School Programs

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.

Education programs & registration information

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. 

All you need to know about registering your class for a visit to Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

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Teacher Documents

(Downloadable Files)

(Downloadable Files)

Exploring The Forest

Nano: The Science of Small

Wintu Ways

Identity: An Exhibition of You

Life-Cycle Class

Current Exhibitions

Good Dog: Art of Man's Best Friend


Dogs have been part of human history for thousands of years. They have assisted us with tasks that have been crucial to our comfort, if not our survival. They have been our protectors, our hunters, even our transportation, carrying or pulling great loads as we moved one place to next. They have preformed many roles for humans, but none more important than companionship. This.. Learn More

Native Baskets from Northern California


Before European contact, baskets were part of nearly every aspect of Native life in Northern California. From cradleboards to cooking bowls and caps to giant storage containers, baskets came in all shapes and sizes to suit every need. Today, contemporary basket makers continue the tradition using the same materials and techniques their ancestors used while adding new designs and refi.. Learn More

The Big Adventure


Experience a wonderfully wacky challenge game of fun-filled, action-packed excitement with The Big Adventure. Themed adventures provide dramatic, exciting, unique and challenging experiences, making this exhibit great for young minds and bodies. Choose your adventure, identify challenges, solve problems, make decisions, set goals, enhance creativity, gain confidence... and most of .. Learn More


Upcoming Exhibitions

Rock Penjing


Welcome to the ancient world of penjing. It’s a place where a lone, wind-blown tree grows meditatively from the side of a rocky cliff. Where the stunning beauty of Chinese landscapes have been captured in their grandest element and then, through an ancient art and the touch of a master gardener, reduced to a size that fits on a table. Penjing (pronounced “pen jin.. Learn More

Walk on the Wild Side Animal Show


Back for another year.... Five Star Bank presents the Walk on the Wild Side animal show! Marvel as a hawk flies inches from your head. See a porcupine up close and personal. Watch a fox use its tail to balance on a narrow edge. Join us for a fun-filled educational wildlife show, and see animals showcasing their natural behaviors in a captivating and inspiring atmosphere. This sh.. Learn More

Wings of Summer, Butterflies!


Thanks to William W. & Juanita A. Cox, Doreeta Domke, Dennis and Sherrill Bambauer and Dutch Bros. Coffee - The Resner Family, Butterflies returns for a limited engagement this year! At Butterflies, visitors observe hundreds of butterflies in a tranquil, enclosed garden. The butterfly house usually consists of up to 32 species of butterflies found throughout the Uni.. Learn More

Identity: An Exhibition Of You


We're all made up of different stories.... What's Yours? Identity: An Exhibition of You takes a look at YOU, exploring the physical, psychological, and social elements that make you tick! Identity uses the familiar (our body, our thoughts, our relationships) to make connections with the scientific (our genes, our brains, our roles in society). Identity weaves the latest b.. Learn More

More exhibitions coming soon!