Aquatic Adventures
Sep
6
to Apr 30

Aquatic Adventures

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

Aquatic Adventures at Turtle Bay are a great chance for all ages to learn about water ecosystems and the importance of the Sacramento River through a variety of fun interpretive programs, including underwater diver interactions, fish and beaver feedings, turtle talks, and training sessions. 

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Art Exposed: Turtle Bay’s Permanent Collection
Oct
28
to Mar 30

Art Exposed: Turtle Bay’s Permanent Collection

From historic landscapes by renowned artists such as William Keith and William Hahn to abstract expressionist works by Manual Neri and Sam Francis, and from Japanese woodblock prints to monumental macramé, hundreds of pieces in dozens of styles in a multitude of media are featured in this eclectic exhibition of Turtle Bay’s art collection.

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Design Zone
Jan
27
to Apr 6

Design Zone

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

Go behind the scenes to see how developers, producers, and designers use math to do amazing things. From the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, this interactive exhibition highlights the relationship between mathematical thinking and the creative process. Explore concepts like patterns, variables, scale, slope, and ratios used by artists, architects, engineers, musicians, and other innovators.

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Teacher Professional Development
Mar
3
9:00 AM09:00

Teacher Professional Development

This popular unit uses the charm of ladybugs to present key science and math concepts relating to animal adaptation, ecology, and interdependence. Children learn about ladybug body structure, symmetry, life cycle, defensive behavior, and foods. This is the perfect addition to preschool – 1st grade science curriculum! 

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Charlie Rabbit and His Friends
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Charlie Rabbit and His 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! Free  

Meet at the West Entrance of Gardens, located off of Arboretum Dr. next to the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Nursery

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Paint Night at the Museum with Lura Wilhelm
Mar
3
5:00 PM17:00

Paint Night at the Museum with Lura Wilhelm

Whether you’re a painter or a person who has never touched a brush, local artist and art instructor, Lura Wilhelm, will guide you in painting your own take-home masterpiece. No experience is necessary. Invite your friends and register today! One glass of wine and all materials are included. 21+ only. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 242-3108 to register. Please note: cancellations made within 48 hours will not be refunded.

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Five and Dime Discount Day
Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

Five and Dime Discount Day

Five and Dime Discount Days is a year-round access program offered by Turtle Bay Exploration Park, offering affordable access to all park visitors on the 5th and 10th of every month, General park admission is reduced to $5 for children and $10 for adults as part of the organization’s mission of providing park access to a growing audience and to improve access for low-income population in Shasta County. Five and Dime Discount Days fall on an assortment of days, including open weekends and weekdays, in order to accommodate a variety of schedules.

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Story Time with Marla Huehmer
Mar
18
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time with Marla Huehmer

Local author, Marla Huehmer, will read her book, Andrew the Blue-Eared Puppy. This story provides insight to parents and children on how to talk about the feelings that come with leaving old friends, encountering different situations, and making new friends. Learn how this unique and artistic book was created, illustrated, and published. Come and be inspired by this heartfelt story and enjoy a special craft that will take you into the world of book illustration.

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Auction 2018
Mar
24
5:30 PM17:30

Auction 2018

Mark your calendar for a stellar evening at Redding’s premier auction, “Jeans, Jewels & Jazz: Out of This World”.  Indulge your inner child and join us at what promises to be a fabulous evening featuring a wide variety of exciting items in both the silent and live Auction.  Tickets are $75 per person, includes 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!

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A Walk With The Horticulture Manager
Mar
31
10:30 AM10:30

A Walk With The Horticulture Manager

  • McConnell 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, located off of Arboretum Dr. next to the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens West Gate. Free for Members / Included in Garden Admission

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Toddler Time: Colors Everywhere!
Apr
2
10:00 AM10:00

Toddler Time: Colors Everywhere!

Calling all toddlers and adults! Join us for a fun-filled, play-based program where both adults and children can explore, create, and discover together! This special program will help children make predictions and observations about colors and shapes. Drop in to participate in various activities and a story time at 10:30 am.

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Discovery Camp: Makers in the Making
Apr
3
9:00 AM09:00

Discovery Camp: Makers in the Making

Join us for a day of tinkering and technology while we create aerodynamic aircrafts, design machines that move, and discover robots with our new Ozobots! Do you have what it takes to be an innovator extraordinaire? Children ages 7-12 are invited to join educators and volunteers for one day or all three! Preregistration required by March 16, 2018. Visit www.turtlebay.org or call 530-242-3108 for information and to register. 

Members $45, nonmembers $55

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Discovery Camp: Junior Scientists
Apr
4
9:00 AM09:00

Discovery Camp: Junior Scientists

Become a laboratory explorer as we conduct messy and sometimes explosive experiments. Learn how to utilize scientific methods as we develop our own slime recipe, create fizzy colorful chaos, and more. We will provide the safety goggles (safety first!) as you discover the fascinating world of science! Children ages 7-12 are invited to join educators and volunteers for one day or all three! Preregistration required by March 16, 2018. Visit www.turtlebay.org or call 530-242-3108 for information and to register. 

Members $45, nonmembers $55

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Discovery Camp: Messy Art
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Discovery Camp: Messy Art

Come dressed in clothes that can get messy as we create different types of art from painting, to collages, and more! Unleash your inner Picasso as we explore the fun required to make fine art. Children ages 7-12 are invited to join educators and volunteers for one day or all three! Preregistration required by March 16, 2018. Visit www.turtlebay.org or call 530-242-3108 for information and to register. 

Members $45, nonmembers $55

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26th Annual Spring Plant Sale
Apr
6
to Apr 7

26th Annual Spring Plant Sale

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

Get your garden going with our ever-popular heirloom vegetables, huge selection 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 plants are propagated in our Nursery and acclimated to Redding’s vigorous climate conditions. Sale includes a 20% non-member discount and a 30% Turtle Bay Member discount.

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Charlie Rabbit and His Friends
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Charlie Rabbit and His 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! Free  

Meet at the West Entrance of Gardens, located off of Arboretum Dr. next to the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Nursery

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Toddler Time: Fizzle, Bubble, Pop!
Apr
9
10:00 AM10:00

Toddler Time: Fizzle, Bubble, Pop!

Calling all toddlers and adults! Join us for a fun-filled, play-based program where both adults and children can explore, create, and discover together! This special program will help children make predictions and observations about what happens when different ingredients are mixed together. Drop in to participate in various activities and a story time at 10:30 am.

Free with Park admission.

Support provided by First 5 Shasta

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Week of the Young Child: Pop-Up Story Time
Apr
17
10:00 AM10:00

Week of the Young Child: Pop-Up Story Time

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

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

Free with Park admission

Children’s GardenMcConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
1155 Arboretum Drive (Turn off Market Street at Dutch Bros.)

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Week of the Young Child: It’s a Big, Big World, So Let’s Take Care of It!
Apr
19
9:00 AM09:00

Week of the Young Child: It’s a Big, Big World, So Let’s Take Care of It!

Continue the celebration of Week of the Young Child! Enjoy fun activities throughout the Park and more with our community partners. Join us at 10 am for a special story time with special guest, Mike Krueger from KRCR News! Special event admission is free for children 5 & under. Each child 5 & under also admits one adult free of charge. Children ages 6 & older and additional adults are half price. Preschool groups may register ahead of time by calling 530-242-3108.  

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Sensory Hour at Turtle Bay
Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Sensory Hour at Turtle Bay

We are proud to open our Museum doors with 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. Our goal is to make Sensory Hour a comfortable environment for children with a variety of sensory differences. Our trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you have, and if necessary, direct you to a quiet space that provides a chance to cool down and take a break.

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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Whole Earth & Watershed Festival
Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Whole Earth & Watershed Festival

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. Visit the Turtle Bay booth at the festival and learn how YOU can take responsibility for the amazing world that is all around us.  Visit www.wholeearthandwatershedfestival.org for more information.

Free

Redding City Hall & Sculpture Park

777 Cypress Ave.

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A Walk With The Horticulture Manager
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

A Walk With The Horticulture Manager

  • McConnell 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, located off of Arboretum Dr. next to the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens West Gate. Free for Members / Included in Garden Admission

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Little Explorers: Measure Me
Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Measure Me

Little Explorers is a weekly program designed for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. 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? Free for members, included in Park admission, only at Turtle Bay!

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Toddler Time – Push & Pull
Feb
19
10:00 AM10:00

Toddler Time – Push & Pull

Calling all toddlers and adults! Join us for a fun-filled, play-based program where both adults and children can explore, create, and discover together! This special program will help children make predictions and observations on how objects are affected when they are pushed or pulled. Drop in to participate in various activities and a story time at 10:30am. Meet in the Mill Building 

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Science Saturday: Everyday Engineering
Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Science Saturday: Everyday Engineering

Science Saturdays are monthly features at Turtle Bay’s museum, designed to inspire wonder, exploration, and appreciation of our world. This month, you’re the engineer! Build towering structures, play with Legos and Keva planks and more. If you’re up to the task, join us for the Mystery Material Challenge in the classroom at 2:00pm where you will compete against other teams and try to build the tallest structure out of the materials.

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Volunteer Workshop
Feb
17
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer Workshop

Learn about volunteering and how YOU can make a difference at Turtle Bay. From working alongside animal ambassadors to mulching in the Gardens and helping at events, there are opportunities for everyone ages 13 and older! Volunteer at Turtle Bay to join our team's mission to inspire wonder, exploration, and appreciation of our world!

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Little Explorers: Measure Me
Feb
15
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Measure Me

Little Explorers is a weekly program designed for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. 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? Free for members, included in Park admission, only at Turtle Bay!

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Toddler Time: The Way Things Move
Feb
12
10:00 AM10:00

Toddler Time: The Way Things Move

Calling all toddlers and adults! Join us for a fun-filled, play-based program where both adults and children can explore, create, and discover together! This special program features activities for children to explore ramps and how objects roll or slide. Drop in to participate in various activities and a story time at 10:30am.

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Family 2nd Saturday: Color, Crafts & Canvas
Feb
10
11:00 AM11:00

Family 2nd Saturday: Color, Crafts & Canvas

Family 2nd Saturday is a monthly program that enhances the visitor’s park experience by offering additional interactive opportunities. This month, celebrate the Chinese New Year by decorating a red envelope to gift. We will also be coloring on canvas bags to take home along with other art activities. Purchase a bag here or bring your own from home. Fabric markers and stencils will be provided. Canvas bags will be sold in the museum for $4.00 each while supplies last. Free for members, included in Park admission, only at Turtle Bay!

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Indoor Plant Propagation for Your Spring Garden
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Indoor Plant Propagation for Your Spring Garden

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

Dreaming of your spring garden while perusing seed catalogs on cold winter nights? January 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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Five and Dime Discount Day
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Five and Dime Discount Day

Five and Dime Discount Days is a year-round access program offered by Turtle Bay Exploration Park, offering affordable access to all park visitors on the 5th and 10th of every month, General park admission is reduced to $5 for children and $10 for adults as part of the organization’s mission of providing park access to a growing audience and to improve access for low-income population in Shasta County. Five and Dime Discount Days fall on an assortment of days, including open weekends and weekdays, in order to accommodate a variety of schedules.

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Little Explorers: Measure Me
Feb
8
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Measure Me

Little Explorers is a weekly program designed for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. 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? Free for members, included in Park admission, only at Turtle Bay!

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Charlie Rabbit & Friends
Feb
3
10:00 PM22:00

Charlie Rabbit & Friends

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

Have fun gardening with plant-related activities for children of all ages with parents/caretakers. Wear your favorite gardening clothes. McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1135 Arboretum Dr. 

Free for Members/Included in Garden Admission $3.

Have Questions? Call (530) 243-8850 

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Little Explorers: Measure Me
Feb
1
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Measure Me

Little Explorers is a weekly program designed for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. 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? Free for members, included in Park admission, only at Turtle Bay!

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Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders
Jan
25
10:00 AM10:00

Little Explorers: Nighttime Wonders

Little Explorers is a weekly program designed for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. “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. Free for members, included in Park admission, only at Turtle Bay!

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Paint Night at the Museum: FULL
Jan
20
5:00 PM17:00

Paint Night at the Museum: FULL

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. Call 242-3108 - $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers, only at Turtle Bay!

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Science Saturday: Explore Dry Ice
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Science Saturday: Explore Dry Ice

Science Saturdays are monthly features at Turtle Bay’s museum, designed to inspire wonder, exploration, and appreciation of our world. This month, 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 in Park admission, only at Turtle Bay! 

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Fruit Tree Selection and Cultivation with Rico Montenegro
Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

Fruit Tree Selection and Cultivation with Rico Montenegro

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

 This session will be taught by Certified Arborist Rico Montenegro of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundations, www.ftpf.org .  This is a class where you will learn about fruit tree selection, IPM or natural techniques of pest control, soils and fertilization, how to train young and newly planted trees, pruning methods that include ways to maintain fruit trees in a compact or reduced size as well as an introduction on how to restore old, neglected and abused fruit trees. This information will be applicable to all types of trees as well.

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