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

Gray Whales: A Celebration of Conservation Now Underway! This is a program of WhaleTimes Inc. in cooperation with the Oceanscape Network and real-life National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists who study the annual Gray Whale migration. Get in on the thrill of discovery!

Visit the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge: This lush 1700+ acre protected wilderness is located outside of Salem, Oregon. It is a haven for a variety of species, including the threatened Dusky Canada Goose.

Endangered Oregon: Diver and Survivor: One of the nation’s great conservation success stories, the Brown Pelican is featured in our latest installment of Endangered Oregon. Learn how a book and a grassroots movement helped save this bird and many others from extinction.

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:

  • Ssyouthactivitysurfing

    Oregon is a surfer's paradise. Check out our features on youth hitting the waves.

  • Ssyouthactivitypicnicking

    Looking for an outdoor activity that's a little more chill? How about going on a picnic?

  • Ssyouthactivityphotography

    Almost any outdoor activity is appropriate for the young photographer. Check out our recommended tips and apps.

  • Ssyouthactivitykayaking

    Our kayaking feature is one of the newest additions to the Youth Activities page. Check it out!

  • Ssyouthactivityhiking

    If you live anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, hiking opportunities are plentiful and amazing!

  • Ssyouthactivitygeocaching

    Geocaching combines hiking and travel with high-tech treasure hunting using GPS.

  • Ssyouthactivityexploration

    Is there an urban explorer in you dying to get out? Check out our Life in Ruins page for more.

The Frontline of Discovery!

Join the Oceanscape Network, in cooperation with WhaleTimes and NOAA, for a virtual research mission which will connect Gray Whale biologists with students, teachers and the public. This online event runs April 20 to May 1, 2015.