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January 05, 2012

Aquarium Wraps Up 2011

The last year has been a memorable one for the Oregon Coast Aquarium and it applauds the community and some of the area’s non-profit organizations with whom it collaborated in 2011. “The Aquarium is a non profit facility itself, and relies on visitor-related revenues, grants, and donations to finance our annual operations,” said Carrie Lewis, Aquarium President and CEO.  “We under... more

Fisheries Day

The Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Newport Fisherman’s Wives and Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission are teaming up to offer Fisheries Day December 28 from 10 am – 4 pm. A day of activities at the Aquarium will offer information about the Oregon Dungeness crab fishery, which has just started its season. Fisheries Day falls on Five Dollar Wed... more

Bringing the Shore to Your Door

A new season of outreach is underway as Oregon Coast Aquarium educators travel all over Oregon in their colorful education van, bringing marine science to grade schools throughout the region.  The van, made possible by grants from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Trust Management Services, LLC and the Jackson Foundation, is painted with a ... more

The Sea of Lights

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will be decked out for the holidays surrounded by a sea of twinkling lights, holiday music, a new photography exhibit and unique gift ideas. The 19th Annual Sea of Lights is a festive holiday celebration Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm both evenings. A tradition for many families, visitors come from all over the region during the h... more

November 02, 2011

Creatures Helps Restock Food Pantries

The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s annual Halloween event, Creatures, crept back to the Aquarium Saturday, with visitors bringing in a total of 4,295 pounds of food for Food Share of Lincoln County and Newport Food Pantry. It also brought in pet food for the Central Coast Humane Society. Admission to the event was $2 and two items of food or pet food.The annual family Halloween celebration is now two ... more

The Last Sixty Days of Swampland

With two months left to see the Swampland, visitors are invited to discover the animals and habitats of three different types of swamps during “The Last Sixty Days of Swampland,” before it is dismantled beginning January 3, 2012.Swampland is an elaborate immersive experience, with colorful murals depicting three different types of swamps. Exotic creatures make their homes here among replicated ... more

October 20, 2011

The Sea of Lights Dec. 2 and 3

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will be decked out for the holidays surrounded by a sea of twinkling lights, holiday music, a new photography exhibit and unique gift ideas. The 19th Annual Sea of Lights is a festive holiday celebration Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm both evenings. A tradition for many families, visitors come from all over the region during the holiday seas... more

September 27, 2011

"Creatures" October 29

The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s annual Halloween event, “Creatures,” will creep back to the Oregon Coast Aquarium Saturday, October 29 with two events. “Creatures of the Day” is a gentler event for goblins 9 years old and under from 10 am to 4 pm. The Aquarium will then close its doors from 4 pm to 6:30 pm and quietly mutate into an ominous landscape for the annual soiree of the sinister, “Creatur... more

Ocean Art Classes for Kids

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering two art classes created for older kids and teens, taught by Newport artist Ron Houchens. The classes will help support the Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network, an online resource currently under development, which will connect kids and teenagers with the ocean. The Network will feature Houchens’ colorful depictions of fish, octopuses, lighthouses and sharks.“Thi... more

Sea Otter Awareness

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will observe Sea Otter Awareness Sunday, September 25 and Saturday, and October 1, to educate the public about the important role that sea otters play in the marine ecosystem. Activities will include a talk about sea otters, sea otter crafts and an abundance of information about sea otters’ natural history and adaptations. Public sea otter feedings will be held at 10:3... more