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June 20-24: Saving Marine Megafauna: As part of the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s World Ocean’s Day celebration, Dr. Andrea Marshall of the Marine Megafauna Foundation will be sharing her experiences and work at saving three of the ocean’s largest residents.
Learning While Laughing: Laura and Robert Sams are a brother-sister team who make videos, compose music and write books. Their goal: to trick you into learning about nature while you’re laughing.
New Landmark Place: High Desert Museum: Through historical exhibits, live animal enclosures and living history programs, the High Desert Museum takes a engaging approach to interpreting central Oregon.
For her final blog this week, Dr. Andrea Marshall shares her expert advice on how all of us can help save marine megafauna through everyday activities and environmental activism.
Although their size and lack of natural predators make them seem invulnerable, Dr. Andrea Marshall reveals how marine megafauna have some special environmental challenges not shared by smaller animals.
Few people probably know what a dugong is, but for Dr. Andrea Marshall they are a fascinating marine mammal straight out of mythology and struggling to survive.
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.
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.
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!
View A Volcano!
Looking for an adventure through geology this summer? How about taking a driving tour of the Pacific Northwest’s volcanoes?
Forage From The Land
There are over 3,000 species of fruiting fungi in the Pacific Northwest. Mushroom hunting is a popular summer pastime in Oregon.
Spot A Rare Animal!
The Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) lives underground most of the year, emerging only during the summer months.
Take A Hike!
Did you know that getting out and walking in nature promotes everything from better health to enhanced creativity?
Camas: The Amazing Plant
Outside of salmon, the root of the camas plant (Camassia quamash) was the most widely traded food item among the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest.
Read More About It
Whether you’re looking for a nature guide or a great novel, there are literally thousands of books written about the Pacific Northwest!
Explore An Historic Building
Western Oregon has some amazing architecture. This summer, why not tour some great buildings — like the Vista House shown here.
Enjoy The Beaches!
Oregon laws guarantee the “free and uninterrupted use” of beaches by the public. Beach combing and tide pooling on the Oregon Coast are fun, easy and educational.
Elysium Artists for the Arctic
Check out the Virtual Explorations feature of more on this look at how climate change is affecting the Arctic.