The coast as classroom

Based at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, on the central Oregon coast, Oregon Sea Grant's marine education program offers classes, day-long learning events, summer camps, family programs and other opportunities for K-12 and home-schooled students and groups of all ages. Visit their website for detailed information about current and upcoming classes, day camps and other activities.

All programs are built around marine science, tied to state and national STEM standards, and offer opportunities for learning, exploration and fun. Classes take place in the HMSC Learning Labs, the HMSC Visitor Center and aquarium, or outdoors at nearby beaches, trails and forests. Together, these programs serve some 150,000 visitors and 11,000 school-aged children each year.

Through our partnership in the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, we promote integrated science, technology, engineering and math education, serving teachers, students and communities along the Oregon coast. 

Additional resources for educators

  • Streamwebs Watershed Educator Kits - Sea Grant's watershed education team has developed a set of kits that may be checked out by educators for use by their students in field and classroom projects. Many are available for pickup in Corvallis and in Newport. Our online kit reservation service now gives teachers easy access to descriptions of the kits, a calendar indicating their availability, and an online reservation form.
  • WISE, our Watershed and Invasive Species Education Program, offers STEM-appropriate lesson plans, curricula and activities - many of them developed by teachers - for use in K-12 classrooms.
  • Menace to the West AIS Toolkit is a large collection of curricula, lesson plans and activities around the subject of invasive species.
  • Marine Science Careers - A site developed by Sea Grant programs around the U.S. to give students a picture of the range and variety of careers in the marine sciences.