Cape Perpetua summer events to begin

Free activities begin May 27 and continue through August.

May 25, 2019 — In addition to the camping, hiking, tidepooling, and picnicking, visitors to the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center can choose from an array of activities this summer.

Events kick off Saturday, June 1, while celebrating  National Trails Day with the Forest Service and the City of Yachats Trails Committee.

Vistors are encouraged to join this stewardship event, which will bring participants to work together to clear the Trail of the Restless Waters for easier walkability.

Tools will be provided, or participants can bring their own, along with water bottles and layered clothes for changing weather conditions.

Water and snacks will be provided.

The clean-up begins at 9 a.m. and participants will meet at Devils Churn lower parking lot. Carpooling is suggested.

Other events this summer will include:

• Wednesday, June 5 — Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve Bioblitz.

Guided hikes and exploration of the rocky intertidal zone where visitors can contribute to science by recording what interesting tide pool critters they observe (no experience necessary).

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Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.

• Saturday, June 15 — Amanda Trail Volunteer Work Party.

Volunteers will work on cleaning up and further preparing the new Amanda Bridge site for upcoming construction work.

There will be a celebratory potluck for participants following the work. Volunteers who plan to attend the work session or the work session and potluck on June 15 should RSVP to Joanne Kittel by calling 541-961-8374 or email her at [email protected] for more information.

The clean-up will begin at 9 a.m.

Ongoing events this summer at Cape Perpetua:

• Mondays, May 27 through Sept. 2 — Walk with a Ranger. Begins at noon at the Visitor Center.

Join, retired Chief Park Ranger, Michael Noack, for an easy to moderate hike where he will be sharing information about the local flora and fauna.

Hikes will last 75-90 minutes.

• Wednesdays, May 29 through Aug. 28 — Under the Sea (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Visitor Center).

Oregon doesn't stop at the beach. Take a deeper dive into the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve by joining Tara DuBois, Communications Coordinator for the Cape Perpetua Collaborative, for interactive exhibits at the Visitor Center.

At 3 p.m., DuBois will lead a stroll on the Captain Cook's Trail to explore the rocky shoreline and marine reserve.

• Thursdays, May 30 through Aug. 29 — Lunch with Dr. Jim Nechols, beginning at noon at the Visitor Center.

Dr. Jim Nechols, retired professor of Entomology from Kansas State University, will present “Alien Invaders: Invasive Plants of Siuslaw National Forest” and “Self Defense 101 for Insects: Insect Defense Mechanisms.”

• Saturdays, June 1 through Aug. 31 — Ranger F.E.D Talks, beginning at noon at the Visitor Center.

Join Siuslaw National Forest Field Rangers for a fun and informative "Forest, Explore, Discover" Siuslaw National Forest presentation in the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center theater.

• Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 4 through Sept. 5 — Walk with a Ranger, beginning at noon at the Visitor Center.

Explore a variety of natural history topics on The Giant Spruce Trail, Discovery Loop or Captain Cook Trail on a guided hike lead by Siuslaw National Forest Field Rangers.

All events are free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, federal recreation pass or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and at some trailheads and day use sites.

For more information on these events, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.

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