Saturday, February 17, 2018
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Dr
Newport, OR 97365

Come “sea” us at the Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center, managed by Oregon Sea Grant. Enjoy our popular touch tank and wave energy exhibit as well as special Sea Grant Festival activities and a traveling exhibit celebrating Oregon State University’s 150th Anniversary.  Note that some visitor center ongoing exhbits will be limited due to renovation.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Get behind-the-scenes at the Hatfield Marine Science Center! Enjoy a one-day only Marine Science Fair, with interactive exhibits by our own faculty and student scientists. From the razor-sharp cutting edge of science, to the time-honored tried-and-true, bring your inner scientist to learn the how and why of better understanding the world around us.

Have you heard about the new Marine Studies Building? This state-of-the-art research and teaching building under construction on the Hatfield campus in Newport will double as a tsunami vertical evacuation site. See the design and learn about the exciting new academic programs the building will host beginning in 2019, or visit

10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Tour the Seawater System, Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport

Did you know that the Hatfield Marine Science Center can pump 1.6 million gallons of seawater each day through our research, academic and outreach facilities? Come learn about how water is pumped, stored, used and released during this 45-min tour by HMSC Facilities staff. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for the weather as the tour will include walking outdoors over uneven terrain. These tours are now full. 

11 a.m.
Rocky Intertidal Class, Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport

Discover the rocky intertidal habitat and the diverse creatures that live there, all in the lab. Learn about the environmental forces that make this ever-changing habitat a challenging place to live, while investigating the relationships among living things and the interactions between them.  This program is hands-on with live marine animals. This is a 1-hour, family-friendly class. This class is now full.

For event questions or accommodation requests, please contact Shelly Signs, (541) 737-0724 or



In Newport, Oregon, our eyes have always been turned toward the magnificent and bountiful ocean that is our backyard. Native Americans were the first to harvest seafood from our coastal waters. Early European settlers were drawn to Yaquina Bay’s vast oyster reefs, exporting the briny bivalves far and wide and fueling the first of Newport’s growth spurts. Tourists came for the restorative powers of the ocean, taking a west-bound train to what is now the Bayfront, and later trekking to Nye Beach. A healthy and productive commercial fishing fleet grew, harvesting crab, salmon, groundfish, shrimp, tuna, and many other species; today, the seafood industry remains one of our most important economic engines. And our curiosity has led us to study the sea, to ask questions, and to make incredible discoveries.

The epicenter of that inquiry is Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. More than an outpost of OSU, HMSC is a center of collaborative research, hosting 300 scientists and support staff from multiple OSU colleges, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the U. S. Geological Survey, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.