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..."

Announcements

Upcoming Virtual Exploration: Scientists from various organizations head off into the Pacific to investigation the recent eruption of a large underwater volcano. Follow this new Virtual Exploration for daily blogs, photos, downloadables and more. Click for more.

New Edition of Endangered Oregon: For the Steller Sea Lion, the fourth largest pinniped in the world, the future was once very bleak. Here’s how this marine mammal came back from the brink and scientists are using math and technology to help protect it. Click for more.

Summertime Is Here! School’s out and the summer’s just begun! The Oceanscape Network would like to help you make the most of your summer break, so between now and September we’ll be highlighting a variety of outdoor activities, from sports to travel to the creative arts! To learn more, visit our Youth Activities page.

From the Stream

  • Elysium Artists for the Arctic

    This Virtual Exploration will transport you to the Arctic, where global climate change is endangering both the native species and precious ecosystems. The project’s diverse artistic interpretation and educational outreach program is designed to inspire arctic for citizens of the world, especially youth.

  • Time To Say Goodbye, So Soon!

    Dr. Tammy Frank winds up Creep into the Deep with some parting thoughts and images.

  • The Shrimp That Vomits Light

    Creep into the Deep's Sonke Johnsen shares perhaps the craziest thing you'll see this week — a deep-sea shrimp that vomits bioluminescent fluid!

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:

  • Ssfunfactstidepools

    Summer Exploration Fun Facts

    Oregon laws guarantee the “free and uninterrupted use” of its beaches by the public. As such, beach combing and tide pooling on the Oregon Coast are fun, easy and educational. Check the EXPLORE area on the Oceanscape Network to find the beaches near you.

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    Summer Exploration Fun Facts

    This summer, take a driving tour of the Pacific Northwest’s volcanoes! Nineteen different volcanic peaks can be found throughout the Cascade Mountain Range over a 700 mile length. Now that’s a road trip to remember!

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    Summer Exploration Fun Facts

    This summer, why not tour some of the state’s great buildings — like the Vista House shown here. Known as the “Jewel in the Crown,” this unique structure is breathtaking for both its architecture and its views of the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Ssfunfactsreading

    Whether you’re looking for a nature guide or a great novel, there are literally thousands of books written about the Pacific Northwest! Visit the Oceanscape Network’s Goodreads page for recommendations on books about this amazing part of North America.

  • Ssfunfactsmushroomhunting

    There are over 3,000 species of fruiting fungi in the Pacific Northwest. Mushroom hunting is a popular summer pastime in Oregon, but don’t undertake it unless you know what you’re doing. Though some mushrooms are delicious, others are downright deadly!

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    Summer Exploration Fun Facts

    The Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) is one of the largest species of squirrel in the Pacific Northwest. They are hard to spot as they live underground most of the year, emerging only during the summer months.

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    Summer Exploration Fun Facts

    Walking in nature promotes everything from better health to enhanced creativity! This summer, explore some new outdoor places in the best way possible — by hiking them. Tips on how to prepare, what to take and being safe are available under Youth Activities: Hiking.

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    Summer Exploration Fun Facts

    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. You can often see this plant in bloom during the summer months in the inland valleys.

Summer Tide Pooling

Looking for some great summer fun on the Oregon Coast? Join this young explorer as he investigates a tide pool with some help from the Oregon Coast Aquarium.