Turtle Bay Exploration Park is going to be full of activities, information, artifacts, and interactives for all ages and interests this fall. On September 24, the Museum will open three new exhibitions: “Take Flight,” “Adventures in PreColumbian Archaeology,” and “Selections from the Collection: Jon Schueler.” On October 1, two additional exhibitions will open: “Find Your Park—Find Your Heart” and “Bountiful Harvest: From Land to Table.” All five exhibitions will educate and entertain guests through the beginning of January 2017.
“Take Flight” is an exploration into the creative process of flight and combines historical information with hands-on activities to engage people of all ages in creating their own flying experience while learning the fundamental principles of flight. Guests first learn abut the evolution of flight and man, then begin their own journey of discovery with a series of building activities that help them to create different forms of flying machines. “Take Flight” will be open in the Museum September 24th through January 4, 2017 and is presented by Cornerstone Community Bank and supported by Kool April Nites, with additional support by the Dhanuka Family, PenAir and Redding Municipal Airport. Created and circulated by ScienceWorks Museum of Ashland, Oregon.
The west side of the Exploration Hall will hold “Find Your Park—Find Your Heart,” the result of a collaboration with the National Park Service and the Shasta Historical Society. Our region boasts the deepest lake in North America, the tallest trees in the world, a dam dedicated by John F. Kennedy, volcanic landscapes, dark skies, an underground river, and a WWII internment camp. What do all of these have in common? They are National Park Service properties. 2016 is the National Park Service Centennial year. Explore our region’s seven Klamath Parks in the comfort of the museum and learn why these diverse resources were selected to be designated National Park Service properties and investigate what makes each site special. “Find Your Park” is open October 1 through January 8, 2017 and is presented by Five Star Bank and supported by Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau, California Wildlands Grassroots Fund of Rose Foundation, John Koeberer & Pam Pitts, Haedrich & Co, Inc. Commercial Real Estate, and Diane Leiber, in memory of Bill.
The other half of the Exploration Hall will be filled with “Bountiful Harvest: From Land to Table.” Oregon artist Betty LaDuke’s bright, colorful paintings explore and celebrate Oregon’s agricultural bounty and the workers who plant, tend, and harvest it. Additional interpretive information lets guests go in-depth and learn the stories of the people portrayed in the artworks. “Bountiful Harvest” will be open October 1 through January 8, 2017 and is presented by Healthy Shasta and supported by Shasta Regional Medical Center, with additional support from Ralph Prather Ranch Foundation.
Two smaller exhibitions will also be on display for guests, starting September 24, each with pieces from Turtle Bay’s collection: Adventures in PreColumbian Archaeology and Selections from the Collection: Jon Schueler.
Turtle Bay’s current hours are Wednesday through Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Exhibitions are included with the price of admission. For full Park hours and information, as well as additional information about coming exhibitions and programs, visit turtlebay.org.