STEM Learning Sites on the Oregon Coast

Use the map below to search places where you can go with your students and engage in STEM activities, including museums, natural areas and industries that offer tours.  Maximize the map to get the best view, and click on the list in the upper left corner to see an alphabetical list of sites.  Do you know of a site that should be on this list?  Contribute to the list

 

Icon Pin Color Location

blue pin

Blue Clatsop County

red pin

Red Tillamook County
orange pin Orange Lincoln County
 purple pin Purple Lane and Douglas Counties

green pin

Green Coos and Curry Counties

 

 

Other Great Maps: 
For information about tidepooling throughout the coast, check maps and info at oregontidepools.org
For information about Oregon Marine Reserves on the coast, visit ODFW's site oregonmarinereserves.com or the Partnership site: oregonmarinereserves.org  
Prepare for coastal field experiences with tsunami evacuation information from oregontsunami.org

 

CLATSOP COUNTY

  • Big Creek Hatchery -ODFW, fish rearing and pond viewing - link
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum - Museum exhibits, guided and self-guided programs - link
  • Gnat Creek Fish Hatchery - ODFW hatchery, how pond, trails, wildlife viewing - link
  • Haystack Rock Awareness Program - Guided and self-guided intertidal and bird programs - link
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop - Guided and self-guided programs, interpretive center, outdoor exhibits - link

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

  • Cape Lookout State Park - Walking trails and sandy beaches - link
  • Cedar Creek Hatchery - ODFW Salmon and waterfowl viewing - link 
  • Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS - news, events and learning sites - link
  • Kilchis Point Reserve - Tillamook County Pioneer Museum outdoor natural and human history programs - link
  • Nehalem River and Bay - Water trail, sandy beach and dunes - link
  • Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Wildlife viewing - link
  • Nestucca, Sand Lake & Neskowin Creek Watersheds - Water trail - link
  • Netarts Bay - Wildlife viewing - link
  • North Nehalem Hatchery - ODFW, Spawning and adult fish viewing, indoor display - link 
  • Oswald West State Park - Coastal forest trails, tidepools, sandy beaches - link
  • Tillamook Air Museum - Museum exhibits - link
  • Tillamook Bay Watershed - Water trail - link
  • Tillamook County Pioneer Museum - Guided and self-guided museum tours and field programs at Kilchis Point Reserve - link
  • Tillamook Estuaries Partnership - Events, programs, classroom visits, water trail guides - link
  • Tillamook Forest Center - Outdoor forest programs, interpretive center - link
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory - Self-guided tours - link
  • Trask River Hatchery - ODFW Salmon viewing, group tours available - link
  • Twin Rock Friends Camp - Youth camps and Outdoor School - link
  • Whiskey Creek Fish Hatchery - Tillamook Anglers volunteer-run hatchery, view fish - link

LINCOLN COUNTY

  • Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center - OPRD museum exhibits about the old and new Alsea Bay Bridge, bridge walk  - link
  • Brian Booth State Park (Beaver Creek) - Trails, guided tours and kayak programs - link
  • Cape Perpetua Scenic Area - Interpretive center, forested trails, tidepools, Quest - link
  • Drift Creek Nature Center - Camp, outdoor school, trails - link  
  • Evergreen Air and Space Museum - Museum exhibits, programs and outreach - link
  • Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon Sea Grant lab and field marine science programs and events, Visitor Center, estuary nature trail, Quests - link
  • Marine Discovery Tours - Boat tours in Yaquina Bay, otter trawl, whale watching and trip scholarshipslink
  • NOAA Ship Rainier - Tours of the ship will be available to groups while the vessel is in port December 2016 - April 2017. Email for more information.
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium - Aquarium exhibits, self-guided and lab programs, HS volunteers, internships - link
  • Oregon Hatchery Research Center - ODFW/OSU lab and field programs, salmonid spawning, Quest - link
  • Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council - REEF program's guided classroom and outdoor restoration activities - link - NEW: See the 2016 Fall Internship Opportunity
  • Salmon River Hatchery - ODFW salmonid viewing, indoor display - link
  • Seal Rock State Recreation Site - Tidepools, sandy beach, wildlife viewing - link
  • Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Wildlife viewing, summer guided paddling programs - link
  • Smelt Sands State Recreation Site - 804 Trail, tidepools, wildlife viewing - link
  • South Beach State Park - Dunes, sandy beach, jetty, Quest - link
  • Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary - Remote Portland Audubon coastal forest reserve, bird and fish habitats, school programs by appointment - link
  • W.B. Nelson State Recreation Site - Fishing, wildlife viewing - link
  • Whale Watching Center - OPRD museum exhibits, wildlife viewing - link
  • Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, BLM - Tidepool and lighthouse programs, interpretive center, Quests - link

LANE AND DOUGLAS COUNTIES

  • Darlingtonia State Botanical Wayside - Boardwalk trail leads to carnivorous pitcher plants - link
  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area - Beach and dunes - link
  • Port of Siuslaw - Summer science programs - link
  • Siuslaw Watershed Council - Salmon and watershed education program, classroom and field programs - link
  • Umpqua Discovery Center - Museum exhibits and programs - link

COOS AND CURRY COUNTIES

  • Bandon Hatchery - ODFW, salmonid viewing and spawning, birding - link 
  • Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge - Shorebird viewing and programs - link
  • Cape Arago State Park - Wildlife viewing - link
  • Charleston Marine Life Center - Marine exhibits - link 
  • Coquille Point - Oregon Islands NWR viewpoint - link and SEA programs - link
  • Elk River Hatchery - ODFW hatchery, outdoor signage - link
  • Harris Beach State Park - Wildlife viewing, tidepools - link
  • Millicoma Marhs - Freshwater and saltwater marsh - link
  • Noble Creek Fish Hatchery - Volunteer run STEP hatchery - link
  • Port Orford Heads State Park - Lifeboat Station museum, trails, Quest - link
  • Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve - Interpretive signage, tidepools - link
  • Simpson Reef Overlook - Park of Cape Arago State Park, viewing for marine mammals and birds, programs - link
  • South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve - Field programs, interpretive center, Quest - link
  • Sunset Bay State Park - OPRD sandy beach, trails - link
  • Washed Ashore - Museum of art made from marine debris, workshops, classes - link