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

Teachers, we’ve just added a new interactive inquiry module! Entitled Climate Change: Transforming Landscapes, the module is designed to teach high school students (adaptable to middle school ages) about climate change and ways they can assess impacts on their community. To access the module, sign up for your FREE teacher account by clicking here.

New Youth Activity Added – Crabbing!

Crabbing is both an important occupation and an enjoyable pastime on the Oregon Coast. In this new feature, join a 15-year-old Oceanscape Network volunteer as he learns the ins and outs of this activity – and doesn’t get pinched even once! To see more, click here

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:

  • Nenehawaiiangoose

    Why the Pacific Ocean is Amazing:

    Due to its size and the isolation of its marine and terrestrial areas, it is home to species found nowhere else. This endangered Nene Goose from Hawaii is a good example.

  • Submarinenoaaphoto

    Why the Pacific Ocean is Amazing:

    It's extremely deep. Its deepest point is the Mariana Trench at 35,797 feet (10,911 m). These depths require special submersibles and robots to explore them. (NOAA Photo)

  • Polynesiancanoe

    Why the Pacific Ocean is Amazing:

    It was explored and settled much earlier than most of us realize. The Polynesians were traveling vast distances across the Pacific in canoes as early as 3,000 BCE.

  • Pacificoceanweather

    Why the Pacific Ocean is Amazing:

    Because of its size, the Pacific Ocean has a major affect on weather and climate because of its ability to absorb, store and distribute the sun's energy.

  • Pacificoceanisland

    Why the Pacific Ocean is Amazing:

    Most of the world's islands are located in the Pacific. Some island chains are vast as well. For example, Indonesia consists of over 17,000 separate islands!

  • Pacificoceanfromspacenasaphoto

    Why the Pacific Ocean is Amazing:

    The Pacific is so large that is covers 30% of the entire planet. At 65,436,200 square miles (169,479,000 sqkm), it's larger than all the dry landmass areas combined. (NASA Photo)

  • Explodingvolcanonasaphoto

    Why the Pacific Ocean is Amazing:

    It's geologically active! There are more volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean basin than anywhere else on Earth. In fact, 75% of the world's volcanoes are located here. (NASA Photo)

New Youth Activity – Crabbing!

How do you deal with a trap filled with snapping crabs? A 15-year-old Oceanscape Network volunteer learns how to crab (and avoid being pinched) with some help from the experts.