Many Family-Friendly Events on Deck at Cape Perpetua This Month

Contact(s): Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, 541-547-3289

Waldport, OR – Things are springing into action at Cape Perpetua, where a variety of free family events are being held throughout May. In addition to the camping, hiking, tidepooling, and picnicking always on tap at and around the cape, visitors can choose from any of the activities below to experience this special place in a new way.

Saturday, May 6: Kids and adults will enjoy the new Cape Perpetua Discovery Agents mobile app, which takes users along the Discovery Trail and challenges them to gain a deeper understanding of the forest on a fun and engaging mission. On Saturday, kids can earn certificates for completing the mission, rangers will be roving the trail to give pointers, and Smokey Bear will make appearances throughout the day. Visit for information on how to download the app.

Saturday, May 13: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with Michael Noack, retired chief ranger, who will lead an hour-long special bird walk for people of all ages.

Saturday, May 20: Another celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, this time with hands-on activities for kids, special presentations on unique birds of coastal Oregon, and hourly bird walks in both English and Spanish.

Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28:  Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, which provides public access to beaches along the length of the Oregon coast, by joining rangers and partners for a coastal BioBlitz. On Saturday, spend the day learning about and exploring tidepools. On Sunday, help scientists catalogue what species can be found at Neptune State Park using the iNaturalist mobile app. No special knowledge required.

Saturday, June 3: Celebrate National Trails Day by joining rangers, the Yachats Trails Committee, and Oregon State Parks for guided hikes on the Discovery Loop, West Side, and Amanda trails to learn about the ecology and history of the area.

These events are free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, federal recreation pass, or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. For more information on these events, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289. To learn more about family-friendly activities on the forest, visit