Summer of Fun! Free Family Events at Cape Perpetua

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

Waldport, OR: Cool off at the coast this summer with a variety of free family events at Cape Perpetua. In addition to the camping, hiking, tidepooling, and picnicking always available, visitors can choose from any of the activities below to experience these special places in new ways.

Saturday, June 1 - National Trails Day

9:00am meet at Devils Churn lower parking lot

Celebrate National Trails Day with the Forest Service and the City of Yachats Trails Committee. All are encouraged to join this stewardship event where we will work together to clear the Trail of the Restless Waters for easier walkability. Carpooling is suggested. Tools will be provided, or bring your own. Bring water bottles and layered clothes for changeable weather. Water and snacks will be provided.

Saturday, June 15 - Amanda Trail Volunteer Work Party

9:00 a.m. Please RSVP to participate

Volunteers will work on cleaning up and further preparing the new Amanda Bridge site for upcoming construction work. There will be a celebratory potluck for participants following the work. Volunteers who plan to attend the work session or the work session and potluck on June 15th should RSVP to Joanne Kittel (541.961.8374 or for more information.



Mondays, May 27 - September 2 - Walk with a Ranger

12:00pm meet at the Visitor Center

Join, retired Chief Park Ranger, Michael Noack, for an easy to moderate hike where he will be sharing information about the local flora and fauna. Hikes will last 75-90 minutes.

Wednesdays, May 29 - August 28 - Under the Sea

10:00am - 3:00pm meet at the Visitor Center

Oregon doesn't stop at the beach! Take a deeper dive into the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve by joining, Tara DuBois, Communications Coordinator for the Cape Perpetua Collaborative, for interactive exhibits at the Visitor Center. At 3:00pm Tara will lead a stroll on the Captain Cook's Trail to explore the rocky shoreline and marine reserve.

Thursdays, May 30 - August 29 - Lunch with Dr. Jim Nechols

12:00pm at the Visitor Center

Dr. Jim Nechols, retired professor of Entomology from Kansas State University, will present “Alien Invaders: Invasive Plants of Siuslaw National Forest” and “Self Defense 101 for Insects: Insect Defense Mechanisms”

Saturdays, June 1 - August 31 - Ranger F.E.D. Talks

12:00pm at the Visitor Center

Join Siuslaw National Forest Field Rangers for a fun and informative "Forest, Explore, Discover" Siuslaw National Forest presentation in the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center theater

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, June 4 - September 5 - Walk with a Ranger

12:00pm meet at the Visitor Center

Explore a variety of natural history topics on The Giant Spruce Trail, Discovery Loop, or Captain Cook Trail on a guided hike lead by Siuslaw National Forest Field Rangers.


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 and at some trailheads and day use sites. For more information on these events, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289. The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is open 9:30am - 4:30pm seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  To learn more about family-friendly activities on the forest, visit