Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses recognized by U.S. Bureau of Land Management for Recent Projects
A plaque was placed on the wall of the Yaquina Room, located inside Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area’s Interpretive Center, recognizing the contribution of Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses (FOYL) and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund in the creation of the new Yaquina Room Theater. The theater includes a new 14 ft. screen and a Sony laser projection system as well as new seating. Primarily used in conjunction with Yaquina Head’s education program, the room is also available for limited use by the general public during open park hours through reservation.
FOYL’s Executive Director, Amy Anderson, explains: “Each new season here at Yaquina Head is heralded by the sounds of literally hundreds of schoolchildren each day as they visit the lighthouse and tidepool areas as a part of their school science curriculum. It was noted that children or even adult chaperones and educators were not able to access some of these areas in the event of any disability that hampered their mobility. With the help of a matching grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and working in support of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, FOYL was able to address this need with the purchase of new video equipment along with the viewing rights to Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Field Guide: Tidepooling. In addition, FOYL funded the production of 3 new documentary short films that include closed-captioning for the hearing impaired, highlighting Yaquina Head’s historical, cultural and natural resources. Together these films help to ensure that more visitors will be able to fully experience all that Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area offers, regardless of ability.”
Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is proud to support restoration of Newport’s lighthouses, preservation of cultural history, and interpretive programming for public lands. For information on membership or on any future planned projects please visit www.yaquinalights.org or email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.