Discover Series features children's author, tidepools March 20

Contact(s): Lisa Romano, Paul Meznarich

Tales, tails and tidepools are the focus of Cape Perpetua’s next Winter Discovery Series 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the Visitor Center, 2400 S. Highway 101, three miles south of Yachats. Children’s author Kizzie Jones will read from one of her latest books, and then join naturalists at the tidepools for a guided tour.

Jones blends her love of dachshunds and the ocean to create whimsical tall tales. Titles to her credit include “How Dachshunds Came to Be: A Tall Tale About A Short Long Dog” and “A Tall Tale About A Dachshund And A Pelican: How A Friendship Came To Be.”

Jones’s reading at Cape Perpetua is a homecoming of sorts for the author.

“I am so delighted for this opportunity to share with the community,” Jones said. “I wrote these books while vacationing in Yachats.”

Jones lives in the seaside town of Edmonds, Washington, and is inspired by her three dachshunds, Buster, Josie and Lacey. She has won first-place honors for non-fiction writing from Write on the Sound writers’ conference, while in 2013, “How Dachshunds Came To Be” garnered first-place awards in the Tall Tales category of Readers’ Favorite, the National Indie Excellence Book Award for Cover and Graphic Design, and New York’s Beach Book Festival.

The Cape Perpetua Winter Discovery Series is an opportunity to explore topics and resources relevant to the Oregon Coast during the off-season months between November and March. All presentations and guided walks are free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, federal recreation pass or $5 day-use fee is required within to the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

For more information, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.

Upcoming Winter Discover Series events

  • March 21 (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) – Experiencing Gray Whales: Cape Perpetua volunteer naturalist and retired Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area chief park ranger Michael Noack has studied gray whales for many years, assisting with whale research missions and training Whale Watch volunteers. Visitors will enjoy hearing about his first-hand encounters with these iconic creatures of the Oregon Coast. No RSVPs necessary. For information, call the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.
  • March 26 (2 p.m.) – Oregon Dunes: They’re more than just sand. Learn about the origins, shapes and future of the longest stretch of coastal dunes in the United States. Dina Pavlis, author of “Secrets of the Oregon Dunes” will share photos, stories and knowledge gained from living and playing within the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. No RSVPs necessary. For information, call the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.