If you are thinking about adopting a mile of the Oregon coast through CoastWatch, or if you are a new CoastWatch volunteer or a veteran mile adopter needing a refresher course, consider joining a CoastWatch orientation. These field experiences are designed to introduce the program and sharpen observational skills.

Orientation sessions will be held a number of times times this summer and fall, in all counties. You don’t have to attend an orientation to get started as a volunteer, but when one is available, you are highly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity. These events are free to everyone and will include walking a CoastWatch mile, tips on what to observe, interpretation of the flora and fauna, and answers to hopefully all of your questions! Sometimes these walks will include the area’s Oregon State Parks Ranger and/or a special guest.

Orientations may include a brief initial training for one of our many citizen and community science projects, and a demonstration of using iNaturalist in the field.

Bring binoculars, plan to get your feet wet and dress for the weather. Orientations are capped at twelve participants so register early!

Volunteering with CoastWatch is a commitment to walking your adopted CoastWatch Mile at least four times a year, once per quarter, and sharing all of your observations and photos through reports filed on our website. These reports are viewable by the public. CoastWatchers also play stewardship roles in many other ways.

Orientation sessions are scheduled for July 30 and August 10.  Watch the CoastWatch events listings for future sessions.

CoastWatcher at Nedonna Beach.

CoastWatcher at Nedonna Beach.Photo by Seth Thompson.