Teacher Info

Professional Development

Turtle Bay provides a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers in the north state. These workshops offer the best in inquiry-based learning such as GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science), Project Learning Tree, Project Wet and Nanoscience curriculum.  

The More to Explore program offers a four-workshop professional development series for early childhood educators and caregivers. 

The Portal to the Public program connects Turtle Bay Science Fellows - real scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals - with the local community by engaging the public with hands-on activities and providing advancement tools and documentation to the fellows. 

For more information about workshops, email your inquiry to or call 242-3108 and check back here regularly for updates.

Portal to the Public

Turn kids on to science, advance your career, help make your company shine, and get a free Turtle Bay membership!

We want to ignite the love of science and learning in our community, and we need you to help us take off. This Science Communication Fellowship program connects the public to science, health, horticulture, math, engineering and technology professionals who, in turn, educate our community about current science happening in our backyard.

Become a “fellow” and we’ll provide you with the tools to engage the public with hands-on activities that benefit everyone! Call 530-242-3120 for more information. 


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. 

Project Learning Tree

Project Leaning Tree’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide offers hands-on interdisciplinary activities that include topics covering both the natural and built environment - forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, and culture. These materials provide educators the tools they need to bring the environment into their classrooms — and their students into the environment. 

Our current workshop also gives teachers the opportunity to become a Trainer of Trainers. 

Teaching Science through Citizen Science

Are you looking for ways to incorporate hands-on and inquiry-based learning into your STEM curriculum?  Have you wondered how to engage your students in meaningful science research?  Citizen science is an opportunity for students to make important contributions to ongoing investigation around the world. 

Join Turtle Bay and Western Shasta RCD’s staff in a hands-on workshop that will help you bring this exciting science into your classroom.  Spend time doing a Citizen Science project and learn ways to incorporate that into your science program.

At your school

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 over 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 call 530-242-3148 for information to receive the training.

The Famous Artists program was generously supported by a grant from Target this year. 


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