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

The Oceanscape Network has kicked off a summer reading project for teens we’re calling Sea Wordy. Through August, we’ll be exploring great novels about wilderness and ocean survival. The project will partly utilize the extensive resources offered on our Goodreads page. If you’re interested in exploring nature through reading and creative writing, check out our new Youth Activities feature on this subject by clicking here.

Sixteen and Alone at Sea

In 1965, a sixteen-year-old named Robin Lee Graham made history by sailing around the world all by himself. Here is the amazing tale which inspired three books and a movie! Learn more about Graham’s epic journey by clicking 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:

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    10 Cool Things You Can Do On The Oregon Coast This Summer

    Spot a cetacean (that's a whale, dolphin or porpoise). Many, like this Common Dolphin, will come out to greet boaters or explore bays and harbors. (NOAA photo)

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    10 Cool Things You Can Do On The Oregon Coast This Summer

    Explore a historic lighthouse and learn about lifesaving services. There are plenty of Oregon lighthouses and many are open to the public and even provide tours.

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    10 Cool Things You Can Do On The Oregon Coast This Summer

    Venture into the coastal mountains. There are new plants, animals and landscapes to explore when you head into the various mountain ranges bordering the coast.

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    10 Cool Things You Can Do On The Oregon Coast This Summer

    Take a hike with friends. It's fun, it's good for you and doesn't cost a thing. And hiking is a great way to build some memorable experiences together.

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    10 Cool Things You Can Do On The Oregon Coast This Summer

    Learn to surf. There are plenty of clubs and businesses which can teach you how and get you set up with the proper equipment. Check them out.

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    10 Cool Things You Can Do On The Oregon Coast This Summer

    Explore the Peter Iredale, Oregon's most famous and accessible shipwreck. This early twentieth century hulk lies on the beach in Fort Stevens State Park.

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    10 Cool Things You Can Do On The Oregon Coast This Summer

    Spot some seals and sea lions. These animals sun themselves on "haul out" areas along the coast. Learn to identify them by sight.

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    10 Cool Things You Can Do On The Oregon Coast This Summer

    Go tide pooling. All of Oregon's beaches are open to the public and many have amazing tide pools. Do an Oceanscape Network search to find out more.

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    10 Cool Things You Can Do On The Oregon Coast This Summer

    Find Oregon's hidden redwoods in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Use GPS to make it even more challenging. The coordinates are 42.112964, -124.188423.

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    10 Cool Things You Can Do On The Oregon Coast This Summer

    Explore a sea cave. When the tide's out, all sorts of cool things appear on Oregon beachs - including sea caves. Some of the most impressive ones are in the Bandon area.

Searching for Coastal Legends!

Three young Oceanscape Network volunteers go looking for an old pirate legend - and get a few surprises along the way. Enter "Neahkahnie" or "pirate" into the search box at the top of this page to find features on this topic!