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The ocean and coasts are critically important to Oregonians and to our world. Yet only one  in ten Americans understands ocean systems or the many threats they face. We must educate children and better inform adults to help restore a healthy, productive, and resilient ocean.

We are proud to announce our 2011–12 Glass Quilt Giving Campaign: an opportunity to contribute to the future of marine education at the HMSC Visitor Center and be a part of a public art piece—a beautiful glass quilt, filled with images of Oregon’s marine life, on display in our lobby. The quilt is a series of 160 interlocking glass tiles, symbolizing the great web of life we experience in nature—and the web of support the Visitor Center relies on each day. Sponsor your own glass quilt square, imprinted with your name or a tribute to a loved one, for a tax-deductible donation of $250 or more.

Make a gift to the HMSC Glass Quilt

Click the button to donate to the Glass Quilt campaign via the OSU Foundation's secure, online donation system.

If you would prefer to donate by mail, download a printable donation form and mail it, with your check payable to OSU Foundation-HMSC Glass Quilt, to:  Nancee Hunter/Glass Quilt Giving Campaign, HMSC Visitor Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport OR 97365.


The glass quilt was designed by artist David Adamson, of the 9th Street Gallery in Newport. David graduated from Oregon State University in 1991 with a degree in biology, and moved to Newport that year to begin work at the HMSC as a marine educator. Over the next ten years he held a variety of positions at the center, including aquarist, estuarine field tech, and videographer/technician. He now works full time as an artist.


Oregon Sea Grant runs the HMSC Visitor Center and has a long history of working closely with education organizations to provide resources, expertise, venues, and other assets that help advance ocean and earth science awareness and stewardship.

The next generation of marine and coastal scientists

The lure of the ocean stimulates children’s inherent scientific curiosity, which in turn inspires them to examine a wide range of related topics, from science to society. Educational programs at the Visitor Center serve diverse populations and needs, but we also continue to identify new and compelling hands-on programs that will help make students more competitive and contribute to national workforce needs.

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