The following organizations and agencies offer educational opportunities. The connection to Devils Lake may not be as direct for some organizations as for others. Each potentially offers glimpses into the larger picture of the ecosystem of the Central Oregon Coast and its protection. Volunteer opportunities may be available.
For children's education - see kids page

Lake Organizations
Preservation Association of Devils Lake (PADL)
P.O. Box 36
Lincoln City, OR 97367
Monthly meetings are usually the fourth Saturday of the month, except December,
Union 50 Club, 1115 SE 1st, blue building south of the D River, at 10:00 am
Annual meeting is usually in June.

Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID)
820 SE Hwy 101
PO Box 974
Lincoln City, OR 97367

DLWID has brochures, videos and other educational information at their office above Radio Shack.

Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State University -
North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) -
Oregon Lakes Association (OLA) -

Historical Museum
North Lincoln County Historical Museum
4907 SW Hwy 101
Donations welcome
The museum is closed for remodeling.
The museum has historical photos of Devils Lake, nature exhibit about birds, and historical, bird watching diaries.

American Red Cross
308 SW Coast Hwy
Newport, OR 97365
Boater Education Course, Disaster and Emergency preparedness
As a result of recent legislation, by 2009 all powerboat operators will be required to have passed the Oregon State Marine Board Mandatory Boater Education Course. Class participants are required to complete a BEC Study Guide prior to attending class.

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Nest Box Cam of Western Bluebird from Newberg, Oregon, online bird classes, backyard bird count.

Lincoln County Marine Patrol
840 NE 7th
Newport, OR 97365
541-265-4277, ext 2708
Boater Safety Exams

Marine Discovery Tours
345 SW Bay Blvd
Newport, OR 97365
65-foot excursion boat leaves the Yaquina bayfront in Newport. See what coho salmon eat while they are out to sea.

Nature of the NW Information Center
Information about Oregon nature. Store with maps and books.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd

Newport, OR 97365
Admission fee
Salmon exhibit - see swimming coho salmon
Butterfly garden - new garden with native plants
Native plants are identified along their nature trail

Oregon Coast Community College
1206 SE 48th Pl
Lincoln City, OR 97367
Courses: Aquarium Science, Biology, Water Quality and more
Check their catalog for lectures and activities throughout the year
The Newport branch of the college has a new program on aquarium science

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Naturescaping Information

Oregon State Parks and Recreation

West Devils Lake State Park, north of the D River
1452 NE 6th Dr
Lincoln City, OR 97367
Summer kayak tours of Devils Lake led by a naturalist
Beginners welcome. Fee charged.

Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University Extension Service
29 SE 20 St
Newport, OR 97365
4-H, Master Gardener
The Watershed Stewardship Program (WSEP)

Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC)
2030 S Marine Science DR
Newport, OR 97365
Donations welcome
Exhibits about research. Bookstore. HMSC plans to sell books online. Guin Conference Library.
Lectures from renowned scientists and authors, natural history films
Nature trail along Yaquina Bay with interpretive signs
SeaFest held in June brings together various educational and government organizations, tours of the HMSC research vessel Wecoma. In the past the Roger Revelle from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego has visited. Their study of the ocean, could be important to salmon, which migrate from freshwater (Devils Lake included) out to the ocean and back.
The HMSC maintains a weather station, and NOAA and other government agencies have offices east of the HMSC.

Portland State University
Center for Lakes and Reservoirs, Dr. Mark Sytsma

Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)

Katie McKenzie, coordinator - 541-994-8427
Often have speakers from various government agencies at their meetings, covering everything from a slide show about macroinvertebrates (bugs) to stream restoration.

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
Randall Koch, director
Cascade Head Ranch
Classes: Nature Journaling, natural history classes, sea kayaking
Residency program - artists and naturalists give talks about their projects

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

West Virginia University
National Small Flows Clearinghouse

PO Box 6064
Morgantown, WV 26506-6064

Yaquina Bay Birders and Naturalists
Newport, OR 97365
Range Bayer, president, 541-265-2965
Meet at the Hatfield Marine Science Center Guin Conference Library. Range put together the list of birds for the Lincoln City Area Bird List brochure. The Visitor and Convention Bureau has linked to his natural history website. Guided bird walks are given at various locations in Lincoln County.

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
750 NW Lighthouse DR
Newport, OR 97365
Environmental education program

Online E Education

Gilpin GeoSciences

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P.O. Box 36
Lincoln City, OR 97367