Yellow balloon on a sandy beach

How can we prevent balloons from ending up in the environment?
Students learn about balloons that become marine debris, and then identify solutions that would prevent these objects from ending up on the beach. (Gr 4-12)

children explore a beach box

Bring the beach into the classroom.
Instructions for creating table top boxes full of marine debris and natural materials found on a beach. (all ages)

crab pots

How do environmental and ecological factors affect ocean deoxygenation off the Oregon Coast?
Students explore the causes and effects of hypoxia in the coastal ocean through a case study based on real-world events. (Gr 6-7)

oceanographic buoy lying on deck

How does coastal upwelling impact ocean temperature and productivity?
Students learn the causes and effects of upwelling and apply this knowledge in other applications. (Gr 9-12)


Do Aiptasia with symbiotic algae grow better than those without symbiotic algae?
Students explore how scientists use sea anemones as a model organism to understand coral bleaching. (Gr 9-12)


photo of researchers collecting copepods in tidepools

How can we use copepods as a model to learn about how marine organisms tolerate extreme hypoxia?
Students explore how scientists use intertidal plantkon as a model organism to understand adaptations to hypoxic stress. (Gr 9-12)


Do my choices in clothing affect fish in the deep sea?
Students learn about the sources, transport, and fate of microfibers that end up in the bodies of deep sea lanternfish. (Gr 6)

Map of Sea Surface Temperature in the Northeast Pacific in Fall 2016

What can tiny plankton tell us about past and present ocean climate?
Students learn about marine heatwaves and how the distribution of foraminifera species in the fossil record and in deep sea sediment cores helps researchers understand changes in ocean climate. (Gr 9-12)

Photo of a person crouched on a costal dune looking at hybrid beachgrass

How does a newly-discovered beachgrass hybrid affect coastal ecosytems?
Students investigate how the hybrid species differs from its parents, and how the grass may impact the ecosystem. (Gr 9-12)

Fishing boat near a wind farm

Where should we put the wind turbines?
Students consider the impacts of offshore wind energy in Oregon within the context of coastal economics and fisheries management. (Gr 9-12)

photo of several green crabs

Are green crabs invading Oregon estuaries and causing harmful impacts?
Students explore the presence and impacts of non-native green crabs in Oregon estuaries. (Gr 9-11)

a photo of kelp underwater

What factors affect biodiversity and community structure in West Coast kelp forests?
Student learn about how food webs, competition for resources, and environmental factors shape communities, especially in kelp forests. (Gr 9-12)

photo of snowy Antarctica coastline

How are the inhabitants of a polar ecosystem affected by rising global temperatures caused by climate change?
Students learn about the critical role that krill play in Antarctic ecosystems, and how krill populations have changed over time. (Gr. 6-7)

aerial photo of South Slough estuary

What factors drive differences between an urban estuary and a protected estuary reserve?
Students explore how and why water quality varies in two coastal estuaries. (Gr. 6-8)

Photo of a dense aggregation of plankton

What factors contribute to spatial variability in plankton abundance?
Students use plankton abundance data collected off Oregon and California to learn about ecological sampling and interpretation. (Gr. 7-8)

photo of steelhead male and female

Why can’t all salmon be managed in the same fashion?
Students learn how the life cycles and population histories of different salmon species affect how they respond to ecosystem disturbances. (Gr. 9-10)

Sea stars and mussels

How do sea stars affect rocky intertidal ecosystems?
Students explore data from tidepools and learn about the importance of predators in coastal ecosystems. (Gr 6-8)

photo of flooded coastal path

What causes changes in sea level over short and long periods of time?
Students explore the causes of variability in sea level and learn how scientists measure sea level. (Gr 9-12)

Plastic wad on the beach

How can we prevent the escape of plastic wads into the environment?
Students learn about plastic wad marine debris, and then identify solutions that would prevent these objects from ending up on the beach. (Gr 4-12)

photo of a tsunami evacuation sign and two people in the background

Tsunami Quests are located in Clatsop, Lincoln, and Coos Counties
Engaging self-guided walks in which participants have a positive outdoor experience learning about earthquake and tsunami safety at the coast. (all ages)

photo of several upcycled plastic card holders

Turn plastic bags into high quality materials.
Guidance for upcycling discarded plastic bags into sturdy, useful, attractive items of higher value that can continue to be used. (Gr 4-12)

yellow rope

How can we prevent the escape of yellow rope into the environment?
Students learn about yellow rope marine debris, and then identify solutions that would prevent these fragments from ending up on the beach. (Gr 4-12)