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Cannon Beach Program Expands Tours, Talks on N. Oregon Coast

Published 05/19/2017 at 5:23 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Cannon Beach Program Expands Tours, Talks on N. Oregon Coast

(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – The Discover Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) on the north Oregon coast is branching out and expanding these days with tours, more activities and more programs. All of it is centered around the amazing tide pools of the Cannon Beach landmark and the wilds nearby.

Among the fun possibilities are new monthly, ocean-focused events and tide pool tours. Each are held on the beach in front of Haystack Rock. You'll meet at the red HRAP truck by the rock structure. These events are free.

The first coming up is the Beach Safety presentation on June 3 (2 – 4 pm). July 1 the feature is Murre Egg Painting from 12 – 2 p.m. Puffin Puppet is on August 12 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Then All About Birds happens on September 9 from 9 - 11 am.

Discover, or rediscover the wondrous world of Haystack Rock with these informative activities pertaining to issues such as seabirds, beach safety, tides, marine protected areas, and much more. Explore the beauty of the rocky intertidal area surrounding the rock on guided tide pool tours following the talks, led by expert environmental interpreters.

The other big news is the expansion of its public and private guided tidepool tours with award-winning author, filmmaker, photographer and intertidal enthusiast Stephen Grace.

Participants should prepare to immerse themselves in the elements (dressing for all types of Oregon coast weather) as they venture down to the shore from Cannon Beach City Hall. Tours cost $25 per person, are capped at 10 participants, and last approximately an hour and a half.

Private tours with Stephen Grace to Haystack Rock, or to other intertidal areas, are also offered at $40 per person, or $35 per person with groups larger than three explorers.

The open dates still left in May are Friday, May 26 at 7 a.m., Sunday, May 28 at 8:30 a.m. and Monday, May 29 at 9 a.m.

The tours are led by Stephen Grace, author of books such as Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future. They provide an exploration of our ocean’s edge unlike other experiences HRAP has previously been able to offer. Participants in these small group tours will benefit from his unique combination of scientific knowledge and expansive storytelling skills, which he combines in a compelling exploration of Cannon Beach’s ecological jewel: a dynamic coastline teeming with wondrous creatures.

For more information, or to schedule your tour, see or contact Melissa Keyser, HRAP Coordinator, at 503436-8060, You can also contact Steve Grace at 720-938-8289, Where to stay for this event - Where to eat - Map and Virtual Tour

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