News & Announcements

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April 11, 2011

AZA Grants Accreditation to Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Oregon Coast Aquarium was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. “Not all aquariums are the same. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is one of the best in the world because it has met the highest standards in the world,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “It takes hard work and dedication t... more

March 21, 2011

Aquarium Youths Attend Student Summit in Washington D.C.

Four youth volunteers from the Oregon Coast Aquarium traveled to Washington D.C. recently, to attend the 2011 Student Summit on the Ocean & Coasts. The student delegation, accompanied by Tricia Ratliff, Aquarium youth volunteer coordinator and Jessica Haxel, teacher at Siletz Valley Early College Academy, spent five days in the nation’s capitol and presented programs on ocean acidi... more

Enrollment Open for Youth Volunteer Training

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is looking for teenagers to join its youth volunteer team. Young people have an opportunity to explore the fascinating world of marine science and share their knowledge as Aquarium interpreters. Youth volunteers spend 36 hours in training learning about marine science, marine animals, and conservation.  Successful completion of tr... more

March 10, 2011

Aquarium Seeks Adult Volunteers

The Oregon Coast Aquarium has opened enrollment for its 2011 Adult Volunteer Spring Training. In addition to interpretive volunteer training, volunteer positions are being offered in facility maintenance, the Aquarium gift shop, special events, exhibits and administration. The training begins April 2 and continues each Saturday through May 7,  9 am to 5 pm. Volunteers wor... more

Spring Break Offers Fascinating Fun

Activities for all ages offered during spring break at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. In addition to daily animal feedings and hands-on exhibits, the Aquarium will offer animal encounters, sleepovers and a trip to the mudflats of an estuary. Visitors can also see the Aquarium’s newest resident sea otter, Mojo. “This is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy themselves at the beach w... more

February 15, 2011

Fabulous February at the Aquarium!

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering activities to chase away the winter blahs this month, including Valentine’s Day sea lion kisses, a “Pop the Question” special for sweethearts, a birthday party for Hunter, the sea otter and Super Sundays, $5 admission for Lincoln County Residents is being offered on Sundays throughout February. “Pop the Question” Special is a unique marriage proposal being ... more

January 06, 2011

Young Sea Otter Joins Otter Exhibit

A young rescued Northern sea otter was introduced to the Sea Otter Exhibit at the Oregon Coast Aquarium under close supervision of Aquarium mammalogists on December 21, 2010. The animal swam into his new home in the sea otter exhibit with the other Aquarium sea otters and explored his new home, taking time to play briefly with one of the older resident otters. Mojo arrived in Oakland, Californ... more

October 01, 2010

Open House October To Spotlight New Animals At The Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is inviting visitors behind the scenes throughout the month of October during special interpretive glimpses of daily featured exhibits. “Open House October” will offer visitors a chance to see how Aquarium animals are cared for, how the life support systems work and areas normally off limits to the public. “The Aquarium has acquired three new animals recently and one m... more

September 23, 2010

Aquarium To Host Nye Beach Murder Mystery

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will host the Nye Beach Murder Mystery October 8 - 9 with an interactive “whodunit” benefitting the Aquarium and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The event is based upon the murder mystery, “Body in the Bloody Water Well” by Ram Papish, an 1898 themed mystery. Participants are encouraged to wear 1890’s costumes throughout the event. The cast will vote for best ... more

September 20, 2010

Creatures Of The Night To Creep Back To The Aquarium

After a one-year hiatus, the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s annual Halloween event, “Creatures of the Night,” will creep back into the Aquarium with a slightly different format. There will be a gentler event during the day for younger goblins during “Creatures of the Day,” with face painting, games and candy from 10 am – 4 pm. The Aquarium will then close its doors from 4 to 6:30 pm and quietly mutate... more