at Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp is an educational hub modeled after an old-time forest camp similar to ones all over Shasta County a hundred years ago. North State forests and wildlife are the heart of the Mill Building, and visitors delight in viewing the animals and exploring the hands-on exhibits.

In addition to the Mill Building, the Paul Bunyan campus consists of outdoor play equipment, a water feature, an amphitheater that hosts our seasonal animal show, the Parrot Playhouse, our year-round aviary featuring Lorikeets, and our seasonal Butterfly House.


Forest Adventure Playground

Now open for older children and adults featuring a climbing tower, super slide, climbing wall, zip line, and more!

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Babe's Corral Playground

Designed for younger children featuring a balance log, ADA accessible nest swing, log tunnel, Osprey nest with slide, par course, and more!

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Mill Building

Multi-functional exhibition and event hall located in the heart of Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp featuring animal exhibits, educational resources and much more!

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Parrot Playhouse

Visitors experience up-close colorful lories, or lorikeets, in our year-round, walk-through aviary. Guests interact with these birds as they land on guests' head, arms, and eat nectar from a cup.

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Forest Amphitheater

Home to the Walk on the Wild Side animal show. An educational show entertains guests while bringing about appreciation for the diversity of animals in our natural world. It seats approximately 400 guests and has recently been renovated with shade sails which make sitting in the summer heat to watch a show easy and enjoyable.


Wildlife Woods

Wildlife Woods consists of natural enclosures that serve as homes for many of the animals living full-time at Turtle Bay Exploration Park.


Stimpel Creek

The mighty Sacramento in miniature! This exhibit traces the river from Mt. Shasta to Turtle Bay. Follow the water as it travels down a lumber flume. Change the course of the river and explore the power of water to run a mill wheel before the stream empties into our tiny Lake Shasta.


Wings of Summer: Butterflies!

The butterfly exhibit offers guests a unique opportunity to see up to 32 species of butterflies found throughout the United States in a tranquil garden enclosure in the summer.

2018 Opening Coming Soon!


Gifford Memorial Picnic Pavilion

The pavilion includes a 1,575 sq. ft. covered structure capable of seating 120 people and can accommodate large school groups and other programing and facility rentals.


Steam Engine

Built in 1884, and donated by Sierra Pacific Industries., our Lima Shay #2 is one of the last of its kind! Ephraim Shay designed this narrow gauge steam engine to haul timber in steep and uneven terrain. The metal components of the log cars came from the LaMoine Lumber Company and are on loan from the US Forest Service.


Elliot Redwood

When this Redwood was planted in 1850, communication by telegraph was creating a revolution and San Francisco had just received its official incorporation as a city. This 29,600 pound Redwood log was donated to Turtle Bay's forestry program by Dennis Elliott and Daughters Logging


Turtle Pond

The Turtle Pond gives visitors an up-close look at a turtle habitat. It is the home to our native western pond turtle, which once flourished in this area, and the invasive red-eared slider, which threatens western pond turtle populations.


Interpretive Forest

Planted by the Forest Museum to demonstrate the importance of trees and forests to our region. It is designed to take you on a journey across the forest ecosystems of Northern California, beginning in the cool, damp, coastal redwood forests near Eureka and ending in the hot, dry, easter pine forests near Susanville.