Welcome Young Explorers

From the dark ocean depths to the mountaintop forests, your adventure through nature begins here.

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Our World Ocean

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

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Everyday Adventurers

Meet other teens and young adults as they experience, explore and protect our fragile blue planet.

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Connected to Science

Our Virtual Explorations let you join scientists, explorers and researchers on the edge of discovery!

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Education Through Discovery

Educators can sign up for free accounts to facilitate inquiry-based learning and access classroom resources.

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Daily Updates

'The Stream' is our constantly updated information system. Use it to find what's new on the Oceanscape Network.

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

New Features:

November 29 to December 21: Search for Life in the Mariana Back-Arc: In cooperation with the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Oceanscape Network presents this virtual exploration to one of the deepest places in the ocean — the Mariana Back-Arc. Join our team of scientists for this 3-week examination of how animals survive in the deep and in close proximity to deadly hydrothermal vents.

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:

  • Snowyportland

    Portland in While

    Oregon's largest city looks like a sparkling gem under fresh powder.

  • Snowyoregonbend

    A Snowy Paradise

    The town of Bend is a snow-lover's dream come true, with many outdoor winter sports to choose from.

  • Snowymultnomahfalls

    Waterfall in White

    Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge is even more spectacular when the cliffs are covered in snow.

  • Snowyhouse

    Urban Beauty

    This historic home in Corvallis is the perfect backdrop for freshly fallen snow.

  • Snowygirlplaying

    Playing in the Snow

    The season's first snowfall is often a welcome occurance for many Oregonians.

  • Snowyducksandgeese

    Birds on a Frozen Pond

    Many of our local birds will migrate south to avoid the winter. These guys decided to stick around.

  • Snowycraterlake

    The Frozen Volcano

    The Crater Lake area is often inaccessible during the height of winter, but the volcano is still amazing in the snow.

  • Snowycannonbeach

    Snow on the Oregon Coast?

    Yup, it happens. This beautiful snowy scene was taken on Cannon Beach on the North Coast.

  • Snowshoeing

    Winter Sports Abound!

    Whether snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding or more, Oregon offers endless opportunities.

Return of the Brown Pelican

These large seabirds came back from the brink of extinction. Learn how by typing "brown pelican" into the search bar.