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Behind the Scenes October at the Oregon Coast Aquarium
Newport

Open House October

Visitors will be treated to behind the scene glimpses of exhibits with new animals

maya-the-sea-lionThe Oregon Coast Aquarium is inviting visitors behind the scenes throughout the month of October during special interpretive glimpses of daily featured exhibits. "Open House October" will offer visitors a chance to see how Aquarium animals are cared for, how the life support systems work and areas normally off limits to the public.

"The Aquarium has acquired three new animals recently and one more is arriving soon," said Cindy Hanson, Aquarium Public Relations Manager. "We'd like to take this opportunity to spotlight a different animal each week and let everyone know about our new residents." Areas open to public view will be listed on a schedule at the Visitor Services area near the Aquarium lobby. All activities are included with regular Aquarium admission.

New arrivals at the Aquarium include Maya, the sea lion, Taz, the harbor seal and two recently hatched tufted puffin chicks. Another animal, to be announced soon, will arrive via Coast Guard C-130 transport sometime in the coming weeks.

Puffin_ChickTaz

"Open House October" will offer visitors a chance to see the new animals and learn about how they came to live at the Aquarium, why they are here and how they are acclimating to their new home. 

Public sea otter feedings are held at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm daily.

More October Happenings at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Sea Lion Encounter

October 2nd and 16th
10–11am
Ages 8 and up
$35 members, $40 nonmembers (limit 10)
Learn about the Aquarium's pinnipeds, get a sea lion kiss behind the scenes at the aquarium. Make reservations in advance by calling 541-867-3474 Ext. 2313.

Cub Scout Combination Sleepover

October 2
6pm–9am
Ages 7 and up
$50 members, $55 nonmembers
Scouts spend the night in Passages of the Deep. Eat pizza, go on a scavenger hunt, participate in fun hands-on activities designed to fulfill some badge requirements. After a late night snack, scouts fall asleep to sharks and fish swimming over their heads. Cereal and juice is provided in the morning, and scouts go behind-the-scenes to see how the Aquarium's animals are cared for. Register two weeks in advance at 541-867-3474, x5301.

Nye Beach Murder Mystery

October 8 - 9
All Ages
Friday: $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for youths 5-15
Saturday: $10 "Sleuth" Packet includes Aquarium admission
An interactive "whodunit" benefitting the Aquarium and Retired Senior Volunteer
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Sea Squirts: Soft and Squishy

October 8
10:30am–12pm
Ages 2-3 w/adult
$15 members, $20 nonmembers
Children explore their sense of touch through the comparisons of tidepool animals that feel soft and squishy! Classes taught by a dynamic educator and include an Aquarium visit, craft, song and story. Register at 541-867-3474 x5301. Spaces fill quickly; register by the Wednesday before the program.

Girl Scout Combination Sleepover

October 23
6pm–9am
Ages 7 and up
$50 members, $55 nonmembers
Scouts spend the night in Passages of the Deep. Eat pizza, go on a scavenger hunt, participate in fun hands-on activities designed to fulfill some badge requirements. After a late night snack, scouts fall asleep to sharks and fish swimming over their heads. Cereal and juice is provided in the morning, and scouts go behind-the-scenes to see how the Aquarium's animals are cared for. Register two weeks in advance at 541-867-3474, x5301.

Halloween Celebration

October 30
Creatures of the Day 10 am – 4 pm
Creatures of the Night 4 - 6:30 pmCreatures of the Night 4 - 6:30 pm
$2 plus 2 items of food for Food Share or $5 admission. A fun day of games, face painting and activities for the youngsters and a night of scary Halloween activities for the more brave of heart.

 

 

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a private, not-for-profit aquatic and marine science educational facility offering a fun and interesting way to learn about Oregon's unique coastal ecosystem. The Aquarium is dedicated to teaching marine wildlife and ocean conservation through responsible management and exhibition of marine life. For more information, visit the Aquarium's Web site at www.aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH

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