Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Newport, Ore. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, is celebrating National Public Lands Day. On Saturday, September 27, entrance fees will be waived and there will be a day of special events.
Why did 19th century Willamette Valley farmers need coastal lighthouses? What marine mammals and birds visit or make Oregon’s rocky shores their home? Solve these mysteries and more at “exploration stations” set up throughout the park. Search for word clues using one of Yaquina Head’s “Quest” hunts to find the hidden treasure. Get an activity passport at the Interpretive Center and learn about the day’s special events. Participants completing at least three stations or activities will receive a prize.
Get your hands dirty working with staff to pull invasive plants and learn about the importance of managing the park’s natural resources. One hour work sessions begin at 11 am and 2 pm.
10 am-4 pm: Activity stations and Quests
12– 3 pm: Lighthouse tours (Limited to 16 per tour, sign up starts at 10 am)
11:00 am and 2 pm: Resource management work parties
3:30 pm: Scenes of the Oregon Coast photograph reception
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and the Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses will hold a public reception at 3:30 pm to announce the winners of the 13th annual photography competition. This year’s theme “Public Lands: Preserving History and Nature” has drawn submissions from amateur photographers from all west coast states and all age groups.