Cool off with Free Family Events at Cape Perpetua

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

Waldport, OR - June 26, 2019: Summer is underway at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Join field rangers and local experts for a variety of free family events at Cape Perpetua. In addition to the camping, hiking, tide pooling, and picnicking always available, visitors can choose from any of the activities below to experience these special places in new ways.


Saturdays, July 6 and August 3 - Trees to Sea

10:00am - 4:30pm at the Visitor Center

Learn about the interconnectedness of the forest and ocean ecosystems through a variety of hands on stations, presentations and hikes. Additionally, at the July 6 event, the Gwynn Creek-Cummins Creek Trails will be recognized as part of the Old Growth Forest Network for their protected status. 


July 22-23 and July 29-30 - Marbled Murrelet Survey

Day 1 6:30pm at Yachats Commons, Day 2 early morning at Cape Perpetua

Contribute to research aimed at saving this threatened seabird. Join scientists and land managers to learn about murrelet nesting and feeding habits, then help identify and count birds as they fly between the forest and ocean. No experience necessary; RSVP: For more information contact


Friday, August 9 - Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday Party

10:00am - 4pm at the Visitor Center

Join us in celebrating Smokey's 75 years of preventing wildfires! Enjoy birthday cake, learn about fire ecology on the Siuslaw, and tell happy birthday to Smokey himself!




Mondays, July 1 through 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, July 3 through 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, July 4 - August 28 - 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, July 6 - 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


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, July 2 - 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. To learn more about family-friendly activities on the forest, visit