Exploration Classes

August 31, 2016 - January 26, 2017

March 15, 2017 - April 27, 2017

Offered 9 a.m. - Noon, Wednesdays & Thursdays (unless otherwise noted)

Exploration Classes offer interactive, informational and experiential opportunities that are designed to inspire your students. All programs are 60 minutes and your group may stay and enjoy the rest of the park after your class.

Animals! Animals! Animals!

Limited dates – book early!

Grades K-12  

Offered 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Fridays

September 29, 2017 – February 2, 2018

Is it a predator or is it prey?  Does it live on land, in water, or in the air?  How do animals survive life in the wild?  Unlock the mysteries of animals as we explore their incredible world.  Get an up-close and personal look at the animals of Turtle Bay with this staff led program.  The Animal Care staff will be happy to customize this program to fit your curriculum on any animal related topic you are studying.  Classes will be tailored to each grade level.

Light & Sound  

Grades K-1

Learn about light and sound waves in this fun and hands-on program.  Students will conduct experiments to discover the behavior, and effects of light and sound waves.  Experiments will focus on different types of energy and how energy affects our daily lives.

Matter Matters

Grades K-2

Discover the many qualities of matter in this exciting and hands-on program.  Students will use the scientific method to investigate the states of matter and they will conduct experiments to build on their understanding of why matter really matters.

Life Cycles

Grades K-2

Metamorphosis and more!  From the simple life cycles of mammals to the more complex life cycles of insects and amphibians, students will learn about different life stages through hands-on activities. Use this great program as a springboard to start your life cycle unit or as reinforcement at the end.

Exploring the Forest

Grades K-3  

Discover a forest’s history by learning about tree "cookies”. How old are the trees, and what types of challenges have they faced?  Uncover a world of forest wildlife that sometimes goes unseen and discover the relationships between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the forest.  This class provides hands-on activities from the Project Learning Tree curriculum and utilizes forest biofacts.

Wintu Ways

Grades 2-6

Did you know that Turtle Bay sits on what was once Wintu territory?  Sit in the replica Wintu bark house and discover how the Wintu used to use natural materials for shelter, food and tools and learn how they continue to use these materials for baskets, regalia and more, today.  This class will bring to life traditional and contemporary Native American life ways with artifacts and hands-on activities.

Aqua Ecology

Grades 2-6

Water is one of the most necessary and life-supporting resources found on our planet.  Students will conduct a simulated bio-assessment of a stream by sampling aquatic macroinvertebrates.  By learning the process by which macroinvertebrates are assessed, results are recorded and pollution tolerance indexes are determined.  Students are given the opportunity to learn monitoring techniques of local waters.

Earth Rocks!

Grades 3-4

Students will engage in activities designed to help them understand the characteristics of the three main rock types and the rock cycle.  Students will have the opportunity to discover the natural history of Redding and experience a variety of Earth’s processes.

Exploring Nanoscience

Grades 3-6

Students will learn the “Ins and Outs” of Nanoscale Science, scientific research that happens at the scale of atoms and molecules.  They will discover that some things have different properties at a smaller scale, which allows scientists and engineers to create new materials and devices. Students will investigate how nano can already be involved in our every day lives through various hands-on activities.

Forest Ecology

Grades 4-6

Forests around the world are so much more than just trees! Using hands-on activities, students will learn about forest biology, the flow of energy, and the cycling of matter throughout the ecosystem. Students will also get a chance to see forest biofacts and learn all that tree rings can tell us about the forests of yesterday.

Planetary Process

Grades 5-6

Volcanoes and earthquakes are the movers and shakers of this class as students explore different processes that shape and mold the earth. Students will participate in hands on experiments and activities as well as observe examples of some of these ongoing processes.