Just over 100 years ago, World War I saw dramatic changes in military tactics including the introduction of large-scale trench warfare. The conventional weapons issued by most of the involved armies at the beginning of the conflict were not suited to hand-to-hand combat…
We are finding strength together during this time of tragedy. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the brave service men and women working tirelessly on the frontlines of the wildfires. We will overcome this tragedy together as one community.
Where some people see junk, others see potential. Local artists converge for this exhibition of recycled, upcycled, and just plain rescued art! This group-curated pop-up features work by established and emerging artists working in a wide variety of media for a limited time, now through August 3, 2018 in the East End of the Museum at Turtle Bay in Redding, CA.
The Turtle Bay Museum Collection consists of over 35,000 historical, ethnographic, and archaeological artifacts and artworks. It is amalgam of the collections of the former Redding Museum of Art and History and The Forest Museum and includes objects acquired after the museums merged into Turtle Bay. Today, Turtle Bay is not actively collecting due to lack of funding, space, and personnel.
Thanks to a generous donation at our 2018 auction, the Education & Programs Department was able to put on an additional, fourth week of summer camp named “Inventor’s Workshop”! During this week of Discovery Camp, we welcomed 16 children between the ages of 7-12 to partake in a wide range of activities that your donations made possible. We were also able to offer two campers full scholarships during this week.
Friday, March 2, 2018 - Babe's Corral is officially OPEN and ready for action, thanks to the generous support from First Five Shasta and their ongoing support for this newest forest-themed playground attraction for our youngest guests. Today's ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated that partnership and both organizations look forward to having a greater impact on those served in Shasta County.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park is thrilled to announce plans to build a new state-of-the-art Animal Recovery Center (ARC) inside Wildlife Woods at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California, thanks to a generous $200,000 donation from Senator Maurice and Marianne Johannessen.
Part of what we do here at Turtle Bay Exploration Park is providing a safe home for animals who otherwise don’t have a home. It’s very exciting to grow our flock to about 43 birds total inside the Parrot Playhouse at Turtle Bay!
Join us for our Black Friday Sale to save 25% off all store inventory from 8:30am to noon, Friday November 24th. The museum store offers a wide assortment of items including Turtle Bay, Redding, and California souvenirs, jewelry, one-of-a-kind gifts, local merchandise, as well as, fun and educational toys for all ages.
The Parrot Playhouse is an interactive experience for kids of all ages. If you have never visited it or haven't been in for a while, you should come check it out. You might just see a few new birds flying around!
Nashi was found at only a couple days old. She had been chewed on by rats and her tail was completely de-sheathed (skin was missing), it was so damaged that it had to be removed. She was taken in by the humane society and came to Turtle Bay at about one year of age in spring 2008
The California Arts Council just made a BIG announcement for our little district: Redding Cultural District has been chosen as one of the first to receive the state’s California Cultural District designation! The new district includes downtown Redding and Turtle Bay Exploration Park!
There are so many ways at Turtle Bay to show your loved ones you care. A personally engraved Turtle from our River of Turtles program, a membership the whole family can enjoy, or simply taking time to go for a walk.
North State Giving Tuesday is a 14 hour online giving day created by Shasta Regional Community Foundation to build philanthropy and celebrate the nonprofits in Shasta and Siskiyou counties that make our region a great place to live.
This is Wedge our Chuckwalla. Wedge is captive-born and came to Turtle Bay as a baby in 2009. Chuckwallas are found in the deserts of southeastern California, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah, western Arizona, eastern Baja California, and northwestern Mexico.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - October has been an exciting month at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, due in-part to the grand openings of three new exhibitions in the museum; Material Culture: Form, Function & Fashion; Art Exposed: Turtle Bay’s Permanent Collection; and Smokejumpers.
The National Smokejumper Association presents this exhibition about the fascinating history of the United States Forest Service Smokejumper program. Guests will learn what it takes to be a Smokejumper, dive into the history of fire suppression in the United States, explore how the program came about, and even discover its role in homefront defense during WWII.
We do not know his exact history; however, most likely someone captured him and kept him as a pet. He was malnourished and his shell became deformed, most likely due to a lack of calcium. It is hardened now, but the plastron is still not shaped correctly. He also had a respiratory disease common to captive desert tortoises and he cannot be released into the wild.
Turtle Bay Museum offers hands-on learning experiences for kids which help with child development and problem solving skills. Fall/Winter Hours: Wednesday - Friday, 9am - 4pm | Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 4pm | Closed Monday & Tuesday
Fall has come and the colors are bright and beautiful throughout the gardens at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Enjoy this video and come see for yourself soon, before the leaves have fallen! #ThisIsTurtleBay
Grey foxes live throughout North America from Southern Canada to Central America and Northern South America. They like all different types of habitat from deserts to forest, but prefers areas with lots of brush and trees. Eating mostly small mammals like mice, rabbits and voles, also insects, berries, nuts, and other fruits and vegetables they find. Grey fox are known to live 6-10 years in the wild; 15 years or more in captivity.
This past weekend, Turtle Bay opened Material Culture; Form, Function and Fashion - a unique exhibition curated in-house from our own collection of textiles and materials. this touchy-feely exhibition goes back into pre-history; takes a journey down the Silk Road; examines the roots of the Industrial Revolution; looks at the concept of fashion; and takes a peek at the future of fabric.
With Turtle Bay’s Adopt-an-Animal program, you can choose an animal to be a part of your family. Your gift will play an important role in feeding and supporting these cute and curious critters under the care of trained Turtle Bay staff. All animals need lots of love and support, and now you can help provide them with it.
The museum is our favorite part of Turtle Bay. All the different exhibitions and exhibits keep our kids engaged, while having fun learning. Everything is really hands-on and they love pulling, winding, and spinning everything they can.
This is Cricket, our featured animal this week for the Adopt-An-Animal program. Cricket was part of a barn owl conservation release program. He was held back as an education animal. He arrived at Turtle Bay at 8-weeks old. The trainers named him Cricket for the chirping noise barn owls make when they meet each other at the nest site. Cricket is one of the most reliable animals we use in our educational shows at Turtle Bay.