Discover what makes our region and its natural resources unique and how you can help protect them, from the Explore Nature team and others.

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Take the Tillamook Coast Pledge

On the Tillamook Coast, we’ve cared for our forests, farmlands, beaches and waterways for generations. While you’re visiting, we ask you to consider taking our pledge of Caring for Our Coast, too.

Practicing the Art of ‘Seeing the Unseen’

There is so much more to the natural world than we typically take the time to observe on a daily basis. This simple outdoor activity will help you pause and appreciate the millions of micro wonders that surround us.

Take Care Out There

Travel Oregon’s helpful collection of tips and videos encourage you to “take care out there” and show you how to prepare, connect, and explore responsibly.

Adam Sawyer’s Hiking Tips: 10 Essentials

Outdoor and travel writer Adam Sawyer shares his essential tips for being prepared before you head into the Oregon wilderness, whether it’s for a casual day hike or an overnight trek.

Netarts Bay School Programs

For the littlest scientists and outdoor enthusiasts in your life, Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS offers students the opportunity to discover the natural world by collecting real world data. Lean more and meet their new bi-lingual mascot, Bel the Belted Kingfisher.

The Beauty of Netarts Bay

Discover the birds, plants, and sea life of Netarts Bay and how you can enjoy these natural wonders, from responsibly digging for clams to identifying flowers and seaweeds.

Tillamook Estuaries Water Trail Guidebooks

The Tillamook County Water Trail offers 200 miles of navigable water for every paddling skill-level, from novice to advanced whitewater. Request your waterproof guidebook or download a digital PDF with photographs and maps of paddling access points in Nehalem Bay, Tillamook Bay, Netarts Bay, and Nestucca & Sand Lake.

First-Timer’s Guide to Packing for Oregon

So you’ve booked the trip, now how do you pack for your trip to Oregon? It’s good to channel your inner Scout and be prepared. Here’s a handy guide to packing the essentials for all seasons.

Slow Mobility on the Accessible Coast

For anyone who finds themselves using a wheelchair or mobility aid, pushing a stroller or pulling a wagon, here are a few great places to see the Oregon Coast at your own pace.

How to Explore the North Coast of Oregon Car Free

Want to reduce your environmental impact (and avoid the stress of driving or parking) while visiting the Oregon coast? Here’s a handy guide to planning your car-free trip.

Explore Oregon

Visit Oregon’s Explore Oregon blog offers plenty of inspiration for your travels, with highlights of some of the best sights to visit, places to stay, and things to do across the state.

Be Kind to the Coast in 2023

We all love the Oregon Coast — from rugged rock formations and windswept dunes to wildlife in towering forests — and Visit the Oregon Coast has a few easy ways you can show that love to the land and its inhabitants.

Resource Posts

Welcome to the new Explore Nature website

As you explore nature (and browse our new site), here are some things we hope you take away.

Let’s explore the Oregon coast!

From the beach to the forest (and everywhere in between), here’s what to expect from your Explore Nature adventure.