CoastWatch engages people in documenting Oregon’s sandy beaches and rocky shores for natural and human-caused changes, wildlife, and phenomena. Volunteers are linked to a section of the Oregon coast to observe seasonally. The program offers education about shoreline ecology and natural history and opportunities to contribute data to community science.

Empowerment through Observation

Discover the transformative impact of CoastWatch, a dynamic monitoring initiative that empowers individuals to become stewards of Oregon’s beloved coastline. Through hands-on participation and educational opportunities, CoastWatch enables citizens to safeguard the beauty and vitality of Oregon’s shores actively.

Adopt a Mile, Inherit an Understanding

Be a force for positive change by adopting a mile-long segment of Oregon’s stunning coastline. Through this commitment, you’ll observe natural changes and human influences that shape our shores. Your reports and photos become an essential tool for informed decision-making.

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Education and Exploration

Embark on a journey of discovery. CoastWatch provides a platform for learning about the intricate ecology and captivating natural history of our shoreline by providing educational resources that unveil the secrets of the coastal environment, deepening your connection to the beauty surrounding us.

A group of people standing on the beach at sunrise.

CoastWatch event exploring Seal Rock.

Harnessing the Power of Data

Step into the realm of community science and contribute to valuable data-informed projects that impact your coast. CoastWatch offers the opportunity to become an essential part of ongoing research efforts, adding your observations to a collective pool of information that aids in understanding and preserving our coastal ecosystems.

“CoastWatch empowers ordinary citizens to become extraordinary stewards of our coastal treasures, shaping a legacy of conservation and connection.”

Together, We Make a Difference

CoastWatch thrives on the collaborative spirit of its volunteers, who work collectively to monitor and advocate for a thriving coastal environment. Join a vibrant community dedicated to contributing to the lasting health, beauty, and safety of Oregon’s shoreline for generations to come.

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Your commitment, no matter how big or small, contributes to a collective effort that shapes a more sustainable future for coastal communities and ecosystems.