Teacher Resources

at Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Famous Artists Portfolio Program 

This longstanding free program allows parents, teachers, and/or community members to present reproductions of significant artworks to students in the classroom.  Portfolio prints are organized into nearly 70 age-appropriate themes.  Follow-up art activities are suggested for each portfolio.  No artistic experience is necessary—merely an enjoyment of working with children and a belief that art matters.  In order to borrow portfolios, you must have completed training in a prior year OR participate in this year’s training.  All K - 8th grade students participating in this program are eligible to enter the 2018 Student Art Show, exhibited in Turtle Bay Museum January 26 – April 30, 2018. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 3-5 p.m., Museum Classroom.

Call 530-242-3148 to register!

Lending Library 

The Lending Library offers classroom kits from GEMS (Great Explorations in Math & Science), Project learning Tree, Growing Up Wild, among others, that teachers can check out.  Each kit comes fully stocked with materials for a classroom of up to 32 students to implement the lesson plans – perfect for the classroom or afterschool activities.  For a yearly fee of $35 a teacher can check out an unlimited number of kits. Learn how to sign up by clicking on link below 

Professional Development 


GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) is an inquiry-based, standards-supported approach to learning developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) at UC-Berkeley. The Redding GEMS Center at Turtle Bay has been providing north state teachers access to cutting edge teaching materials and intensive workshops since 2001. 

Next Workshops:

  • October 7, 2017
  • March 3, 2018

Teacher Documents 

Wintu Ways Downloads:

Life Cycles Class Downloads:

Mythic Creatures Downloads: 

Museum Downloads: