School Programs

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. For more information about California state curriculum requirements or to schedule a field trip call 530-242-3108.

Independent Exploration 

Explore the galleries and grounds in small, chaperone-led groups.  Engage your students with the many animals in our live animal collection. Explore all the connections to the natural world by visiting our botanical gardens.  Discover the people who have called - and still call - this region their home.  Visit our two changing exhibit galleries to see traveling exhibitions.  

Nature Explorers Backpacks      

Grades K-6

Ask for this option when you schedule your field trip. Preschool-age backpacks are also available!

With a variety of exciting tools and activities, discover the nature around Turtle Bay’s campus using the Nature Explorers backpack. Teachers will be sent standards-based lessons that provide everything to create an exciting, interactive tour tailored to their students’ needs.  

Materials included:  20 backpacks each containing binoculars, bird identification book, thermometer/compass, window weather frame, journal, magnifying glass, bug jar, eye scope

$10 materials fee per 20 backpacks

Exploration Classes 

August 30, 2017 – January 25, 2018
March 14, 2018 – April 26, 2018
Offered 9 a.m. - Noon, Wednesdays and 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.

Education Programs

Turtle Bay offers a wide variety of educational programs that will fascinate your students with exciting hands-on activities that correspond with California state curriculum.