rockin' Reptiles
Nov
21
2:00 PM14:00

Rockin' Reptiles

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether slithering through the grass or swimming through the ocean, all reptiles have many things in common.  But what makes each one unique? Come meet some of our scaly or slithering ambassadors in this up-close encounter, with different animals presented each week.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 


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Animal Relationships
Nov
22
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Relationships

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are all related through our DNA. Through our family trees, we can follow our ancestry and learn how we are connected!  Did you know that animals also have “family trees” that can be followed through taxonomy? Come to this engaging program and learn how some of Turtle Bay’s animals relate to each other or even to the animals in your home. 

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Recycle Day at Turtle Bay
Nov
23
10:00 AM10:00

Recycle Day at Turtle Bay

Save your candy bar wrappers, granola bar packages, chip bags, and snack bags of any size and bring them on over to Turtle Bay to be recycled! Let’s keep these items from ending up at the overflowing landfill and recycle them with TerraCycle. Join us and enjoy free games, face painting, and other fun activities for the whole family! FREE event on the Coffee Bar Terrace.

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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Nov
23
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do animals survive in the harsh and dangerous wild? How do they protect themselves, stay warm and get enough food? Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side summer 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.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Maker Wednesday: Storybook Doodles
Nov
27
1:00 PM13:00

Maker Wednesday: Storybook Doodles

Can you draw in 3D? Trace a character from a storybook and bring them to life with our 3D doodle pens. Help us create a better book by building characters for people to touch! Let your creativity and curiosity thrive as we build, collaborate, learn and make together! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Little Explorers: Birds
Nov
28
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Birds

November Theme: Birds
Big birds, small birds, short birds, tall birds! Let’s learn about them all! Why do they have feathers? Does the early bird always catch the worm? Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Rockin' Reptiles
Nov
28
2:00 PM14:00

Rockin' Reptiles

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether slithering through the grass or swimming through the ocean, all reptiles have many things in common.  But what makes each one unique? Come meet some of our scaly or slithering ambassadors in this up-close encounter, with different animals presented each week.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 


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Animal Relationships
Nov
29
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Relationships

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are all related through our DNA. Through our family trees, we can follow our ancestry and learn how we are connected!  Did you know that animals also have “family trees” that can be followed through taxonomy? Come to this engaging program and learn how some of Turtle Bay’s animals relate to each other or even to the animals in your home. 

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Garden Tour: A Walk with the Horticulture Manager
Nov
30
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Tour: A Walk with the Horticulture Manager

  • Arboretum & Botanical Gardens West Gate (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring your notebooks and cameras for this participant-driven program. We’ll make our way through the Gardens with frequent stops for discussions about (what else?) plants! This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of plant life and best practices by hearing from our in-house expert. Included with Park or Garden admission/ Free for members.

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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Nov
30
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do animals survive in the harsh and dangerous wild? How do they protect themselves, stay warm and get enough food? Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side summer 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.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Big Blue Blocks
Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

Big Blue Blocks

Play, build, and create with our Big Blue Blocks! Children build a new world each time they play. The Big Blue Blocks are child-directed and open-ended. This activity encourages self-expression through deep, joyful fun. Come play with our Big Blue Blocks and unlock your child’s creative spirit! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Little Explorers: Forest Friends
Dec
5
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Forest Friends

December Theme: Forest Friends

Big and small. Short and tall. There are animals all around us!  You may have asked yourself, where do forest animals live, what do they eat, or how do they survive? We will explore these questions and more as we look at our forest friends!  Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Rockin' Reptiles
Dec
5
2:00 PM14:00

Rockin' Reptiles

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether slithering through the grass or swimming through the ocean, all reptiles have many things in common.  But what makes each one unique? Come meet some of our scaly or slithering ambassadors in this up-close encounter, with different animals presented each week.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 


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Animal Relationships
Dec
6
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Relationships

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are all related through our DNA. Through our family trees, we can follow our ancestry and learn how we are connected!  Did you know that animals also have “family trees” that can be followed through taxonomy? Come to this engaging program and learn how some of Turtle Bay’s animals relate to each other or even to the animals in your home. 

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Charlie Rabbit & Friends
Dec
7
10:00 AM10:00

Charlie Rabbit & Friends

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

Get out your wiggles and have a ton of fun at Turtle Bay’s Gardens (or Greenhouse if it rains)! Charlie Rabbit features gardening and nature activities for young children, their siblings, parents and grandparents. Remember to 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). Included with Park or Garden admission/ Free for members.

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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Dec
7
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do animals survive in the harsh and dangerous wild? How do they protect themselves, stay warm and get enough food? Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side summer 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.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Paint Night at the Museum: Moonlit Winter
Dec
7
4:30 PM16:30

Paint Night at the Museum: Moonlit Winter

Register today and invite your friends out for Paint Night at the Museum. No experience is necessary as local artist and art instructor, Lura Wilhelm, guides you as you create your take-home masterpiece. One glass of wine and all materials are included. 21+ only, space is limited and pre-registration is required.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE >

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Little Explorers: Forest Friends
Dec
12
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Forest Friends

December Theme: Forest Friends

Big and small. Short and tall. There are animals all around us!  You may have asked yourself, where do forest animals live, what do they eat, or how do they survive? We will explore these questions and more as we look at our forest friends!  Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Rockin' Reptiles
Dec
12
2:00 PM14:00

Rockin' Reptiles

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether slithering through the grass or swimming through the ocean, all reptiles have many things in common.  But what makes each one unique? Come meet some of our scaly or slithering ambassadors in this up-close encounter, with different animals presented each week.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 


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Animal Relationships
Dec
13
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Relationships

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are all related through our DNA. Through our family trees, we can follow our ancestry and learn how we are connected!  Did you know that animals also have “family trees” that can be followed through taxonomy? Come to this engaging program and learn how some of Turtle Bay’s animals relate to each other or even to the animals in your home. 

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Dec
14
9:00 AM09:00

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

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

Floral designer Janet Shields leads this creative and fun holiday workshop. Each participant will create their own fresh, full-size holiday wreath for the front door or family room. All materials provided. Space is limited to 15 participants, adults and youth ages 16+. Cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please call 530-242-3108 to reserve your spot.

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Family 2nd Saturday: Genetics
Dec
14
11:00 AM11:00

Family 2nd Saturday: Genetics

Take on the role of a genome researcher and explore a wide range of activities on DNA and genetics.  Learn about inherited traits you share with your family and what traits are unique to you. Learn about CRISPR and how it can be used. Join Turtle Bay educators, volunteers, and special guests from the National Human Genome Research Institute, Rosann Wise and Dr. Kim Jacoby Morris, to discover the world of genetics! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Dec
14
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do animals survive in the harsh and dangerous wild? How do they protect themselves, stay warm and get enough food? Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side summer 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.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Big Blue Blocks
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

Big Blue Blocks

Play, build, and create with our Big Blue Blocks! Children build a new world each time they play. The Big Blue Blocks are child-directed and open-ended; they encourage self-expression through deep, joyful play. Play with our Big Blue Blocks and unlock children’s creative spirit! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members. Located at the Museum East End. 

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Little Explorers: Forest Friends
Dec
19
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Forest Friends

December Theme: Forest Friends

Big and small. Short and tall. There are animals all around us!  You may have asked yourself, where do forest animals live, what do they eat, or how do they survive? We will explore these questions and more as we look at our forest friends!  Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Rockin' Reptiles
Dec
19
2:00 PM14:00

Rockin' Reptiles

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether slithering through the grass or swimming through the ocean, all reptiles have many things in common.  But what makes each one unique? Come meet some of our scaly or slithering ambassadors in this up-close encounter, with different animals presented each week.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 


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Animal Relationships
Dec
20
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Relationships

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are all related through our DNA. Through our family trees, we can follow our ancestry and learn how we are connected!  Did you know that animals also have “family trees” that can be followed through taxonomy? Come to this engaging program and learn how some of Turtle Bay’s animals relate to each other or even to the animals in your home. 

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Science Saturday: Cool Science
Dec
21
11:00 AM11:00

Science Saturday: Cool Science

Join educators for an ICE time at Turtle Bay. Explore the science behind the cold while investigating dry ice. Involve the whole family with the chilly change of creating a cool masterpiece. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Dec
21
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do animals survive in the harsh and dangerous wild? How do they protect themselves, stay warm and get enough food? Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side summer 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.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Single-Day Camp: Makers in the Making
Dec
26
9:00 AM09:00

Single-Day Camp: Makers in the Making

Innovate, create, and collaborate! Join us for a day of tinkering and technology while we code, program, and make. We’ll explore Scratch, Ozobots, 3D doodle pens, and more! Do you have what it takes to be an innovator extraordinaire? Single-day camp is available for children ages 7 -12. Materials and a snack are provided; participants must bring their own lunch. Pre-registration is required by December 20.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE >

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Little Explorers: Forest Friends
Dec
26
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Forest Friends

December Theme: Forest Friends

Big and small. Short and tall. There are animals all around us!  You may have asked yourself, where do forest animals live, what do they eat, or how do they survive? We will explore these questions and more as we look at our forest friends!  Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Rockin' Reptiles
Dec
26
2:00 PM14:00

Rockin' Reptiles

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether slithering through the grass or swimming through the ocean, all reptiles have many things in common.  But what makes each one unique? Come meet some of our scaly or slithering ambassadors in this up-close encounter, with different animals presented each week.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 


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Single-Day Camp: Art Studio
Dec
27
9:00 AM09:00

Single-Day Camp: Art Studio

You become the featured artist as we explore various forms of printmaking, watercolors, and fiber arts! Join us to learn new forms of art and take home your masterpieces! Single-day camp is available for children ages 7 -12. Materials and a snack are provided; participants must bring their own lunch. Pre-registration is required by December 20.

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Animal Relationships
Dec
27
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Relationships

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are all related through our DNA. Through our family trees, we can follow our ancestry and learn how we are connected!  Did you know that animals also have “family trees” that can be followed through taxonomy? Come to this engaging program and learn how some of Turtle Bay’s animals relate to each other or even to the animals in your home. 

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Garden Tour: A Walk with the Horticulture Manager
Dec
28
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Tour: A Walk with the Horticulture Manager

  • Arboretum & Botanical Gardens West Gate (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring your notebooks and cameras for this participant-driven program. We’ll make our way through the Gardens with frequent stops for discussions about (what else?) plants! This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of plant life and best practices by hearing from our in-house expert. Included with Park or Garden admission/ Free for members.

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Survival Indoor Animal Show
Dec
28
2:00 PM14:00

Survival Indoor Animal Show

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do animals survive in the harsh and dangerous wild? How do they protect themselves, stay warm and get enough food? Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side summer 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.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Noon Year's Eve Party
Dec
31
9:00 AM09:00

Noon Year's Eve Party

Why wait ‘til midnight to see the ball drop when you can celebrate at noon!  Join us for Noon Year’s Eve at Turtle Bay by sharing your New Year’s resolution, creating a fun party hat and celebrating the start of 2020 together! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members.

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Single-Day Camp: Animation
Jan
2
9:00 AM09:00

Single-Day Camp: Animation

Discover the art of stop motion filmmaking and other animation styles. Make your props, collaborate on stories, and record your own short film! Single-day camp is available for children ages 7 -12. Materials and a snack are provided; participants must bring their own lunch. Pre-registration is required by December 20.

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Single-Day Camp: Junior Scientists
Jan
3
9:00 AM09:00

Single-Day Camp: Junior Scientists

Become a laboratory scientist as we conduct messy and sometimes explosive experiments. Discover chemical reactions, make your own slime, and more! Join us to unleash your inner scientist! Single-day camp is available for children ages 7 -12. Materials and a snack are provided; participants must bring their own lunch. Pre-registration is required by December 20.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE >

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Paint Night at the Museum: Dia de los Muertos
Oct
19
4:30 PM16:30

Paint Night at the Museum: Dia de los Muertos

Invite your friends and register today for Paint Night at the Museum. No experience is necessary as local artist and art instructor, Lura Wilhelm, will guide you as you create your take-home masterpiece. One glass of wine and all materials are included. 21+ only, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost: $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE >

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

Survival Indoor Animal Show

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do animals survive in the harsh and dangerous wild? How do they protect themselves, stay warm and get enough food? Join us for this up close and personal experience with some of the stars of the Walk on the Wild Side summer 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.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Science Saturday: Spooky Science
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Science Saturday: Spooky Science

Break out your inner mad scientist with Turtle Bay educators for festive science experiments. Activities are based around Halloween themes and are sure to get you into the spooky spirit! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members

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Garden Class: Tree Selection and Care
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Class: Tree Selection and Care

Trees in a landscape and our urban forest are critical assets, providing property accents by creating structure, habitat, fruit, shade, etc; they are also important investments for homeowners and our communities in many different ways. Join Consulting Certified Arborist, Horticulturist and Licensed Pest Control Advisor Rico Montenegro, as he shares his expertise about tree selection, correct planting and cultural practices, pruning, disease control and care of older trees.

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Animal Relationships
Oct
18
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Relationships

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are all related through our DNA. Through our family trees, we can follow our ancestry and learn how we are connected!  Did you know that animals also have “family trees” that can be followed through taxonomy? Come to this engaging program and learn how some of Turtle Bay’s animals relate to each other or even to the animals in your home. 

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Rockin' Reptiles
Oct
17
2:00 PM14:00

Rockin' Reptiles

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Mill Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether slithering through the grass or swimming through the ocean, all reptiles have many things in common.  But what makes each one unique? Come meet some of our scaly or slithering ambassadors in this up-close encounter, with different animals presented each week.

Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 


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Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders
Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders

October Theme: Nighttime Wonders
“Hoot, hoot, hoot!” is just one of the many nighttime sounds we hear. What animals come out only at night? Come and find out what they are doing when you are sound asleep. Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Oktoberfest 2019
Oct
12
4:00 PM16:00

Oktoberfest 2019

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Forest Camp (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrate fall with beer, live music, tasty food, and an Oktoberfest-themed costume contest in the Paul Bunyan Forest Camp. Tickets are $15 presale/member or $20 at the door and include your first beer FREE with admission. Additional beers are $5 for a pint and $10 for a tasting flight of 4. All funds raised support the educational programs and exhibitions at Turtle Bay.

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Family 2nd Saturday: Dig It!
Oct
12
11:00 AM11:00

Family 2nd Saturday: Dig It!

Do you like to dig in the dirt? Figuring out stories by putting the pieces together? These are all things archeologists do and maybe you are one too! Join us for family-friendly activities that investigate a day in the life of an archeologist. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders
Oct
10
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders

October Theme: Nighttime Wonders
“Hoot, hoot, hoot!” is just one of the many nighttime sounds we hear. What animals come out only at night? Come and find out what they are doing when you are sound asleep. Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Big Blue Blocks
Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Big Blue Blocks

Play, build, and create with our Big Blue Blocks! Children build a new world each time they play. The Big Blue Blocks are child-directed and open-ended; they encourage self-expression through deep, joyful play. Play with our Big Blue Blocks and unlock children’s creative spirit! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Field Trip Open House
Oct
3
4:00 PM16:00

Field Trip Open House

Calling all teachers! Learn how Turtle Bay can support your curriculum. Come meet our educators, experience the Museum, and learn about our classes and resources during this after-hours exploration. Enter to win raffle prizes, including a free field trip for up to 30 students, enjoy free refreshments and network with other educational professional attendees. Visit with other regional program to help you plan your field trips with North State partner organizations. This is a free event for teachers and educators.

Please register by calling 530-242-3108 or email jdehate@turtlebay.org.

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Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders
Oct
3
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders

October Theme: Nighttime Wonders
“Hoot, hoot, hoot!” is just one of the many nighttime sounds we hear. What animals come out only at night? Come and find out what they are doing when you are sound asleep. Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Garden Tour: A Walk with the Horticulture Manager
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Tour: A Walk with the Horticulture Manager

  • Arboretum & Botanical Gardens West Gate (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring your notebooks and cameras for this participant-driven program. We’ll make our way through the Gardens with frequent stops for discussions about (what else?) plants! Meet at the West Entrance of Gardens 1155 Arboretum Drive (located off of Arboretum Drive next to the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Nursery). Free for members/ Included with Park or Garden admission

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Teacher Professional Development Workshop – Treasure Boxes
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Teacher Professional Development Workshop – Treasure Boxes

Learn to guide students in using collections of small, interesting objects in an innovative series of mathematics activities. Working with these “treasures” provides fresh and exciting ways for your students to learn and grow. Treasure Boxes is a curriculum guide produced by the Lawrence Hall of Science and works well for preschool – 3rd grade teachers. Participants will receive a curriculum guide, professional growth hours, and an opportunity to collaborate with other teachers. Cost is $30 per participant.

To register, visit www.turtlebay.org/professional-development or call 530-242-3108.

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Little Explorers: Measure Me
Sep
26
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Measure Me

Go beyond measuring tapes and measuring cups. What else can you use to find out how small, big, heavy, light, fast, or slow different objects are? Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Famous Artist Portfolio Program Training
Sep
21
11:00 AM11:00

Famous Artist Portfolio Program Training

This free program allows parents, teachers, and community members to present reproductions of significant artworks to students in the classroom. Attend this workshop to learn about the program and how you can bring art into the classroom. Portfolios are organized by grade level with follow-up art activities.

To register, call 530-242-3148 or email famousartists@turtlebay.org 

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Science Saturday: Genetics
Sep
21
11:00 AM11:00

Science Saturday: Genetics

All living things have DNA. Take on the role of a genome researcher and explore a wide range of activities focused on DNA and genetics.  Learn about inherited traits you share and what traits are unique to you. Join Turtle Bay educators and volunteers with hands-on activities that will engage the whole family and don’t forget to check out our newest exhibition, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.  Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members

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Little Explorers: Measure Me
Sep
19
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Measure Me

Go beyond measuring tapes and measuring cups. What else can you use to find out how small, big, heavy, light, fast, or slow different objects are? Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Caffeinate for a Cause
Sep
19
7:00 AM07:00

Caffeinate for a Cause

REDDING, CA – Join Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Dutch Bros. Coffee on Thursday, September 19, 2019, for “Caffeinate For a Cause”, an annual fundraiser event benefiting Turtle Bay’s work in cultural and science education, from care and feeding of the animals to subsidizing school field trips to booking blockbuster exhibitions.

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Big Blue Blocks
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

Big Blue Blocks

Play, build, and create with our Big Blue Blocks! Children build a new world each time they play. The Big Blue Blocks are child-directed and open-ended; they encourage self-expression through deep, joyful play. Play with our Big Blue Blocks and unlock children’s creative spirit! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Family 2nd Saturday: Fall Fun
Sep
14
11:00 AM11:00

Family 2nd Saturday: Fall Fun

As the leaves, apples, and acorns fall from the trees – join our educators and volunteers to explore gravity and other forces in the autumnal season. Crunch, rip, or smoosh leaves in our sensory bins, create your own paper helicopter and more! Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members

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Garden Class: Native Plants for Every Garden
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Class: Native Plants for Every Garden

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

California's native plants are beautiful, tough, water thrifty and helpful to wildlife. Join us to learn about some of the best for your garden. Meet at Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office - 1135 Arboretum Drive (Next to Greenhouse in Nursery). Cost: Members and Turtle Bay volunteers FREE, nonmembers $3.

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Little Explorers: Measure Me
Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Measure Me

Go beyond measuring tapes and measuring cups. What else can you use to find out how small, big, heavy, light, fast, or slow different objects are? Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Final Fridays - Art by the Bridge
Sep
7
5:00 PM17:00
Art

Final Fridays - Art by the Bridge

  • Art Walk at Turtle Bay Exploration Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Turtle Bay Exploration Park will be showcasing local artists and makers in Final Fridays: Art by the Bridge, a series of monthly art events. Each event features “artist market” style booths, located along the walkway between the Sheraton Redding Hotel and Turtle Bay Exploration Park’s main entrance. Final Fridays: Art by the Bridge is free to the public and provides support and additional exposure to Redding’s vibrant art community. The series will run May through September 2019, allowing Turtle Bay guests to come together and enjoy our beautiful outdoors near the gateway to the Sundial Bridge.

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Charlie Rabbit & Friends
Sep
7
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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Little Explorers: Measure Me
Sep
5
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Measure Me

Go beyond measuring tapes and measuring cups. What else can you use to find out how small, big, heavy, light, fast, or slow different objects are? Little Explorers is a weekly educational program for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. This play-based environment encourages children to explore, discover, investigate and create. Included with paid Park admission/ Free for Members 

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Sundial Bridge Tour
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Sundial Bridge Tour

Join Turtle Bay Docents on a FREE interpretive tour of the Sundial Bridge. This exciting tour will provide you with in-depth information about the building of the bridge, how it works, and stories from many of the people involved in the project, including the inspiration of the designer, Santiago Calatrava. Tours meet at the South End of the Sundial Bridge.

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Garden Tour: A Walk with the Horticulture Manager
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Tour: A Walk with the Horticulture Manager

  • Arboretum & Botanical Gardens West Gate (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring your notebooks and cameras for this participant-driven program. We’ll make our way through the Gardens with frequent stops for discussions about (what else?) plants! Meet at the West Entrance of Gardens 1155 Arboretum Drive (located off of Arboretum Drive next to the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Nursery). Free for members/ Included with Park or Garden admission

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