Resources and links to our amazing natural world


This Week: May 25, 2020



Oregon State University will celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8 with a special Science Pub featuring marine videos, a panel of expert guests, trivia, music, art and a children’s book reading.

The free, virtual event will focus on Heceta Bank, a biodiversity and fishing hotspot about 35 miles off Cape Perpetua on the Oregon coast. Oregon State scientists have conducted research on the bank for more than 60 years to understand how ocean processes set the stage for Oregon’s fisheries and coastal ecosystem. The science pub will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and can be viewed for free by anyone.The event will be broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Registration is required and can be completed at Details about how to access the talk will be sent via email.




Octopus Play Date

(near right) In case you missed feeding time this morning (5/28), our current octopus put on a show. Check out her silly antics as she plays with her toys.

Volunteer Appreciation Week!

(far right) Thank you Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center, volunteers. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Until then stay safe and know that you are appreciated. 


Past Features:

  • May 11, 2020: Here is the May volunteer newsletter.
  • April 20, 2020: Volunteer Appreciation Week video
  • April 20, 2020: Octopus Paints video. Our latest octopus resident is getting quality painting time these days. The easel sits directly on the side of the octopus exhibit. Attached to the easel is a series of pulleys, paint brushes, and a Mr. Potato Head! The aquarist places tasty food for the octopus into the Mr. Head Potato which sits in the water. The octopus then “plays” with the Mr. Potato Head and creates a push and pull action which forces the pulley system to move the paint brushes up and down and from side to side.
  • April 17, 2020: Here is an awesome resource available through the International Audubon Society with over fifty videos, birding tips, educational activities and more! (Thanks for sharing Nancy E.)