Saturday, October 18, 2014
Join us at the Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center for a day of “Octo-centric” activities. At 12:45 we will be feeding our resident red octopus (Octopus rubescens). At 1:00 in the Hennings Auditorium there will be a presentation on Giant Pacific Octopuses. Do you know the differences between a squid and an octopus? Dr. Hanshumaker is conducting a side-by-side dissection of a giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) and a large clubhook squid (Moroteuthis robusta) at 1:30. There will be octopus and other cephalopod videos shown continuously in the Hennings Auditorium. The winners of the coloring contest will receive the beaks from the octopus and squid.
Thursdays in September at 11 am (Weather Permitting)
Join us for a fun and informative walk along the beautiful Yaquina Bay Estuary Nature Trail. The trail is 1/2 mile walk following a rocky and partially paved path. Learn about the plants, animals, and natural forces that make estuaries among the most productive habitats on the planet. Meet at the Visitor Center entrance at 11am to join the guided tour.
Note: Dogs are not allowed on the nature trail at any time.
September - Every Friday from 10 am to 1 pm, Sept. 29 from 10 am to 1 pm
Throughout the summer volunteers are stationed at Port Dock 1 on Newport’s Historic Bayfront to chat with visitors about California sea lions and other wildlife, local Fishing Vessels, and anything else that comes up at this dynamic working dock. Just look for the friendly volunteer in the bright red jacket.
Please Note: HMSC Visitor Center is a working learning research lab. We are recording the visits of our visitors to better understand what they choose to do and with whom in order to improve the visitor experience.