Summer Fun: Hatfield Science Center

Kate Brown

Located in Newport, Oregon, the Hatfield Marine Science Center has become a “leading marine laboratory” over its 50 years of existence. This summer, there are fun and educational opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy at this research center.

Estuary Walks– Estuary Walks are available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. during the months of July and August. According to the event description, you will have a guided walk on the estuary trail and learn about the plants and animals that live there!

Giant Pacific Octopus Feedings– The octopus feedings take place place on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. According to Volunteer Coordinator and Visitor Center Assistant Manager Renee Fowler stated in an email “In the case that we do not have an octopus on exhibit, the feedings would be cancelled. Our current octopus recently laid eggs, so we have postponed the feedings in order to not disturb her and let her take care of her eggs.” However, if you are interested in viewing an octopus feeding, you can visit their website for updates on the octopus.

Family Day Programming– Every Friday in July, the center will be hosting family programs from 1:00-3:00 p.m. These programs are located in the Marine Education Labs at Hatfield and cost $15 per person per program. The schedule for the remaining programs are as follows:  

July 20th – How Science Works

July 27th – Tsunami Quest/Tsunami and Earthquake preparedness


Lindsay Carroll, Marine Education Coordinator says that you can visit their website to learn more information about each individual program and to register.

When you’re looking for some summer fun this summer, head out to Newport and visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center for some educational and fun experiences!

Photography by Vlad Tchompalov (via

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