Tour the Visitor Center
Extend your time at the Visitor Center with an interpretive guided tour. Tours are a great way to put what you see into context, and to get answers to your questions.
For more information or to register for a tour, contact Kathryn Hawes. Her contact information is at the bottom of this page.
- Of course, your group is welcome to visit the HMSC Visitor Center during its normal operating hours. The suggested donation is $5/person, $20/family, or $1/student. If you are bringing a group please notify us in advance so we can staff the Visitor Center appropriately for your visit.
- The outdoor Yaquina Estuary Nature Trail is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Travel along this ½ mile paved, wheelchair-accessible path at your own pace. Interpretive signage will help direct your attention to some of the unique characteristics of the estuarine habitat. Dogs are not allowed on the nature trail at any time. NOTE: The north portion of the Estuary Nature Trail is currently closed due to erosion. The closure is meant to be temporary, pending bank stabilization and trail repair. The trail is closed from the spot where the pavement currently ends near the north trailhead (at the main HMSC Parking lot), almost to the shelter. To avoid trampling what's left of the vegetation, access to the tide flats will be at two points only: 1) At the point of trail closure on the north side, and 2) Via the trail at the shelter on the south side. Click here for a map
- Challenge yourself with a self-guided Quest hunt, available in both indoor and outdoor locations at HMSC. Learn about the patterns of science in the Visitor Center or how HMSC is embracing concepts of sustainability. Download and print out the directions, search for the clues and locate the hidden Quest boxes.
GUIDED VISITOR CENTER TOURS
During days and times when the center is closed to the public, you
can arrange in advance for a private group tour of our exhibits with a
staff educator on hand to answer your questions. The fee is
$1/person/hour, with a minimum fee of $25. Please register at least
seven days in advance.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we offer a variety of free guided tours. Check our current events page for details.
INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
Take a Virtual Tour
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Outside the front entrance
Touch tank and pattern garden
Exhibits demonstrate scale
Learn about ocean creatures
Behind the scenes: Animal care
Yaquina Estuary boardwalk