Turtles are a unique group of animals that live from the driest desert to the deep ocean. Some of our native turtles here are the Western Pond Turtle and the Desert Tortoise, which you can see here at Turtle Bay.
Duck decoys to surf boards, chocolate to popcorn. How is it all connected? Explore Turtle Bay’s newest exhibition, Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science, on display January 26, 2019 through May 5, 2019.
Skunks are known for their stinky odor, but did you know that they only spray if they think their life is in danger? When skunks are afraid, they stomp their feet, backup, and scrape the ground to warn predators that they mean business. They can spray their pungent odor up to 14 feet in a stream or a mist.
Badgers are very intelligent animals. Despite having a really ferocious reputation, they’re actually fairly docile and solitary. Badgers are equipped with large front claws for digging, as they go after their favorite food of underground rodents. They can actually dig over 3 feet per minute!
Vultures are the single most important scavengers in the world. Turkey vultures are able to consume so many different types of viruses and bacterias that would normally kill other animals. Things like salmonella, anthrax, and even botulism. Because of this incredible immune system, vultures are really important with keeping us healthy.
This “mystery object” received an overwhelming number of votes in our visitor poll! A mystery no more, this head rest was accessioned into the Turtle Bay museum collection in 1978 with the description, “head rest from the Turkana culture of Northwestern Kenya; used to protect hairdos while sleeping and to keep bugs from getting into hair; carried with a sash worn around the waist and is sometimes used as a stool.” So, now you know!
Turtle Bay Exploration Park took part in an online regional fundraising effort to benefit and raise awareness for over 170 organizations. The 14-hour giving event raised a total of $870,075 and allowed our community to contribute to many causes.
Sparkling and vibrant, these decorative beaded “whimsies” were likely handcrafted by members of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy of the Northeastern United States and Canada sometime between the middle 19th and early 20th centuries.
Community leaders and Turtle Bay supporters gathered on October 23, 2018 for a special dedication ceremony, recognizing the opening of the Senator Maurice and Marianne Johannessen Animal Recovery Center, a new multi-use building that allows Turtle Bay to give the best possible care to its animal ambassadors.
Thank you all for coming out and making Oktoberfest such a successful fundraiser this past Saturday at Turtle Bay! Great beer, tasty food, live music, Oktoberfest-themed outfits, live animals, and so much more were enjoyed by all and we look forward to seeing you all here next year for Oktoberfest!
Presented as a “Mystery Object” in our recent visitor poll (We knew what it was, but our guests wanted to know too!), guests selected this set of Pomo gambling, or gaming, sticks as September’s Artifact of the Month. Our guests sure love a good mystery!
We all jumped back into our cars and rushed into the Park to start our evacuation protocols. Looking back now, it is so unreal. As we were running around packing up animals, I couldn’t believe how well each mammal kenneled when we asked. With our adrenaline pumping, they surely felt that something was wrong.
The Mosaic Gallery in the Mosaic Restaurant features quarterly exhibitions of work from Northstate artists organized by Turtle Bay Exploration Park. It operates as a sale gallery to support local artists and arts education at Turtle Bay. Featured Artist: Jim Phillips “A Decade in Low Relief”
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.