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..."

YOU COULD WIN A $50 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD! If you used any of our Year of the Vaquita educational materials, we’d like your feedback. Take our short survey and you can be in the running for one of three Starbucks gift cards.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR YOUTH CORRESPONDENTS. This volunteer opportunity allows teens (ages 14-17) to help build online content to educate others while exploring, learning and adventuring in Oregon. This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for youth interested in journalism, mass media and film making.

From the Stream

  • The Oregon Dunes: A Vanishing Landscape

    The Oregon dunes are disappearing before our eyes. Learn about this unique landscape from local author and U.S. Forest Service Volunteer, Dina Pavlis.

  • Fort Rock State Park

    The remains of an ancient volcano, Fort Rock provided shelter for native peoples and numerous outdoor adventures for modern explorers.

  • Hiking The Crack in the Ground

    This unique geologic formation is located in a remote part of Oregon but offers some amazing hiking opportunities.

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:

  • Campuses

    Where to Photograph Fall Color?

    The state's numerous university and college campuses are great places to watch leaves turn.

  • Columbiarivergorge

    Where to Photograph Fall Color?

    The Columbia River Gorge compliments the Fall colors with vistas and waterfalls.

  • Hoodriverwilderness

    Where to Photograph Fall Color?

    Riparian areas are great places to see Fall color due to the abundance of trees.

  • Japanesegardens

    Where to Photograph Fall Color?

    Seeking something more exotic? Head to the Japanese Gardens in Portland.

  • Vineyardsandorchards

    Where to Photograph Fall Color?

    Vineyard, orchards and gardens are great places to watch colors change.

  • Sarahhelmickpark

    Where to Photograph Fall Color?

    You don't have to travel far? Check out your local parks!

  • Fallcreek

    Where to Photograph Fall Color?

    Add your photo session to a hike through Oregon's abundant natural areas.

  • Fallcolorintro

    Where to Photograph Fall Color?

    Have you considered visiting a local arboretum with your camera?

Year of the Vaquita 2017

This 60 second video will quickly introduce you to the vaquita and the challenges being addressed by the Year of the Vaquita.