Ocean Events


Rocky Shores Strategy Discussion

February 23, 2019, Yachats

Oregon’s rocky shore habitats are some of the most recognizable and dynamic ecosystems along the coast, and managing these special areas can be challenging. Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan is the state’s framework for managing coastal resources and the section on rocky shore management is...


Microplastics Beach Clean Up

February 24, 2019, Otter Rock

Newport Surfrider Chapter cleaning microplastics at Otter Rock.
Newport Surfrider Chapter cleaning microplastics at Otter Rock.

The Newport Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is in need of volunteers to clean up the beach at Otter Rock. Join them at the Otter Rock Parking Lot Sunday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. Park near the bathrooms. There's more plastic and...


Lecture on Bull Kelp

March 2, 2019, Yachats

Bull kelp on the Oregon coast.
Bull kelp on the Oregon coast. | Photo by Charlie Plybon

Ever noticed long strands of bull kelp washed up on the beach? Where does it all come from? Where and how big are Oregon’s bull kelp forests? And how are they changing over time? One of the few people studying kelp in Oregon is Sara...


Wave Energy Presentation

March 7, 2019, Nye Beach

Burke Hales, from Oregon State University. | Photo courtesy of MidCoast Watershed Council.

Join the Midcoast Watersheds Council for an evening presentation about wave energy prospects off the coast of Oregon on Thursday, March 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 on the upper floor of the...


Nehalem Estuary Cleanup

March 9, 2019

Nehalem Estuary Cleanup Flyer

The 2019 Nehalem Estuary Cleanup will be taking place on Saturday, March 9. Spend a day making a lasting difference in the beautiful Nehalem Bay Estuary and community. Click here to get the latest details about this event. 

This event is open to all ages and co-hosted by the Lower Nehalem...


Black Oystercatcher Lecture

March 13, 2019, Cannon Beach

Black Oystercatcher. | Photo by Tim Melling

The Friends of Haystack Rock as host the Library Lecture Series held on the second Wednesday of each month, November to May, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Cannon Beach Library (131 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach). These events are free and open to the public....


Spring Whale Watch Week

March 23, 2019 - March 31, 2019, Yachats

Grey whale breaching. | Photo by Joe Morris

It is time to celebrate Spring Whale Watch Week on the Oregon coast from March 23 - March 31 at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (2400 Hwy 101, Yachats), and at many other locations along the coast. Volunteers will be stationed at 24 designated...


SOLVE Spring Beach Cleanups

March 23, 2019

Join SOLVE and thousands of volunteers on March 23 as they clean up litter and marine debris from the entire Oregon coast! Since 1986, this home-grown tradition of twice-yearly beach cleanups has benefited people and wildlife alike, supporting clean seas and healthy communities. This is a...


Lecture on Gray Whales

March 23, 2019, Yachats

Michael Noack, a retired Chief Park Ranger and Naturalist, will present Experiencing Gray Whales. Noack has been educating agency staff and the public about the natural world, especially gray whales, for many years. After the program, he will be available to discuss whale watch techniques...


Science Talk '19

April 4, 2019 - April 5, 2019, Portland

Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist? Have you ever been frustrated at the way science is covered in the media and used in policy? Have you wondered just what they’re teaching about science these days? Then this particular annual conference is right...


Puffin Lecture

April 10, 2019, Cannon Beach

Tufted Puffin. | Photo by Jacob Spendelow
Tufted Puffin. | Photo by Jacob Spendelow

Join the Friends of Haystack Rock as they host the Library Lecture Series held on the second Wednesday of each month, November to May at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cannon Beach Library (131 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach). These events are free and open to...

Past Events


Rocky Shores Meeting

October 16, 2018, Newport

Rocky shore at Yachats.\Photo by Bonnie Moreland.
Rocky shore at Yachats.\Photo by Bonnie Moreland.

The Rocky Shores Working Group of Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) is meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 1-4 p.m. in the Gleeson Room of the Oregon Coast Aquarium (2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd.) in Newport.

OPAC has formed a working...


Whale Photo ID Presentation

October 13, 2018, Newport

Grey whale in a kelp forest. | Photo courtesy of ACS

The American Cetacean Society's Oregon Chapter is hosting an Oregon Speaker Series presentation taking place at the Newport Public Library (35 NW Nye St, Newport) on Saturday Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a free event, and it is...


Seminar on Global Ocean Change

October 12, 2018, Charleston

Seaweeds on the Oregon Coast.
Seaweeds off the Oregon Coast. | Photo by Hannah Brandsma

Dr. Kristy Kroeker, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will be speak in Charleston on "Sea Change: Incorporating species interactions into forecasts of emergent...


Nature Matters: Fish Tales

October 11, 2018, Astoria

Oregon clams. | Photo by Oregons Adventure Coast

Nature Matters, an ongoing conversation about the intersection of nature and culture, takes place on the second Thursday of each month from October through May at the Fort George Brewery. Nature Matters is hosted by Lewis and Clark National...


Marine Reserves Underwater Tour Presentation

October 11, 2018, Manzanita

Go on a virtual underwater tour of Oregon’s five marine sites to explore the work being done at the Cape Falcon site by ODFW and their many collaborators at the next Lower Nehalem Watershed Council speaker event on October 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at the Pine Grove Community House...


Oswald West Action Day

October 6, 2018, Arch Cape

Join the Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, and Oregon State Parks for a beach cleanup along with some restoration projects at Oswald West State Park (Arch Cape) on Saturday October 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

They plan to spend 2 hours on beach...


Seminar on Plankton

October 5, 2018, Charleston

Matt Johnson's Lab. | Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Matt Johnson, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will be giving a seminar titled, "Mesodinium rubrum: a model system for understanding mixotrophy and emergent plastid acquisitions in protists" on Friday...


Lecture on Ocean Conditions

October 4, 2018, Newport

 Salmon biologist Laurie Weitkamp.
Salmon biologist Laurie Weitkamp.

The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites that public to a talk on “The Blob, El Nino, and the Biological Response across the Northeast Pacific.”  The event takes place on Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 N.W. Beach Dr.) in...


Local Seafood Webinar

October 4, 2018

Photo courtesy of EcoTrust

Join a panel of experts including distributors, fish harvesters and advocates to discuss the supply chain issues spotlighted in the news stories of seafood supplier Sea To Table on October 4th, at 12 p.m. PST. This webinar is sponsored by EcoTrust, One Fish...


World Rivers Day

September 30, 2018, Portland

Salmon in Oregon. | Photo courtesy of Oregon Zoo

Those who reside in the Metro area or will be visiting can join in celebrating World Rivers Day at the Oregon Zoo (4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland) on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 11a.m.-3 p.m. 

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways...