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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Spring Plant Sale
Apr
7
to May 26

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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Garden Tour
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

Garden Tour

  • 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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Sundial Bridge Tours
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Sundial Bridge Tours

Join Turtle Bay docents on a free interpretive tour of the Sundial Bridge. Get 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.

Free.

Tours meet at the South End of the Sundial Bridge

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Charlie Rabbit and His Friends
May
5
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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Sundial Bridge Tours
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Sundial Bridge Tours

Join Turtle Bay docents on a free interpretive tour of the Sundial Bridge. Get 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.

Free.

Tours meet at the South End of the Sundial Bridge

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The World's Largest Dinosaurs
May
5
to Sep 9

The World's Largest Dinosaurs

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The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, a major exhibition on view at Turtle Bay Exploration Park from May 5, 2018 to September 9, 2018, explores the amazing biology of a group of uniquely super- sized dinosaurs: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods. Organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the exhibition draws on paleo-biological research that looks in part to living organisms to make inferences about how these giants—some of which grew to be longer than 150 feet, or the length of four standard city buses—were able to thrive, as a group, for approximately 140 million years.

Through imaginative exhibits—including the exhibition centerpiece, a life-sized, detailed model of a 60- foot-long Mamenchisaurus—The World’s Largest Dinosaurs takes visitors beyond the bones and into the bodies of these titans, shedding light on how heart rate, respiration, metabolism, and reproduction are linked to size. Focusing on the biology and behavior of these diverse creatures, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs uilds on a growing body of research that examines dinosaurs as living animals, primarily through comparisons with modern dinosaur relatives.

Exhibition Organizer
The World's Largest Dinosaurs is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org) in collaboration with Coolture Marketing, Bogotá, Colombia.

Exhibition Sponsorship
The World’s Largest Dinosaurs is presented by Dennis & Sherrill Bambauer with major support from US Bank and Shasta Regional Medical Center with additional support from Pamela Ikuta & Don Burton.

About the American Museum of Natural History - New York, NY
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide- ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.


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Wings of Summer: Butterflies!
May
12
to Jul 8

Wings of Summer: Butterflies!

  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Summer takes flight with Butterflies! – one of Turtle Bay’s most beloved and popular exhibits. Delight in the delicate flutterings of these beautiful and important pollinators in a tranquil, enclosed garden. Release an emerging butterfly! When chrysalises are available, $1 per person

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Bugs and Brownies at Turtle Bay!
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Bugs and Brownies at Turtle Bay!

Become an entomologist and discover the world of bugs at Turtle Bay!  Learn how these little creatures help us in lots of cool ways. Brownies will draw bug posters, see bug collections, and explore bug homes! Brownies will earn the “Bugs” patch through hands-on activities and crafts. Register here: http://girlscoutsnorcal.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2175960&OrgKey=2343  

Please note: Park admission is included for the day of your workshop.
$17 per girl
$10 per adult
Open to girls grades 2-3.

20 minimum/60 maximum

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Family 2nd Saturday: Breathtaking Bugs
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Family 2nd Saturday: Breathtaking Bugs

What they lack in size they make up for in numbers! From butterflies to earthworms, bugs come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. This month, join our volunteers and educators as we discover what makes these creepy crawlies tick. Assemble your own butterfly wings, meet an entomologist (a bug scientist) and learn how to dance like a bee.

Free with Park admission

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Paint Night at the Museum with Lura Wilhelm: Summer Succulents
May
19
4:30 PM16:30

Paint Night at the Museum with Lura Wilhelm: Summer Succulents

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.

Members $25, nonmembers $35

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A Walk With The Horticulture Manager
May
26
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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Turtle Day
May
26
3:00 PM15:00

Turtle Day

Come meet the turtles at Turtle bay and help us celebrate World Turtle Day! Whether you’re in the desert, forest or ocean – turtles are found almost everywhere. This special turtle program will introduce you to the diversity of the turtle world.

Free with Park admission

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Sundial Bridge Tours
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Sundial Bridge Tours

Join Turtle Bay docents on a free interpretive tour of the Sundial Bridge. Get 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.

Free.

Tours meet at the South End of the Sundial Bridge

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Charlie Rabbit and His Friends
Jun
2
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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Sundial Bridge Tours
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Sundial Bridge Tours

Join Turtle Bay docents on a free interpretive tour of the Sundial Bridge. Get 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.

Free.

Tours meet at the South End of the Sundial Bridge

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Family 2nd Saturday: The Wind Tube Challenge
Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

Family 2nd Saturday: The Wind Tube Challenge

What are the best materials and shapes to make something fly? Play with aerodynamics as you build and test many different floating forms that hover and spin in our wind tube! Can you make an object float, spin or swirl? See what shenanigans your creations can perform!

Free with Park admission

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Paint Night at the Museum with Lura Wilhelm: Red Poppy
Jun
9
4:30 PM16:30

Paint Night at the Museum with Lura Wilhelm: Red Poppy

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.

Members $25, nonmembers $35

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Discovery Camp: Crime Scene Investigators
Jun
18
to Jun 22

Discovery Camp: Crime Scene Investigators

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

Monday - Friday, June 18 – 22
9 am – 4 pm

Ever wondered how science is used to catch criminals? Join us as we discover forensic technologies, perform curious experiments, and solve puzzling mysteries. This week you will discover what it takes to be a CSI agent!

Camp is open to 7-12 year olds and is limited to 16 participants. Please register by June 1. For registration information, visit www.turtlebay.org/discovery-camps/ or call 242-3108. Extended care until 5pm is available for an additional fee.  

$170 members/$190 for nonmembers.

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Sundial Bridge Tours
Jun
21
10:00 AM10:00

Sundial Bridge Tours

Join Turtle Bay docents on a free interpretive tour of the Sundial Bridge. Get 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.

Free.

Tours meet at the South End of the Sundial Bridge

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A Passion for Perennials
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

A Passion for Perennials

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

Color, texture, seasonal interest, and habitat value - what more could you ask for from a group of plants? Join Turtle Bay’s Horticulture Manager for an exploration of perennials that thrive beautifully in our area!

Members and Turtle Bay volunteers FREE, nonmembers $3

Meet at Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office - 1135 Arboretum Drive (Next to Greenhouse in Nursery)

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A Walk With The Horticulture Manager
Jun
30
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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Sensory Hour
Apr
22
9:00 AM09:00

Sensory Hour

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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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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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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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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Charlie Rabbit & Friends
Apr
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! 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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Spring Plant Sale - Members
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Spring Plant Sale - Members

  • 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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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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Five and Dime Discount Day
Apr
5
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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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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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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Easter Brunch
Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Brunch

  • Sheraton Redding Hotel / Mosaic Restaurant (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Two venues, 2 amazing events! Come join us in Sheraton's Sundial Ballroom for a spectacular, dazzling sit down buffet, or in Mosaic Restaurant for a spirited and lively Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 1 from 10am-2pm. Turtle Bay Members receive a 10% discount. 

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Ask a Smokejumper & Smokey Bear
Mar
31
11:00 AM11:00

Ask a Smokejumper & Smokey Bear

Join us Saturday, March 31 at 11am for a 30-minute presentation from US Forest Service Smokejumpers in the Mill Building at Turtle Bay! Learn about what they do and how they do it, including the equipment they use, training they go through, and why it's such an important job. At 12 pm enjoy an opportunity to meet Smokey Bear and learn how you can prevent wildfires! Free for Members / Included in Park admission. 

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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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Member Morning with the Easter Bunny
Mar
31
8:00 AM08:00

Member Morning with the Easter Bunny

Join us at Turtle Bay early this Saturday morning as the Easter Bunny comes hopping on by! We are opening the Museum early (at 8am!) for our Members only to join us in some springtime fun. The Members-Only Lounge will be open from 8am - 10am.  Come and enjoy some light refreshments, take a photo with the Easter Bunny, participate in springtime activities, and enjoy early access to Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp!

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Turtle Bay Auction
Mar
24
5:30 PM17:30

Turtle Bay Auction

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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Spike’s Birthday Celebration
Mar
18
12:00 PM12:00

Spike’s Birthday Celebration

Card Making, 12 – 2 pm, Gifford Pavilion
Singing & Presents: 2:30 pm, Spike’s exhibit

Turtle Bay guests are invited to celebrate Spike’s 15th birthday party!  Spike is Turtle Bay’s North American Porcupine and the longest resident mammal at our park. Make a card for her to be displayed at her exhibit, then join us in singing “Happy Birthday”. Spike’s animal caretakers will be presenting her with gifts and a special cake that would make any porcupine’s day.

Free with Park admission

Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp

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Story Time - Andrew the Blue-Eared Puppy
Mar
18
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time - Andrew the Blue-Eared Puppy

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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