Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
Primary Contact: Brian Hoeh
2400 Highway 101 South
Yachats, OR 97498
Partner Information: Discover Your Northwest, Cape Perpetua Foundation, Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership, Siuslaw Stream Team, Siuslaw School District.
The Siuslaw National Forest is expanding focus on education outreach and connecting to local and distant schools and youth organizations in Oregon. The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is a unique site for providing outdoor education opportunities. On-site resources include old growth temperate rainforest, a marine reserve with diverse intertidal biology, wilderness watersheds, threatened species, Native American tribal history, and a story of marine and terrestrial restoration and conservation efforts for forest and marine ecosystems.
The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area works with partners and teachers to design a wide range of curriculum to meet Next Generation Science Standards, STEM learning components, with a goal to inspire students to become future stewards of our public lands. Staff continue to design, present, and review education programs in order to make them beneficial to teachers and relevant to the Forest Service mission. In 2016, over 10,000 students were engaged in education programs by Cape Perpetua staff, both on and off site. This included grades 2 through college students. Programs include interpretive hikes, in class presentations, hands on activities, and service learning projects including restoration work and citizen science projects.
This year, with the passage of “Every 4th Grader in a Park” legislation, or goal is to reach out to 4th grade classes in our local communities and ensure that all receive free federal access passes. Cape Perpetua is also seeking to connect to more inner city and underserved youth groups through skills training opportunties in natural resource fields.
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Last Updated: 10/14/2016