Welcome to OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center!

Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center creates a unique, dynamic environment for lifelong exploration and discovery. The Visitor Center encourages adults and children to enjoy marine science as they learn more about the natural world.

Our exhibits, programs and classes demonstrate how scientific research enhances our ability to interpret the natural patterns and forces that shape our world, and equips us to better appreciate, manage and sustain coastal and marine resources.

The Visitor Center also provides opportunities for conducting research on devices, methods and concepts for informal science education that will advance the art of life-long public education.

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Events

International Migratory Bird Day, Saturday, May 14 - Join us to celebrate one of the most important events in the lives of migratory birds - the journey between breeding and non-breeding homes. We're one of several Lincoln County locations that will observe this great seasonal event with family-friendly interpretive walks, arts and crafts, film and other activities for veteran birders and novices alike. Meet outside the center at 10:15 am for a guided interpretive walk along the Yaquina Estuary Trail, and return inside afterward for a kids' Coloring Extravaganza and showing of the documentary, Winged Migration. Additional activities are planned at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Interpretive Center (9 am guided walk), and Brian Booth State Park (11 am “Birding 101” walk). Download the flyer for more information: official-imbd-flyer.pdf (719.53 KB)


Montgomery, a giant Pacific octopus

 

Meet Montgomery, our current giant Pacific octopus, resident of the central exhibit tank and star of the popular Octocam! After successful quarantine and acclimation in our Animal Husbandry Wing, this gregarious, active animal has become a big hit with the public. Public feedings, with educational presentations about octopus behavior and biology, take place on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1 pm through our winter season.