Mussel Foraging with Four Seasons of ForagingApril 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Host: Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

Event Type: In-person

Tillamook County Wellness and Tillamook Estuaries Partnership bring you Part 3 of Four Seasons Of Foraging! Throughout the year we will co-host 4 events highlighting the unique foraging opportunities coastal Oregon provides.

Join us and local educator Alanna Kieffer from Shifting Tides LLC at Barview Jetty for a day of mussel foraging! This workshop will introduce students to rocky intertidal ecosystems of the Oregon Coast. We will discuss tides, ocean conditions, and safety and etiquette on the rocks. Students will learn how to sustainably harvest shellfish, as well as how to clean and prepare shellfish once home. There will be a focus on foraging mussels and other intertidal shellfish. We will also briefly discuss wildseaweeds, harvesting, seasonality, and preservation techniques.

Special Instructions to access the event location: There’s a $10 parking fee at Barview Jetty. Go through the campground to the actual end of the jetty (big open parking lot with a view of the beach) NOT the lot before the entrance gate.

Foraging requires some significant walking including some potentially difficult terrain (we will be scrambling down some rocks), so please wear appropriate footgear (e.g. tennis shoes, rainboots, or other hiking footwear. For your own safety and comfort, do not wear flipflops or sandals. Do keep in mind your feet are likely to be in the water at some point, so rainboots are what I would strongly recommend.

The Event will happen rain or shine (unless thunder-storming). If the weather looks “iffy” please bring a rain poncho, jacket and hat. Please be prepared for any and all types of weather, the Oregon Coast is often not predictable and we will be fully exposed to the elements. There’s a 100% chance you will get wet during this class! *If* conditions day off are not safe in this environment, we will use what we can to demonstrate, and teach, and potentially move to another spot.

What to bring: You will need a bag (mesh, reusable grocery bag works great, or even plastic bag), or bucket, as well as scissors, a knife, or gardening gloves, and a cooler with ice to transport your harvest home. Please also bring a water bottle, snacks and any other refreshments you may want during the Event. Personal medications and sunscreen are also recommended.

Shellfish permits can be obtained online from ODFW, please do so before class, and should be available on the app on your phone for easy access incase needed.

This is a free event and registration will be capped at 20 attendees.

Accessibility Level: We will be walking on the beach and scrambling on large boulders that make up the Jetty. The parking lot is made up of small gravel and dirt. Please see pictures below for more information on whether this event is accessible for you. If there is any other information we can provide or accommodations we can help with, please email us at or call our office at 503 322-2222.

This is an Explore Nature Tillamook Coast event. Explore Nature is sponsored in part by Tillamook Coast Visitors Center and Travle Oregon.


Waitlist may be available if event is full.


April 28
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Barview Jetty
Barview Jetty
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136 United States