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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head for Teachers


In response to Covid-19, all Spring, 2021 Yaquina Head Education programs will be VIRTUAL. Adapted versions of regularly offered tidepool and lighthouse programs will lead students through engaging activities with a ranger in a live, virtual format (zoom). Programs will range from 30-60 minutes in length. See below for registration detail.

Distance Learning Program Offerings (full descriptions in Registration Packet below)

  • 4th Grade: 30-minute program for 4th grade classes to learn about Every Kid Outdoors Program. Each student will receive their FREE federal parks pass!
  • K-12 Tidepool Exploration: 60-minute program exploring Yaquina Head’s tidepools.
  • K-12 Lighthouse Tour: 30–60-minute program touring Yaquina Head Lighthouse with a Lightkeeper.
  • K-12 Custom Programs: up to 60 minutes - design a program with the coordinator based on your needs. Potential topics: marine mammals, seabirds, lighthouse history, Q&A with a ranger, etc.


Ranger-led Distance Learning Programs–Spring, 2021 ranger-led programs will be VIRTUAL. If you would like to participate in a FREE, live virtual program with a ranger please review the Registration Packet and complete the Distance Learning Registration Form.

Teacher-led Education Programs–Year-Round. Teachers/Professors are welcome to explore Yaquina Head with their students by coming prepared with appropriate, supervised activities.

For more information please contact: 
Meredith Matherly, Education Program Coordinator
Phone: 541-574-3122
E-mail: YaquinaEd@blm.gov

Flickr Album

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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Winter Beach Safety

•  High winds yank car doors from hands and make walking difficult.
•  High surf leaves little beach exposed for walking.
•  Sneaker waves—sudden tidal surges—can strike at any time knocking walkers off their feet and into the cold Pacific.
•  Never turn your back on the ocean and keep children within arms' reach.