There are many ways for homeschooling families to learn at the Hatfield Visitor Center. You can explore the Visitor Center's exhibits on your own, attend one of our public programs, arrange a private class for your homeschool group and attend Homeschool Day events in the fall and spring.

Fall 2022 Homeschool Programming - REGISTER NOW!

After two years of virtual programming, the Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education Program is thrilled to have families join us for exciting, hands-on activities in-person at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. We will be offering a variety of age-specific programs and we kindly ask that you review the options listed below and determine one program that works best for your family’s age-range (adults/guardians will register for the program as a family unit). Registration will open on Wednesday, September 7th at Noon (PT). Space is limited for each program, so mark the registration date on your calendar to ensure you get your 1st choice of programming. If you are interested in a second program, you may contact us and let us know your interest and we would be happy to add you and your family to the second program if space permits.

IMPORTANT LOGISTICS:

  • Age-specific homeschool programming will be held in-person at Hatfield Marine Science Center from 10 am - 2:30 pm on three separate dates. Each event includes 2-3 hours of hands-on STEM-themed activities, a break for lunch, craft time, and visitor center exploration.
    • September 30 - “Dazzled by Drifters” - Grades 2nd - 7th (FULL; waitlist only)
    • October 14 - “Ocean Engineering” - Grades 6th - 12th
    • October 28 - “Weird Science” - Pre-K to 3rd Grade
  • Cost is $25 per person (adults and children) per event. Please note there are no refunds or credits for no-shows; credits are available for last minute cancelations due to illness. Please contact the Marine Education Coordinator if your plans change and you can no longer attend.
  • Registration opens Wednesday, September 7th at Noon (PT)
    • IMPORTANT: Please limit your family to one homeschool event. If you are interested in attending more than one event, please contact us and we will add you to a separate waitlist and invite you to register for a second event if space allows.
    • During registration, please register an adult/guardian first (who will serve as the primary adult) by selecting that "this registration is for "Me (Your Name)" on the Registration tab. You will have the opportunity to add all additional adults and children individually as you progress through the registration process. 
    • Registration will close one week prior to the scheduled event.
    • If your preferred program fills quickly, please add your family to the waitlist and if there is enough interest, we will consider increasing the program capacity. You are welcome to register for your second choice in the meantime. Feel free to reach out to the Marine Education Coordinator ([email protected]; 541-867-0233) with any questions or concerns regarding the waitlist and/or program preference.
    • Please note, our credit card payment site shuts down on a monthly basis for updates. It will be unavailable September 23. If you register on this date, just select the "Mail a Check" payment option and submit your registration. You can then either mail a check or log in another day to pay by credit card.

Age-Specific Homeschool Day Events

Friday, September 30th, 10 am - 2:30 pm
Register Now! (FULL; Waitlist Only)
Registration closes on Friday, September 23rd

During this in-person homeschool program, families will engage with Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education staff and explore the dazzling drifters that we call plankton! Participants will learn how scientists sample and identify plankton and the importance of various adaptations for survival in the dynamic ocean environment.

 

Hands-on Activities Include:

Plankton Ecology Lab - Use plankton nets to collect samples from the Yaquina Bay, then identify plankton using microscopes in this combination field and lab program. Participants will learn about the importance of plankton to the survival of all marine organisms. Important Note: A portion of this program requires families to head outdoors to the HMSC mudflat along the Yaquina Bay Estuary - rubber boots and jackets are recommended.

Fantastic Floaters  - Participants will continue learning about the unique adaptations of drifters, specifically focusing on the role of buoyancy in keeping plankton near the surface. Participants will test their new buoyancy knowledge as they work to engineer their own “plankton” that hovers in the water just below the surface. Join us to see which family member can design a plankton that is best able to maintain its position in the water column.

Crafts and Visitor Center Exploration - All families will have the opportunity to engage in plankton-themed crafts. Materials will be provided for participants to use on-site or families are welcome to take all materials for continued fun and learning at home. Families will also have the option to explore the visitor center at the end of our program. All visitor center fees are included in the registration fee.

Friday, October 14th, 10 am - 2:30 pm
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Registration closes on Friday, October 7

During this in-person homeschool program, families will engage with Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education staff and explore the critical role engineering plays in understanding ocean habitats, processes, and fisheries management.  

 

Hands-on Activities Include:

ROV Design Challenge -  In this hands-on program, families will learn how Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are used for research and then be challenged to work together to design mini-ROVs that will be used to complete a mission. Important Note: A portion of this program requires families to head outdoors to test their mini-ROVs in tanks outside the classroom - jackets and/or layers are recommended.

Turtle Excluder Devices  - Learn about the issue of bycatch in fisheries, and how engineers are designing trawling nets to target fish while excluding other critical marine life, such as sea turtles! Families will then be tasked to design their own excluder device for a fishing net to target only one fish species, while letting the rest go. 

Visitor Center Exploration - Families will also have the option to explore the visitor center at the end of our program. All visitor center fees are included in the registration fee.

 

Friday, October 28th, 10 am - 2:30 pm
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Registration closes on Friday, October 21

During this in-person homeschool program, families will engage with Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education staff and explore the gooey, slimy, and often glowing critters that call the deep sea home. Join us and kick-off your Halloween weekend with fun and interactive educational activities.

 

Hands-on Activities Include:

Gutless Wonders - Come explore the wonders of the deepest part of the oceans – hydrothermal vents!  Learn about these amazing environments and some of the bizarre creatures that call them home, including the amazing tubeworm that has no stomach.  Then make your own deep-sea tubeworm to take home.

Deep Sea Denizens  - Why are so many deep-sea animals red? Participants will use the process of science to delve into the amazing world of deep-sea fishes and learn about the adaptations that enable them to live in the darkness. 

Crafts and Visitor Center Exploration - All families will have the opportunity to engage in deep sea-themed crafts. Materials will be provided for participants to use on-site or families are welcome to take all materials for continued fun and learning at home. Families will also have the option to explore the visitor center at the end of our program. All visitor center fees are included in the registration fee.

 

COVID-19 Safety Procedures

We are looking forward to providing an exciting and safe learning experience for all participants and have outlined expectations and requirements that are in accordance with the current Oregon State University’s COVID-19 response (https://covid.oregonstate.edu/) as well as the Oregon Health Authority (OHA’s) Youth Program Reopening Public Health Recommendations and Requirements (https://beav.es/3bx). Prior to registering your family for our homeschool programming, please thoroughly review the COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Expectations outlined below. Parents/Guardians will be asked to verify they have read and agree to the following safety protocols and expectations during the registration process. 

Per Oregon Health Authority and Oregon State University guidance, all participants and Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) Marine Education Staff must comply with the following safety protocols and procedures. Please note that these protocols and expectations are subject to change as OHA and OSU policies are updated. 

General Policies and Daily Expectations (as of August 24, 2022):

  • Face coverings and masks are welcome, but not required. Per OHA Guidelines, if Lincoln County moves to HIGH risk for COVID-19 due to case load, masks will be strongly RECOMMENDED. We will be tracking county risk levels via the CDC COVID-19 by County website and will be communicating accordingly.
  •  Physical distancing is recommended as much as possible to maximize safety.
  • Educators and participants will be encouraged to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60-95%) often, and will be required to wash their hands prior to eating lunch. 
  • Families are required to bring their own lunch and sharing of food is prohibited.
  • Prior to leaving your home location:
    • We ask that you conduct a health check of all program participants (adults and children) for COVID-19 symptoms prior to joining us for your programming. 
    • If any participants are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we kindly ask that your family does not participate in the homeschool event.
      • Cough
      • Fever (over 100.4°F)
      • Chills
      • Muscle pain
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Sore throat
      • New loss of taste or smell
  • If your family needs to cancel, please contact the Marine Education Coordinator ([email protected]; 541-867-0233) as soon as possible and we would be happy to credit your fees for future use. Credits will not be administered for no-show participants. 

 

We are committed to providing fun homeschool programming that maximizes safety for staff and participants. As mentioned above, these safety protocols are subject to change as we continue to monitor cases in Lincoln County. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Homeschool Day Parent Feedback:

"The teachers are stellar, the experiments are fresh and new, and the curriculum appeals to all our family in different ways . . . Thank you for a high quality experience. We will be back again for sure!"

"The teachers were knowledgeable, organized, focused and made the learning fun. It was an excellent day! I would definitely recommend this to other home school families!"