at Turtle Bay Exploration Park

More than 14,000 visitors a year experience our school tour programs, from northern California, western Nevada and southern Oregon, to learn about the Sacramento River region, science, art, history, forestry and horticulture. You can make the most of your visit by choosing an option that best works for you: a basic self-guided experience, or enrich your visit with an interactive Exploration Class. Groups may also want to consider a stroll on the Sundial Bridge and through the Botanical Gardens.

New this year, enhance your field trips with Supplemental Activities to our Exploration Classes! Our Supplemental Activities are created to connect your Exploration Class experience to the classroom. Feel free to use the activities before or after your field trip.

To schedule a field trip call 530-242-3108

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Important Dates

Exploration Classes are offered until April 30, 2020. With the exception of: Animals! Animals! Animals! has limited dates between September 27, 2019 – February 14, 2020.  MAGE has limited dates between February 5  – March 19, 2020.

The Walk on the Wild Side animal show begins May 16, 2020


All school programs must be registered at least two weeks in advance. After you register, you will be emailed a confirmation of your reservation, information to prepare for your field trip, driving directions, and a chaperone guide. With less than 48 hours’ notice, there is a non-refundable $50 charge for cancellations. To schedule your field trip, please call 530-242-3108.

Field Trip Fees

Independent Exploration

  • Students $5

  • Additional Chaperones $8

Animals! Animals! Animals!:

  • Student $7

  • Additional Chaperones $8

Other Exploration Classes:

  • Students $6

  • Additional Chaperones $8

FREE for: Teachers, Required Chaperones, Adult Members

Required chaperone ratio: Please determine designated chaperones and chaperone-led groups in advance of arrival and distribute chaperone guide to all adults attending. 

  • 1 adult chaperone per 2 students for preschool

  • 1 adult chaperone per 5 students for kindergarten and 1st grade

  • 1 adult chaperone per 8 students for 2nd grade and up

  • Teacher and required chaperones are admitted free.

  • Teachers are not included in the chaperone ratio

  • Teachers’ Aides are considered additional chaperones.


    Payment for your visit is due upon arrival by check, credit card, or purchase order.