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Free Summer Education Experiences
for the Whole Family

Seasideís Watershed Estuary Beach Discovery Program

If you want to learn more about the beach and the Necanicum river in Seaside, this is the program for you.

When: Fridays and Sundays on the beach in front of the Seaside Aquarium, Saturdays at Quatat Marine Park in downtown Seaside, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

At the beach station, view grains of sand through a microscope, touch live sand dollars, and discover what creatures live below the surface on an open sandy beach. Along the river, learn about the interaction between fresh and salt water as you track the tides, pull crab pots, and explore a variety of local estuarine life.

Haystack Exhibit

Haystack Rock Awareness Program in Cannon Beach

Learn more about "the rock" and the life that clings so tightly to it.

At low tides a trailer is set up in front of Haystack rock with samples of tidepool life to examine, spotting scopes for viewing birds, and staff and volunteers to answer your questions about intertidal life and the North Oregon Coast. A twenty-year tradition, the Haystack Rock Awareness program is a Cannon Beach institution. For information on times and tides, visit Cannon Beachís Chamber of Commerce.

The Gateway Natural History Center in Seaside

Located on Highway 101 in north Seaside, this Natural History Museum offers a great introduction to the resources of the area, stunning aerial photos, and interpretation about the local Clatsop tribe. Call 503-738-5618 for more info.

Important Beach Safety

1. Never turn your back on the ocean. Sneaker wavers are very powerful, sometimes strong enough to knock over an adult.

2. Avoid logs in the surf. They may look stable, but the ocean can roll logs over you.

3. This is not a safe area for swimming in the ocean. Be aware there is a strong undercurrent.

4. Completely extinguish your campfires. Embers can burn for days if left or covered.

5. Leave marine mammals alone. Marine mammals can carry diseases transmittable to humans.

A Load of Rubbish

      Summer at the beach evokes wonderful images of beach volleyball, playing in the surf, bonfires... Few itineraries include a trip to the hospital to care for a sliced foot. Beach injuries are incredibly common in the summer as some visitors enjoy bonfires and beverages on the beach and others hope to kick off those flip-flops and go aunaturel. The amount of broken glass and other sharp objects hiding inches under the sand can be staggering. Please use some common sense to help keep beach injuries to a minimum:

  • Pack it out. If you bring it to the beach, take it away with you. This includes bottles, cans, coat hangers for roasting hot dogs, leftover firework casings, and other garbage.

  • Bring a bag. Before settling into a spot on the beach, check around for broken glass and other sharpies. Remember, there are things lurking below the surface. If youíre looking for a useful project to do with your kids, donít wait for the next official event: clean up a piece of beach.

  • Always wear shoes. This one is a bummer but a fact of life for a busy beach. Youíll enjoy your visit much more with whole feet.

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Seaside Aquarium
200 North Prom
Seaside, OR 97138
(503) 738-6211
Photos by Tiffany Boothe and courtesy of the
Seaside Museum and Historical Society






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