Current Events Oregon/Washington BLM



Current Events

Fee-Free Days at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

November and December 2012
  • Veterans Day weekend - November 10, 11, 12
  • Thanksgiving Day - November 22
  • Victorian Holiday Celebration - December 8
  • Christmas Day - December 25
Musicians performing holiday music for visitors

Victorian Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 8, 10am - 4pm

Relive the 19th century holiday traditions that were celebrated by the families of Yaquina Head lighthouse keepers. The celebration begins at 10am at the Interpretive Center and will continue throughout the day. Activities include creating homemade ornaments and historical crafts, playing parlor games such as Graces, Pickup Sticks, and Quoits, decorating the holiday tree with the lighthouse keepers, and enjoying cookies and refreshments.

For more information call 541-574-3100.

Whale Watching Spoken Here

December 26-30

Learn how to spot gray whales as they migrate south along the Oregon coast on their annual trip to the warm lagoons of Baja, Mexico. Their southbound migration peaks right around the end of December, into early January, providing you with an incredible opportunity to whale watch from shore. Volunteers will be on hand to show you what to look for and explain what you are seeing. Bring your binoculars, a raincoat, and some patience as you try to spot these amazing marine mammals.

Year Round Events

Tours at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Tours of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse are available throughout the year. For the most up-to-date tour schedule, please contact the park at 541-574-3100.

During low tides you can enjoy exploring the rocky intertidal zone and tide pools at Cobble Beach. The tide pools are a wonderful but sensitive ecosystem. Please be careful as you explore. Ask a ranger or volunteer how you can best explore the tide pools without harming them.

Birding is popular year-round at Yaquina Head. See our Birds page for a seasonal description of who might be flying around this Outstanding Natural Area.

Late-breaking information regarding YHONA, the Salem District, or other BLM activities can be found on our news release page.