Review tips for the day of your trip and student expectations so that we can ensure a safe and fun day for all!

    Day of your Trip

    • Check road conditions and weather before you set out, and remember to budget time for a restroom break into your plans so that the students are ready to start class on time.
    • Arrive at least 10-15 minutes before your class is to begin.
    • NEW! Education staff will be waiting to meet you in the parking lot outside of the visitor center at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your first class. If you arrive and are not greeted by education staff, send one chaperone or adult to check-in with Visitor Center front desk while your students are unloading and they will notify education staff to come greet your group outside.
    • If bringing a large group, be sure to pre-determine smaller groups ahead of time and have chaperones divide students into smaller groups while you check in with the education staff.
    • We are only able to accept check or purchase order payable to the "HMSC Sea Grant" on the day of your trip. You can pay via credit card through your online account anytime before or after your trip.
    • If your group arrives 20 minutes late, the class will be forfeited, and a “No Show” fee of $75 will be applied.
    • We do not have dining facilities, vending machines, or indoor/covered locations for lunch breaks. Please plan accordingly.

    COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Guidelines

    (effective January 2022)

    In accordance with Oregon State University’s COVID-19 response as well as the Oregon Health Authority (OHA’s) Youth Program Reopening Public Health Recommendations and Requirements, the following safety protocols must be adhered to at all times:

    • Face coverings are required for all indoor activities and outdoor activities where distance of 6-feet cannot be maintained. Face coverings should be worn properly and cover the nose and mouth at all times. Face coverings are defined as an item affixed to the face to help prevent the COVID-19 virus, including cloth garments that cover the nose and mouth, and medical-grade disposable masks. This definition and policy exclude face coverings that incorporate a valve to facilitate easy exhalation, mesh masks, lace masks, face shields or other coverings with openings, holes, or visible gaps in the design, material or vents.
    • As the sponsoring school/organization, I am responsible for daily logs and record-keeping to assist state or local public health authorities with contact tracing. In the event of a post-visit positive case of COVID-19, I certify that I will contact my Local Public Health Authority (Directory -, the Lincoln County Public Health Authority, and Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education ([email protected]).
    • Prior to leaving your home location:
      • We ask that you conduct a health check of all program participants (students and chaperones) for COVID-19 symptoms prior to joining us for your programming. 
      • If any participants are experiencing any of the following symptoms, they be left at home and not accompany the group:
        • Cough
        • Fever (over 100.4°F)
        • Chills
        • Muscle pain
        • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        • Sore throat
        • New loss of taste or smell
    • Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) Marine Education is responsible for maintaining a list of individuals in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with your group through program offerings. OSG education staff will ensure all program participants and staff are symptom free and have not had any known exposure to individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. OSG will also notify you immediately of any known post-visit positive cases of COVID-19 within those that worked with your group.

    Student Behavior Expectations

    • Stay with your group and chaperones
    • Be courteous and respectful of all visitors and staff
    • Use indoor voices; walk, don’t run
    • Be respectful of the exhibits and the buildings
    • Don’t climb or pound on exhibits
    • Where permitted, touch the animals gently
    • Do not pick up or move the animals in the touch tanks
    • Keep food, drinks and gum out of the buildings
    • Wear face covering at all times while indoors and outdoors when 6ft distance cannot be maintained
    • Wash hands frequently
    • Practice physical distancing

    Download Chaperone Guidelines (English) (Spanish - coming soon!)