Serving Our Community


 History of Turtle Bay
Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a fun, non-profit 300-acre gathering place featuring the Sundial Bridge, a museum, forestry & wildlife center, arboretum and botanical gardens.   At the gateway to the Sacramento River Trails, Turtle Bay celebrates far Northern California as part of the world we share.

Turtle Bay 2017 Quick Reference Sheet 

Turtle Bay Strategic Plan 2015-19  -- Now with progress updates! 

MISSION statement

To inspire wonder, exploration, and appreciation of our world.

VISION statement

We envision Turtle Bay Exploration Park as a vibrant gathering place where our community is strengthened through education, cultural engagement and economic growth.

CORE values

  • Playfulness – Learning is easier when it’s fun and interactive and incorporates that spirit of enjoyment, healthy movement and activity when appropriate.
  • Real world experiences – Learning is enhanced through interaction with living and non-living collections and this special place along the river we call home.
  • Interdisciplinary –Learning is enhanced when we recognize connections between art, history, and sciences.
  • Community – We strive to make our park accessible and affordable, base our offerings on relevant community needs and feedback, and value our many community partnerships which make us stronger.
  • Lifelong learning – The pursuit of knowledge and the joy of learning is important at every age. We aim to give both children and adults the opportunity to learn in a safe environment.
  • Integrity – We accomplish our goals with honesty and transparency, seeking excellence in service.
  • Sustainability – We strive to be the best stewards we can be of natural and cultural resources, protecting them for generations to come.

Free Days at the Park

Turtle Bay offers several free opportunities to attend the Park, with the help of generous sponsors.

  • Kool April Nites, sponsored by Union Bank
  • Turtle Bay passes can be checked out at the Redding Library by library cardholders 
  • National Family Volunteer Day (mid-November)

Discount Days at the Park

Turtle Bay began offering discounts days each month in May 2014.

  • Nickel & Dime Days - Discounted Park admission on the 5th and 10th of each month.  $10 admission for adults and $5 for children/seniors.

Partners in the Community

Turtle Bay works in partnership throughout Redding and the North State to increase awareness of the education and well-being of children, healthy lifestyles, sustainability and cultural enrichment. Here are just a few of the ways we're partnering with others to serve the area:

  • One of seven original partners in Healthy Shasta, a local coalition to promote healthy and active living among North State residents. Learn more about Healthy Shasta and the work being done to promote well-being at Healthy Shasta also monitors media for stories related to health. Recently The Washington Post launched a comprehensive five-part series "Young Lives at Risk: Our Overweight Children" (May 19-22, 2008). This story also contained interactive tools about healthy foods for kids and the impact of obesity on children's bodies. See the story at
  • Host of an energy-awareness program created by Redding Electric Utility (REU). Site of REU's solar panel demonstration unit in Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp. Partner location in REU's 2008 Green Energy Fair.

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