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

Learning While Laughing. Brother-sister team Rob and Laura Sams are the brains and talent behind Sisbro Studios in Portland, Oregon. Learn how their careers in filmmaking began with some creative high school projects and what advice they have for young filmmakers just starting out.

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Still Searching: The Mysterious Disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Amelia Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 became an international sensation and one of the Pacific Ocean’s most enduring mysteries. Join the archaeological investigation for her and her navigator on a remote island in this two-part virtual exploration.

Secrets of Shipwrecks: The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s new exhibit opened May 23. Extend your discovery of shipwrecks through these features taking you along the Oregon Coast and around the world.

From the Stream

  • Learning While Laughing

    Brother-sister team Rob and Laura Sams are the brains and talent behind Sisbro Studios in Portland, Oregon. Learn how their careers in filmmaking began with some creative high school projects and what advice they have for young filmmakers just starting out.

  • A New Search Begins

    It takes weeks to reach the tiny South Pacific island of Nikumaroro, but could this tiny spot of land hold the clues for solving the mystery of Amelia Earhart? A dedicated group of historians and archaeologists think so.

  • Flying Into Fame

    How did such an experienced pilot like Amelia Earhart just vanish? Here's a summary of the strange and tragic events which led to the South Pacific's most enduring maritime mystery.

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!

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    Look Around, Be Curious.

    STEAM activities don’t happen just at school. Look around your community for clubs or organizations you can join which embrace STEAM, whether the topic is horticulture, astronomy, geology, art, or whatever fascinates you.

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    Visit An Aquarium, Museum or Zoo!

    A great way to learn about STEAM topics is to visit local museums, aquariums and zoos. These types of organizations are often science or art-based and will have plenty of educational programs you can enjoy.

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    What's Cutting Edge?

    The great thing about STEAM disciplines is they are always evolving. What kind of new technology can you start exploring? Maybe you could learn how to engineer a flying drone or an underwater vehicle?

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    Find A Mentor!

    A great way to learn about STEAM is to find a mentor. This could be a parent, a teacher or a community professional who’s willing to spend time to teach you about their science career.

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    Check Out Colleges and Universities!

    Local universities and community colleges often offer STEAM-related activities and classes for middle and high schoolers. Check their websites for additional information which could help you.

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    How About A School Club?

    Math can be an exciting and very useful activity. Check to see if you have a math (or any STEAM-related) club at your school to help extend your skills and knowledge.

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    Creativity Also Counts!

    The “a” in STEAM stands for “art and design.” These visual skills can not only play an obvious role in certain science disciplines like engineering, but can be used effectively to communicate science concepts to others.

The Search For Amelia Earhart

When Amelia Earhart vanished in 1937, most people thought she was lost at sea. But new archaeological evidence may suggest that she lived out her last days as a castaway on a remote tropical island.