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..."


Field Experiences: The Tiny Creatures of Fall Creek: Join a group of students from Waldport High School as they work with the staff at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center to assess the health of a riparian ecosystem.

S.T.E.A.M. Powered: In our next installment of this year-long feature, meet Dr. Heather Bracken-Grissom, a crustacean expert who literally goes to the ends of the Earth to discover how these animal species can survive in “extreme environments.”

Visual Presentation Tips for Students: In both school and science — neatness counts! Our newest downloadable guide offers simple and effective presentation tips for high school students, from organizing your materials to employing basic design techniques for maximum effect.

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:

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    Sarah Helmick State Recreation Area, Monmouth

    City and state parks are beautiful and easily accessible areas to find Fall colors. The Sarah Helmick park is small, but the number of trees provides robust color and great photo opportunities.

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    Orchards and Vineyards

    You may not think of them right away, but the huge variety of Oregon's orchards, vineyards and farms can provide excellent photo opportunities during the Fall season.

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    Portland Japanese Garden

    Combining Asian architecture, stone sculpture and native and exotic plants in balanced proportions, these picturesque gardens literally burn with color during the Fall season.

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    Mount Hood National Forest

    Cutting a huge swath south from the Columbia River and through the central part of the state, this wilderness area provides countless areas for the outdoor photographer.

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    Fall Creek, Alsea

    Tranquil and inspiring, Fall Creek is a little off the beaten path but an excellent place to see the changing leaves while you enjoy a nature walk.

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    Columbia River Gorge

    Numerous waysides, parks, bridges and trailheads makes the 80-mile Columbia River Gorge one of the best places in the state to photograph our changing trees.

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    College Campuses

    Lush and verdant, Oregon's numerous college and university campuses are often great places to experience the Fall without having to travel too far.

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    Photographing Fall Colors

    This slideshow contains just a few examples of places you can go to see the changing colors of the Fall season. Browse the EXPLORE part of the Oceanscape Network for additional locations.

John Dellenback Dunes Trail

Wending its way through a lush coastal forest, along the banks of a tranquil stream and finally through a massive dune sea, the John Dellenback trail is a great hike which encompasses multiple ecosystems.