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November 06, 2014

Aquarium Honors Veterans with Free Admission

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will honor veterans and active duty military personnel with free admission to an ocean of coastal and marine discovery on Veterans Day. As always, family members who accompany them to the Aquarium are eligible for a 10 percent discount. Families of active duty military personnel are also eligible for the discount, even if the person serving is not pre... more

October 22, 2014

Aquarium Divers See Hope in Juvenile Stars

Newport, Oregon—Divers in the Pacific Northwest faced a gruesome landscape of over the past few months. Sea stars, stricken with a wasting syndrome whose cause has puzzled scientists across the globe, were disintegrating arm by arm into pale piles of gelatinous goo. A glimmer of hope appeared on Florence’s North Jetty this month in the form of juvenile stars. Aquarium volunteer science diver,... more

October 09, 2014

Zombie Apocalypse to Strike Aquarium during Creatures of the Night

Newport, Oregon— Teeth-gnashing zombies will terrorize Oregon Coast Aquarium visitors the night of Saturday, October 25, when the annual Halloween celebration, Creatures of the Night, invades the Newport-based attraction. This 4-acre passage of nightmares will frighten and delight visitors that embrace the spirit of Halloween from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Aquarium hosts the annual event to rai... more

October 07, 2014

Oyster Cloyster

Newport, Oregon—Oh shucks, seasons are changing on the Oregon coast. As fall storms begin to roll back into Newport two local nonprofits have devised a way to brighten the impending season. Chefs will shuck and corks will pop on Saturday, November 1, when the Oregon Coast Aquarium opens its doors for the 14th annual Oyster Cloyster presented by Chinook Winds Casino Resort and Pacific Seafood. ... more

October 02, 2014

The Lost Fish Finds its Way to Newport

Newport, Oregon—The Lost Fish, a documentary about several Northwest tribes’ efforts to save the Pacific lamprey in the Colombia River Basin, will screen in Newport on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. The Pacific lamprey has wormed its eel-like body through Earth’s waters for over 400 million years. The species survived mass extinctions, but slipped through the cracks of modern conservation ef... more

September 22, 2014

Aquarium Divers Conducted Submarine Science for Oregon Marine Reserve Managers

Newport, Oregon—Over half a dozen divers plunged into a cold water reef near Port Orford on the southern Oregon coast in early September. Sustained winds were just six miles per hour, creating relatively calm boating and dive conditions for these seasoned divers. With slates and cameras in hand, they swam through surge that pitched them back and forth as far as 5 meters, carefully identifying a... more

September 09, 2014

COASTALearning Symposium Opens World of Outdoor Education to Oregon Teachers

Newport, Oregon—The outdoors will invade Oregon classrooms this fall – or at least, that is what the organizers behind the COASTALearning Symposium hope following the event on October 9 and 10. The Symposium will feature nearly 50 sessions to, “Make the ocean and forest a natural place for student learning,” according to the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s school liaison, Rachael Bashor, who coordinat... more

September 03, 2014

Aquarium Launches Operation Otter Awareness

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s resident sea otters, Judge, 14, Schuster, 3, Nuka, 1 and Oswald, 10 months, will co-host over a dozen educational activities on Saturday, September 27 when the Oregon Coast Aquarium celebrates Sea Otter Awareness Week. The Aquarium hopes the effort will help stamp sea otters’ place at the forefront of Oregonians’ hearts and minds. These marine member... more

August 12, 2014

Volunteers Needed; Tolerance of Cute Critters a Must

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium is home to over 15,000 animals, each a representative ambassador of their species in the wild. The challenge? These creatures cannot speak for themselves. Over 150 outstanding volunteer interpreters donate their time to add depth to these animals and their native environments to the 450,000 people that visit the Aquarium each year. “Interpretation ... more

August 07, 2014

Adorable Animals Hatch at Aquarium

Newport, Oregon—Six species of seabirds made way for busy parents and tiny chicks over the past week when two common murres pipped their way through egg shells and into the world. “They’re just a handful right now, no bigger than a lemon, and most of that is feathers,” said aviculturist Heather Olson. The baby birds’ diminutive size is temporary, and they are already packing on grams by the d... more