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 2019/20 edition came out in January 2019. 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!

 

2017-2018 Quest Book Corrections: 

Four Quests in this edition have been RETIRED:

  • Edson Creek Nature Quest - January 2019
  • Heirloom Orchard Quest - January 2019
  • South Slough Cedar Quest - January 2019
  • Spring Lake Trail Quest - January 2019
UPDATES for the rest:
  • Big Creek Park Quest - The picnic table on which clue #7 was hidden was removed. As a substitute, you can put the letter you find for clue #8 in the #7 square.
  • Big Creek Park Quest en Español - ¡La mesa para comer o descansar en la pista #6 está perdida! En lugar de esa pista, puede usar la letra séptima del alfabeto español.
  • Coos Bay: Then and Now Quest - The McAuley Hospital building described on pages 168 and 169 of the current Quest Book was torn down in April 2018.
  • Explore Beverly Beach State Park Quest  - In December 2018, storm activity brought in a log from the sea that took out the sign that gives you clue #2. At right is a photo of the missing sign. There is also a temporary problem with clue #5, but you can figure out the hidden message if you get the rest of the letters.

  • Yaquina Head Tale of Two Hills Quest - The sign containing clue #8 in a red oval has been removed. To substitute:
    "Also at the switchback/Look straight ahead,/Find the tree that’s half living/ And half _ _ _ _.
    Just fill in the blanks/With your pencil lead/The first, or last, letter/Is clue eight, it is said."
  • YYFAP Habitats of Diversity Quest - The box location has changed, but your clues will still help you find the box. When you get to the end, continue north across the road to find the new hiding spot.

 

2015-2016 Quest Book Corrections: 

Six Quests in this edition have been RETIRED:

  • Crowley Creek Quest - May 2017
  • Heirloom Orchard Quest - January 2019
  • HMSC Sustainability Quest - May 2017
  • South Slough Cedar Quest - January 2019
  • Spring Lake Trail Quest - January 2019
  • Water Water Everywhere Quest - May 2017

UPDATES for the rest:

  • Explore Beverly Beach State Park Quest  - In December 2018, storm activity brought in a log from the sea that took out the sign that gives you clue #2. At right is a photo of the missing sign. There is also a temporary problem with clue #5, but you can figure out the hidden message if you get the rest of the letters.

  • 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.

  • HMSC Nature Trail Quest - The bench holding clue 6 was removed. Instead of finding a bench, stop at the sign (before you get to the shelter) and follow the new directions to find clue six: Check the sign. Clue six of your mystery word is the second letter in the name of the crab-holding bird. See the online version of this Quest, which is updated to reflect recent changes.
  • South Beach State Park Quest - The brown sign with Clue #5 went missing, and has been replaced by a temporary sign. if you don't find a sign, 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 #8) has been removed, but it used to be BLUE in color.
  • YYFAP Habitats of Diversity Quest - The box location has changed, but your clues will still help you find the box. When you get to the end, continue north across the road to find the new hiding spot.

 

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

Ten Quests in this edition have been RETIRED:

  • Cooper Ridge Tsunami Quest - May 2015
  • Crowley Creek Quest - May 2017
  • Heirloom Orchard Quest - January 2019
  • HMSC Sustainability Quest - May 2017
  • Newport City Buildings Quest - May 2015
  • Port Orford (South Slough) Cedar Quest - January 2019
  • Spring Lake Trail Quest - January 2019
  • Water Water Everywhere Quest - May 2017
  • Yaquina Head History Quest  - May 2015
  • Yaquina Head Stewardship Quest  - May 2015

UPDATES for the rest:

  • Explore Beverly Beach State Park Quest - The signs that hold Clue #1 and Clue #2 have changed.  They should be #1 = i and #2 = a.
  • South Beach State Park Quest - The brown sign with Clue #5 went missing, and has been replaced by a temporary sign. if you don't find a sign, the new books contain 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 #8) 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. Alos, the box location has changed, but your clues will still help you find the box. When you get to the end, continue north across the road to find the new hiding spot.

 

For information, contact:

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