Keep up with the Oregon Coast Quests program as it grows! We strive to maintain the clues and boxes so that they work properly all year round. However, sometimes signs are changed, trees fall down, and other unforeseen circumstances cause small problems with Quest directions. If the problems cannot be corrected in the field, we will post updates on this page and then make updates in future book editions. It’s a good idea to check this page before heading out on a Quest, especially if you have an older version of the Quest Book.

The best way to avoid confusion and surprises is to obtain the most up-to-date Quest Book available. The 2017/18 edition came out in July 2017. Get your copy today at a bookseller near you.

Please report any problems with Quests to the box monitor and/or to Cait Goodwin at OregonCoastQuests@oregonstate.edu. Thank you for your help!

 

General Alert:

  • Heirloom Orchard Quest - August 15: It is the end of the summer, and the orchard is FULL of waist-high blackberries! When school is back in session (after the eclipse), the orchard will be mowed and it will be much easier to do this Quest.

 

Oregon Coast Quests Book, 2015-16 Ed

2015-2016 Quest Book Corrections: 

  • South Beach State Park Quest - The brown sign with Clue #5 is missing, and it may be a while before the sign is replaced. The new book contains a substitute. When you reach the asphalt path, read: "Which way is the ocean? Is it left or right from here? The first letter of your answer is Clue 5, my dear." Also, the Kadoozi (Clue #6) has been removed, but it used to be BLUE in color.
  • Get to Know OSU Quest - Clue #2 asks you to look for a red and white flag that is no longer hanging in the MU. You can get the clue if you "Look for the flag that's blue with a big yellow cross" instead.

  • Crowley Creek Quest - This Quest has been RETIRED because many of the Quest clues are decomposing and changing, and box monitoring has been a challenge.

  • HMSC Sustainability Quest - Although this Quest still works, construction of a new building at HMSC will disrupt this Quest, so eventually it will be RETIRED. When construction actually begins this page will be updated to indicate that the Quest doesn't work any more.

  • Water Water Everywhere Quest - The Newport Pool that marks the beginning of this Quest was closed right after a new municipal pool was opened in 2017. The fate of the old pool building has yet to be determined, but already the information needed for Clue #1 is gone. Therefore, use the following verses to begin your Quest:

Water, water everywhere!
But please bring your own H20.
This hike takes endurance;
you may want a drink as you go.

Your Quest begins
near Sam Case School.

On its eastern side,
there once was a pool.

The pool has now closed.
Is the blue building still there?
Put the last letter of that color
In the number one square.

Now turn north and head to the street
that is clearly not at all "through".
Check the gate that lies downhill on the right
for a painted clue number 2.  (Hint: The letter has a square around it)

 

Oregon Coast Quests Book, 2013-14 Ed2013-2014 Quest Book Corrections:

  • Yaquina Head Quests -  The Stewardship Quest and History Quests at Yaquina Head are UNAVAILABLE because the park has removed several critical signs. In anticipation of this event, the directions for these two Quests were not included in the current 2015-16 book.
  • Newport City Buildings Quest - This Quest is CLOSED due to all the construction taking place as the city is building a new swimming pool facillity. In anticipation of this event, the Quest directions were not included in the current 2015-16 book.
  • Cooper Ridge Tsunami Quest - This Quest has been RETIRED because the park is updating its tsunami evacuation signage and instructions.
  • South Beach State Park Quest - The brown sign with Clue #5 is missing, and it may be a while before the sign is replaced. The new book contains a substitute. When you reach the asphalt path, read: "Which way is the ocean? Is it left or right from here? The first letter of your answer is Clue 5, my dear." Also, the Kadoozi (Clue #6) has been removed, but it used to be BLUE in color.
  • City Center History Quest - Clarification for Clue #8: The building that once stood on the corner of Angle and Hwy 101 was demolished on March 13, 2014. You can see a picture of what it looked like in the 1950s on page 108. Now it is a parking lot.
  • HMSC Nature Trail Quest - The estuary trail underwent some construction at the end of February 2015, removing a hill and bench. Please see the online version of this Quest, which is updated to reflect recent changes.
  • YYFAP Habitats of Diversity Quest - The brown sign referenced at the beginning of the Quest is no longer there, but a careful reading of the Quest directions will help you figure out what the sign said. From that, you can obtain your necessary clue.

 

For information, contact:

Cait Goodwin
Oregon Coast Quest Coordinator
2030 SE Marine Science Dr
Newport, OR 97365
541-961-0968
OregonCoastQuests@oregonstate.edu