Oregon Coast This Week: Full Campsites, Earth Day
(Oregon Coast) – For spring, when the coast is usually rather empty of tourists, the area is buzzing with activity. The big seafood and wine fest in Astoria has filled up campsites nearby, and Earth Day means a week or more of interesting celebrations in Newport and Cannon Beach.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is reporting no more campsites are available at Fort Stevens State Park from April 23 – 25.
"Fort Stevens State Park already has a 'no vacancy' sign posted for its campground during Astoria's annual Crab and Seafood Festival," the OPRD said in a bulletin.
All of the park's 495 campsites and 15 yurts are reserved for the weekend. No first-come, first-served sites are available.
Cannon Beach celebrates Earth Day with more than twelve days of celebrating. To begin with, there are special times for the Haystack Awareness Program, where staffers can be found on the beach at Haystack Rock on most low-tide mornings. There will be bird stations and spotting scopes, display tanks with microscopes, brochures and naturalists/interpreters to show you stuff you didn’t know existed on the beaches and tide pools around Haystack Rock.
Times vary from day to day, starting April 22, but tend to begin around 11 a.m. and last for a few hours. Check the Cannon Beach events page for exact times each day.
April 22 also means the kickoff to the Twelve Days of Earth Day, with a “Puffin Welcome Ceremony” from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
On April 23, a bundle of more activities take place around town.
April 24, look for more around Cannon Beach. The times vary, but they include: Earth, Wind and Sea walks and talks by North Coast Land Conservancy at Circle Creek (http://www.nclctrust.org). Face Painting at 3rd and Antler. There’s a Pet Walking Parade down Hemlock Street – the main drag in town. There’s a Plant Start Sale by Gales Meadow Farm at EVOO. A Street Fair includes 15 environmental groups.
Earth Day Talks at the Chamber Hall include: Doug and Mary Lee of OK Ranch & Retreat talk about “The Basics of a Backyard Flock.” Anne Berblinger of Gales Meadow Farm shares tips on “Growing an Edible Garden in Containers & Pots.”
There’s a lot more, too. A full schedule is at http://www.cannonbeach.org (503) 436-2623.
At night on April 24, enjoy the sounds of the Low Tide Drifters. The Americana sounds of Eugene-based band, influenced by artists like Woody Guthrie, Utah Phillips, Guy Clark, John Prine, and Rosalie Sorrels. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Cannon Beach History Center, at corner of Spruce and Sunset in Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-9301. www.cbhistory.org
April 24. Earth Day at Seaside's Circle Creek Conservation Center. Memorial moment, field programs, hikes, tree-planting, lunch & snacks.10 a.m. – 3 p.m. www.nclctrust.org/events.html. Seaside, Oregon. For more information 503-738-9126.
April 24. Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) interpreters at Haystack Rock. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-8060.
On April 25, the Ecola Creek Awareness Program will have a walk led by Jerome Arnold, going from Les Shirley Park to Haystack Rock along the Cannon Beach Trail route. Noon – 1:30 p.m. Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-2623
In Newport, the Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate Earth Day on April 22, with conservation themed displays and activities throughout the day. Diving presentations, events that show how you can make a difference to help the marine environment and its inhabitants will be on hand. There will be Earth Day crafts and activities for kids available throughout the day – and all of it is for free with the usual admission to aquarium.
Aquarium staff will give a tour of the grounds at 11 a.m., talking about landscaping and creating a backyard habitat for wildlife.
The aquarium’s Swampland exhibit will be previewed, which includes showing off the various critters of the swamp at different times as well as close encounters with snakes and turtles.
Representatives from a recycling company will be there to show off their mobile recycling unit along with examples of their recycling process, with a DVD presentation, compost bins, recycling roll carts and recycling stations. Also making appearances are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oregon Sea Grant and the Surfrider Foundation, along with several waste and environmental companies from Lincoln County.
Earth Day Activities in the Main Lobby:
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Earth Day children’s activity, craft and Swampland bio fact table. 11 a.m. – Aquarium grounds tour with Bob Llewellyn. 12 p.m. – “Dive Into Earth Day” presentation att the Jetty exhibit in Coastal Waters Gallery. 1 p.m. - Aquarium grounds tour with Bob Llewellyn. 11:30 a.m. - Swampland animal demonstration. 1:30 p.m. - Swampland animal demonstration. 2 p.m. - “Dive Into Earth Day” presentation” at the Jetty in Coastal Waters Gallery.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium, South Beach (across the bay from Newport). www.aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.
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