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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Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge, Shared Science
Jan
26
to May 5

Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge, Shared Science

  • 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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Last Call: An Intoxicating History of Alcohol
Feb
16
to May 12

Last Call: An Intoxicating History of Alcohol

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

From happy accidents to complex chemistry, explore the deep history of alcoholic beverages in Turtle Bay’s newest exhibition, Last Call: An Intoxicating History of Alcohol. Last Call will be on display February 16, through May 12 and features many hands-on elements. Match glasses to drinks! Take a docent-led field sobriety test and explore the ever-evolving sociology surrounding our connection to ethanol.

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Discovery Camp: You're the Artist!
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Discovery Camp: You're the Artist!

Children ages 7-12 are invited to join educators and volunteers for the day! You become the artists as we explore different media including painting, weaving, and more! Get inspired by art work around the museum or the natural landscapes outside our doors. All materials are included. Please register by February 1, 2019. Cost: $45 for members/$55 for non-members.

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Discovery Camp: Colorful Chemistry
Feb
22
9:00 AM09:00

Discovery Camp: Colorful Chemistry

Children ages 7-12 are invited to join educators and volunteers for the day! Discover the colorful world of chemistry through scientific experiments and activities. We will provide the safety goggles and lab coats (safety first!) as you discover the fascinating world of chemistry! Cost: $45 for members/$55 for non-members.

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Little Explorers: Be An Artist
Feb
28
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Be An Artist

Mini Monet, Pipsqueak Picasso, you can be an artist too! Discover different forms of art, experiment with colors, and so much more! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park admission

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Charlie Rabbit & Friends
Mar
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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Volunteer Info Hour
Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

Volunteer Info Hour

Interested in learning about volunteering with Turtle Bay? Join us in the Museum classroom to learn about volunteering at opportunities available in our departments, including Education, Horticulture, Animal Care, Special Events, and more! RSVP to Volunteer Coordinator Katie Fredericks at kfredericks@turtlebay.org or 530-242-3130.  Must be 13 years old or older to volunteer.

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The Art of Wine Tasting
Mar
2
5:00 PM17:00

The Art of Wine Tasting

Join Moseley Family Cellars and their chief winemaker and sommelier, Ashley Pierce, for an evening of wine education including tastings and aroma training while visiting our latest exhibition, Last Call: An Intoxicating History of Alcohol. Light snacks will be available. Space is limited for this 21+ only event. Questions? Call 530-242-3191.

$30 for members / $40 for non-members

Online Registration Form Coming Soon

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Little Explorers: Me and My Family
Mar
7
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Me and My Family

March Theme: Me and My Family
What makes you unique? Discover special qualities about yourself and your family! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park admission

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Garden Class: Soil
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Class: Soil

  • Turtle Bay’s Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A healthy garden starts with healthy soil. Ken Waranius, owner of Redding Compost Tea, will teach us about the importance of nutrition-dense soil in organic gardening. Topics include soil biology, chemistry and physics as well as composting and soil testing. Meet in Turtle Bay’s 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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Family 2nd Saturday: Out of this World
Mar
9
11:00 AM11:00

Family 2nd Saturday: Out of this World

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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Girl Scouts: Brownies Adventure Through Space
Mar
9
2:00 PM14:00

Girl Scouts: Brownies Adventure Through Space

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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Little Explorers: Me and My Family
Mar
14
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Me and My Family

March Theme: Me and My Family
What makes you unique? Discover special qualities about yourself and your family! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park admission

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 Science Saturday: Welcome to Planet Earth
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Science Saturday: Welcome to Planet Earth

This month for Science Saturday, bundle up and join us as we explore the many properties of dry ice. From coins that scream and ghostly bubbles, we hope you’re brave enough for the task. Come find out more about dry ice and what makes it so cool! Free for Members / Included with Park admission.

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Little Explorers: Me and My Family
Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Me and My Family

March Theme: Me and My Family
What makes you unique? Discover special qualities about yourself and your family! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park admission

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Garden Class: Drought Tolerant Landscaping
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Class: Drought Tolerant Landscaping

  • urtle Bay’s Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Drought and heat tolerant gardening aren’t limited to cacti and rock. Low water gardens can be colorful, interesting and attract lots of pollinators.  Join Turtle Bay Horticulture volunteer, Kelly Williams, for a vivid PowerPoint tour of xeriscape possibilities for the Redding climate. Weather permitting, there will be a short walk into the botanical gardens following the presentation. Meet in Turtle Bay’s 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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Jeans, Jewels & Jazz Auction: American Graffiti
Mar
23
5:30 PM17:30

Jeans, Jewels & Jazz Auction: American Graffiti

Mark your calendar for Redding’s premier auction, “Jeans, Jewels, & Jazz: American Graffiti.” Indulge your inner child and join us at what promises to be a righteous evening featuring a wide variety of exciting items in both the silent and live auctions. Individual tickets are $75 per person, to include an amazing assortment of hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Patron tables available for $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000. Don’t miss the fun!

For more information or to purchase tickets or a patron table, call (530) 242-3153.

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Little Explorers: Me and My Family
Mar
28
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Me and My Family

March Theme: Me and My Family
What makes you unique? Discover special qualities about yourself and your family! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park admission

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Little Explorers: Eggs-actly!
Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Eggs-actly!

April Theme: Eggs-actly!
What animals hatch from eggs? Be prepared to learn egg-specially interesting things about eggs! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park admission.

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Spring Plant Sale - Members
Apr
5
4:00 PM16:00

Spring Plant Sale - Members

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Garden Nursery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our ever-popular, heirloom vegetables are featured at the Spring plant sale and they sell out fast! Additionally, we also have an enormous stock of unusual, drought-tolerant, hard-to-find perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as California native plants and a wide variety of sought-after ornamental grasses, all grown here in our Nursery and acclimated to Redding’s vigorous climatic conditions. Sale includes a 25% discount for the public and a 35% discount for Turtle Bay members. New Memberships will be available for purchase at the gate.

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Sensory Hour at the Museum
Apr
6
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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Spring Plant Sale - Public
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Spring Plant Sale - Public

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Garden Nursery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our ever-popular, heirloom vegetables are featured at the Spring plant sale and they sell out fast! Additionally, we also have an enormous stock of unusual, drought-tolerant, hard-to-find perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as California native plants and a wide variety of sought-after ornamental grasses, all grown here in our Nursery and acclimated to Redding’s vigorous climatic conditions. Sale includes a 25% discount for the public and a 35% discount for Turtle Bay members. New Memberships will be available for purchase at the gate.

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Charlie Rabbit & Friends
Apr
6
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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Paint Night at the Museum - April Flowers
Apr
6
4:30 PM16:30

Paint Night at the Museum - April Flowers

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Museum Classroom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Paint Night at the Museum - April Flowers

The special edition of Paint Night at the Museum is open to anyone 16+ so invite your friends and register today! No experience is necessary as local artist and art instructor, Lura Wilhelm, will guide you as you create your take-home masterpiece. Materials will be provided, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register online or call 530-242-3112. Online registration form coming soon.

Cost: $20 for members and $30 for non-members, only at Turtle Bay! Cancellations made within 48 hours will not be refunded.

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Week of the Young Child - Pop-up Story Time
Apr
9
10:00 AM10:00

Week of the Young Child - Pop-up Story Time

  • Children’s Garden, McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrate Week of the Young Child! Turtle Bay will be hosting a pop-up story time to encourage early literacy and learning. Join us for a story, healthy snack and fun activities. Free!

Children’s Garden, McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
1155 Arboretum Drive, Redding, CA

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Week of the Young Child -  It’s A Big World!
Apr
11
9:00 AM09:00

Week of the Young Child - It’s A Big World!

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

Continue the celebration of Week of the Young Child! Enjoy fun activities throughout the Park and more with community partners. Join us at 10 am for an exciting story time. Special event admission is free for children 5 & under. Each child 5 & under admits one adult free of charge. Children ages 6 & older and additional adults are half price.

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Little Explorers: Eggs-actly!
Apr
11
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Eggs-actly!

April Theme: Eggs-actly!
What animals hatch from eggs? Be prepared to learn egg-specially interesting things about eggs! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park admission.

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Family 2nd Saturday: Sustainability
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Family 2nd Saturday: Sustainability

April Theme: Sustainability - Join our educators and volunteers as we explore ways to take better care of our world. Meet local hobbyists, investigate plastics and recycling, and discover ways to reduce waste and live sustainably. Free for Members / Included with Park admission.

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The Choices We Make
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

The Choices We Make

Try your hand at a field sobriety test with the Redding Police Department. Try on a pair of Fatal Vision®  goggles and attempt to perform simultaneous multiple tasks that are required for driving. At 1 pm join in on a special presentation, Intoxiclock, by A Sobering Choice.

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Maker Wednesday: Keys, Buttons, and Touchpads!
Apr
17
1:00 PM13:00

Maker Wednesday: Keys, Buttons, and Touchpads!

In this edition of Maker Wednesdays, turn everyday objects, like bananas, into a touchpad! Join as we use Makey Makeys, devices that use alligator clips and wires to turn many objects into buttons and keys. Play a video game with play dough buttons or make your friend into a bongo! Materials are included.

Free for Member/ Included with park admission.

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Little Explorers: Eggs-actly!
Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Eggs-actly!

April Theme: Eggs-actly!
What animals hatch from eggs? Be prepared to learn egg-specially interesting things about eggs! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park admission.

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Whole Earth & Watershed Festival - Redding City Hall
Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Whole Earth & Watershed Festival - Redding City Hall

  • Redding City Hall & Sculpture Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The annual Whole Earth & Watershed Festival is a free community-wide celebration with activities for all ages that celebrate the social, economic, and environmental solutions for us and our planet while enhancing the health and livability of the North State region.  You can help us celebrate by visiting Turtle Bay's booth and learning about how YOU can take responsibility for the amazing world that is all around us. Visit www.wholeearthandwatershedfestival.org for more information.

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Little Explorers: Eggs-actly!
Apr
25
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Eggs-actly!

April Theme: Eggs-actly!
What animals hatch from eggs? Be prepared to learn egg-specially interesting things about eggs! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park admission.

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Little Explorers: Be An Artist
Feb
21
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Be An Artist

Mini Monet, Pipsqueak Picasso, you can be an artist too! Discover different forms of art, experiment with colors, and so much more! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park admission

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Maker Wednesday: Tiny Sculptures
Feb
20
1:00 PM13:00

Maker Wednesday: Tiny Sculptures

The maker movement is upon us! Join Turtle Bay educators and volunteers to explore a different making activity each program. Let your creativity and curiosity thrive as we build, collaborate, learn and make together! Can you draw in 3D? Create a mini masterpiece with our 3D doodle pens. Fashion a bracelet, build an action figure, or make a unique piece of art!

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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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Science Saturday: Dry Ice Exploration
Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

Science Saturday: Dry Ice Exploration

This month for Science Saturday, bundle up and join us as we explore the many properties of dry ice. From coins that scream and ghostly bubbles, we hope you’re brave enough for the task. Come find out more about dry ice and what makes it so cool! Free for Members / Included with Park admission.

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Garden Class: Indoor Propagation for Vegetables and Perennials
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Class: Indoor Propagation for Vegetables and Perennials

Dreaming of your spring garden while perusing seed catalogs on cold winter nights? February is an ideal time to get a head start on Spring. Join Turtle Bay’s Nursery Specialist Lynne Klocke and Horticulture Manager Lisa Endicott to learn about easy (and productive) indoor home seed starting and other types of plant propagation for your spring garden!

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Little Explorers: Be An Artist
Feb
14
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Be An Artist

Mini Monet, Pipsqueak Picasso, you can be an artist too! Discover different forms of art, experiment with colors, and so much more! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park admission

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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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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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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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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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Little Explorers: Be An Artist
Feb
7
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Be An Artist

Mini Monet, Pipsqueak Picasso, you can be an artist too! Discover different forms of art, experiment with colors, and so much more! 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. Free for Members / Included in Park 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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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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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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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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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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Redding Cultural Cruise (Day 1)
Jan
25
4:00 PM16:00

Redding Cultural Cruise (Day 1)

Join us for this annual City-wide event and celebrate the openings of Turtle Bay’s fifth West Coast Biennial Art Exhibition, the annual Famous Artists Student Art Show, and Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science. This year’s juror, Carrie Lederer will speak at 3 pm, before the event, and Biennial prizes will be awarded at 6pm.

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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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