Welcome Young Explorers

From the darkest ocean depths to the mist-covered mountaintops, your Oregon Coast adventure begins here.

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Our World Ocean

Travel the globe and find the mysterious places and amazing animals of our one great, interconnected ocean.

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Everyday Adventurers

Meet amazing young Oregonians who are experiencing the nature through recreation and creativity.

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Shaped By Nature

From ancient lava flows to the grinding power of the ocean waves, learn how the Oregon Coast was created.

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Sharing Your Stories

Whether you're a hiker, camper, surfer or photographer, you can share your outdoor experiences with other visitors.

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It's Their Home, Too

Discover Oregon's amazing terrestrial species while you wander the coastal mountains, meadows and forests.

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Making A Difference

From habitat restoration to beach cleanups, see how young stewards are helping wild species and natural places.

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Mysteries Of The Deep

Seek out the silent predators, forgotten shipwrecks and other mysteries hidden below the waves and sand.

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Education Through Discovery

You become the scientist when your teachers build online student communities for inquiry-based school projects.

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Finding Your Way

Find that perfect beach or amazing state park using our features, your smart device and the Global Positioning System.

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"Now it’s your turn to be the explorer, the adventurer, the scientist..."

New on the Oceanscape Network

Following the Lewis and Clark expedition, Americans began flocking to the Pacific Northwest over a 2,000 mile route called the Oregon Trail. The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (NHOTIC) provides educational resources for all ages about this important part of American history with details on how emigrants survived nature and an often inhospitable landscape. Check out why we made the NHOTIC our newest Landmark Place by clicking here.

In 1965, a sixteen-year-old named Robin Lee Graham made history by sailing around the world all by himself. Here is the amazing tale which inspired three books and a movie! Learn more about Graham’s epic journey by clicking here.

From the Stream

Using the Oceanscape Network:

  • At Home

    From the comfort of your home, explore the amazing natural history of the Oregon Coast and the world ocean. Discover new ways to experience or protect our natural world every day, or connect with us through our social networks.

  • In the Field

    Take your smart device along on your next outdoor adventure and use it to share your thoughts, photos or videos with other visitors through The Stream. Or use a GPS app and our Wayfind It features to explore the Oregon Coast.

  • At School

    Ask your teachers to create student communities and then use our scienctific inquiry modules to explore aquatic habitats and natural history topics. This feature may help Oregon high school students earn credit toward graduation!

Featured Slideshow:

  • Treasureisland

    Best Teen Novels on Wilderness and Ocean Survival

    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. See other teen novels on this theme on our Goodreads page.

  • Swissfamilyrobinson

    Best Teen Novels on Wilderness and Ocean Survival

    Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss. See other teen novels on this theme on our Goodreads page.

  • Robinsoncrusoe

    Best Teen Novels on Wilderness and Ocean Survival

    Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe. See other teen novels on this theme on our Goodreads page.

  • Mysideofthemountain

    Best Teen Novels on Wilderness and Ocean Survival

    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. See other teen novels on this theme on our Goodreads page.

  • Kidnapped

    Best Teen Novels on Wilderness and Ocean Survival

    Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. See other teen novels on this theme on our Goodreads page.

  • Julieofthewolves

    Best Teen Novels on Wilderness and Ocean Survival

    Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George. See other teen novels on this theme on our Goodreads page.

SCUBA Divers Clean Up The Bay for Sea Lions

The Oregon Coast Aquarium's SCUBA divers go under the water to remove marine debris. Learn more about conservation projects under "Youth Activities."