Redwood Sky Walk

The Zoo & Foundation are formally announcing our new partnership with the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria and the construction of a new bear/coyote exhibit as well as officially launching start of construction for the Redwood Sky Walk in just a few weeks. Both projects are part of Phase II of the Gateway to the Redwoods Campaign designed to highlight our local ecosystem and wildlife with a native predator zone and adjacent Redwood Sky Walk experience.

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As the Redwood Sky Walk moves from the drawing board to opening …

For more information, please contact Leigh Pierre-Oetker, Executive Director of Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation at 707-442-5649 x 201 or via email at .

artist rendering of planned bear and coyote exhibit at sequoia park zoo
Artist rendering of the planned bear/coyote exhibit with Redwood Sky Walk visible in the background.

The City of Eureka and the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation have worked as a public-private partnership to raise the funding capital that has resulted in transformative projects like the award-winning Watershed Heroes Exhibit, the Entry Pavilion and the Barnyard.  We are now about to embark on another significant and visionary project that promises to again transform the Zoo and our community.

The Zoo Master Plan Phase II expansion combines species native to the area and features an interactive Redwood Sky Walk through redwoods that is poised to deliver an unparalleled experience which will drive attendance growth from across the United States and internationally. An integral part of the Zoo experience and anchored in the Native Predators zone, this elevated walkway will educate and engage tourists and regional residents in an eco-adventure like no other. The walkway will be mostly ADA accessible, consisting of a network of suspended bridges reaching through and across a magnificent stand of old growth and mature second growth redwood trees within and beyond the Zoo’s border. At its highest point one bridge will be 100 feet from the forest floor, one third the way up the redwoods, whose upper canopy is 250 feet plus. Total distance will be 1090 linear feet of visitor experience. 

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For more information, please contact Leigh Pierre-Oetker, Executive Director of Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation at 707-442-5649 x 201 or via email at .

artist rendering of planned bear / coyote exhibit as viewed from launch deck of Redwood Sky Walk
Artist rendering of the bear / coyote exhibit from the launch deck of the Redwood Sky Walk

The Zoo’s current 5-acre footprint will increase by approximately one acre into the forest to accommodate a significant black bear and coyote exhibit.  This exhibit will be a state-of-the-art animal habitat designed to allow for a full range of natural behaviors particular to each species and highlight the local eco-system adjacent to the Redwood Sky Walk and newly conceived interpretive center now in its design phase.

artist rendering of Redwood Sky Walk at Sequoia Park Zoo
Artist rendering of the planned Redwood Sky Walk
Artist rendering of the Redwood Sky Walk launch deck

Next Phase of Gateway to the Redwoods Campaign

Proposed “Giants of the Earth” Interpretive Center which will serve as an anchor to the Gateway to the Redwoods Phase II project including interpretation of the Redwood Sky Walk and bear/coyote experience and intends to tell the historical, cultural and ecological story of our coastal redwoods. 

Map of location of planned Redwood Sky Walk and Interpretive Center and Bear/Coyote exhibit

The combination of the two will make Eureka a haven for redwood ecotourism and education. Conveying the entire story of coastal redwoods with honesty and in a celebratory fashion will bring nature, history, and culture together in a powerful and compelling way, a unique story of a unique tree in our unique corner of the universe. Our vision is to construct an aesthetically pleasing, multi-story structure, trimmed in redwood, built specifically to showcase the history and legacy of our coast redwood forest. Like an old growth stand, the interpretive center will compel and soar, drawing the visitor in with a sense of awe that will enhance the Redwood Sky Walk experience.  The Sequoia Park Zoo & Foundation, in partnership with local Arcata-based Greenway Partners, has already contracted with world-renowned design team Main Street Design to assist us, and our local interpretive committee, in developing a comprehensive experience that reflects this most unique story of our coast redwoods. 

Current Funding Partners for Phase II Gateway to the Redwoods

Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria $3,500,000Bear/Coyote Exhibit
Eureka Lodging Alliance$1,600,000Redwood Sky Walk
Humboldt Lodging Alliance$500,000Redwood Sky Walk
Arcata Lodging Alliance$200,000Redwood Sky Walk
Outdoor Environmental Education Facilities Grant$500,000Redwood Sky Walk
Land and Water Conservation Grant $1,200,000Sequoia Park & Redwood Sky Walk
Habitat Conservation Grant$275,000Redwood Sky Walk
St. Joseph-SPZF Foundation $108,000Bear/Coyote Exhibit & Redwood Sky Walk
MiaBo Foundation Fund$125,000Interpretive Center Initial Planning & Design

Initial Spring 2020 Timeline

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For more information, please contact Leigh Pierre-Oetker, Executive Director of Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation at 707-442-5649 x 201 or via email at .