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Get outside and ‘Explore Nature’

By Brian Cameron

As part of the ever growing effort to join nature and visitor to the Tillamook Coast, a series of programs have been organized on behalf of various local non-profit and conservation organizations: Explore Nature.

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The Explore Nature series hosts a variety of family, friendly adventures events throughout the year that are free (or reasonably affordable). Activities can include:

  • A hike through the Netarts Salt Marsh to learn about saltmarsh ecology and myriad species of flora and fauna
  • In partnership with SOLVE, grab trash bags and join a beach cleanup
  • Kayak Netarts Bay and enjoy the salty flatwater as you glide over beds of seagrass, sand dollars, Dungeness crab, and extensive clam beds.
  • Bird watching, mushroom hunting, and garden talks
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Christine Smith, on behalf of WEBS, shows a group what billions of baby oysters look like before they apply them to their growing source.

The Explore Nature series was formed over the last five years and has grown with the help of added resources from both area tourism and economic development funds.

Contributions have also come from local business partnerships like JAndy Oyster Company, Pacific Seafood, Tillamook Eco Adventures, Kayak Tillamook, Source, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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Bottoms up! A group enjoys fresh oysters on the half shell after seeing the Art of Growing Oysters in both Netarts and Tillamook Bays.

Through these partnerships, visitors and locals can have an up-close view of Tillamook Coast natural resources and ecology.

It’s through this kind of service that the Tillamook Coast can be better experienced by everyone.


A Picture of Brian Cameron
Brian Cameron
Having grown up in Tillamook and choosing to continue to call the area home, Brian Cameron has spent a good deal of his time and energy into getting to know the hidden corners of the Tillamook Coast. After visiting over 25 countries and spending time honing his creative arts in Seattle and Portland, he decided he wanted to show visitors what Tillamook County has to offer for the outdoor enthusiast and tourists. And so he started his own local tour company, Tillamook Eco Adventures. When he's not showing visitors around, he's a proud father of twins and keeps busy with all kinds of creative endeavors such as writing, painting and photography.