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Apr 1st — Jun 13th

Find colorful creatures along the rocky shores during Lincoln City’s Tide Pool Clinics. Explore our beach and learn about the colorful creatures that inhabit rocky intertidal pools from local experts. The clinics are complimentary and open to the public.

Each tide pool clinic begins with a lecture from local experts Fawn Custer, of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, and Athena Crichton, of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, at the 15th street beach access. To get there, from Highway 101 turn west onto 15th street (at the Jasmine Thai Restaurant) and continue west towards the ocean. There is ample street parking as well as a public parking lot nearby. Parking is also available at the Sea Gull Beachfront Motel near the beach access.

Following the lecture, Custer and Crichton will take you on a tour of the tide pools and help identify local marine life. Creatures that you may encounter at the tide pools include starfish, sea anemones, sea urchins, and mussels. Clinics last for approximately 1 hour. Questions and feedback are encouraged by all participants.

Lincoln City VCB

What to Bring:
Tide pool excursions on the Oregon Coast can get wet and slippery. That is why you should plan to bring the following to each clinic:

  • rubber boots
  • rain jacket
  • gloves
  • sunscreen

Beach Safety
Weather and ocean conditions can be unpredictable on the Oregon Coast. Please practice caution during the tide pool clinics. That includes always facing the ocean, being wary of beach logs and debris, and keeping small children and animals near you at all times. Although participants are allowed to park on the beach for the clinics, it is strongly advised that visitors park on the street.

Clinic Dates
Join us on the following Tide Pool Clinic dates:

  • Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ 10:30am
  • Sunday, April 2, 2017 @ 11:30am
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 9:00am
  • Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 10:00am
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 @ 12noon
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 8:30am
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017 @ 9:30am
  • Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 10:00am
  • Sunday, June 11, 2017 @ 8:30am
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 10:00am

Meet Our Local Experts

Fawn Custer brings her 25-plus years of teaching experience to this year’s Tide Pool Clinics. She earned a BS in Science Education, a BS in Biological Sciences, a MS in Environmental Education and a MS in Integrated Sciences with post graduate courses in learning behavior and free choice learning. Fawn is the Volunteer Coordinator for CoastWatch, a division of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, working with over 1,300 volunteers along the Oregon Coast to educate students about marine science around the region. She is an active member of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators and the Oregon Science Teachers Association. In her spare time, she loves exploring the Oregon Coast with her family.

Athena Crichton has lived on the Oregon Coast for over 20 years. Relocating from the Big Island of Hawaii, she has always had a profound interest in marine biology. Educated at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Oregon State University, Athena has spent the last 16 years teaching a variety of classes at OSU’s Marine Hatfield Science Center. In addition, she also teaches marine education at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and has spent three years as Senior Marine Naturalist on Marine Discovery Tours in Newport. In her spare time, Athena enjoys spending time with her grandson, Parker, sailing and yes, going to the beach.

Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition

Lincoln City is proud to be partnering with CoastWatch, the volunteer division of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, to bring you this year’s Tide Pool Clinic program. CoastWatch is a private 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to conservation and education of the Oregon Coastal region. CoastWatch serves as a guardian of the public interest for the Oregon Coast and is dedicated to preserving the natural communities, ecosystem and landscapes of the region while conserving the public’s access. CoastWatch pursues these ends through education, advocacy and engaging citizens to keep watch over and defend the Oregon Coast.

For more information about CoastWatch, and to become a volunteer, please visit

Tide Pools in Lincoln City
There are several great places to explore tide pools in Lincoln City. To learn more about tide pool locations and the sea life that inhabits them, please visit the VCB’s Tide Pooling Page or give them a call at 541-996-1274.