Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Seeks Volunteers

Contact(s): Lori Robertson - 541.547.3289, Katie Sapp 541.750.7028

Yachats, OR –Do you enjoy talking with visitors and love to learn new things? If so, the Siuslaw National Forest is looking for fun and friendly volunteers to assist staff engage and guide the public visiting Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

     “Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is a fabulous natural attraction,” said Lori Robertson Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Director. “Located just 3 miles south of Yachats, we consider ourselves part of the local community.”

     The Scenic Area is known for hiking trails, an incredible view from the top of Cape Perpetua, old growth Sitka Spruce forests, tidepools, mushrooming and whale watching. In the summer the main visitor center and the Devil's Churn information booth are hopping with 300 to 600 visitors per day. In the off-season things slow down.

     “Typically, volunteers help us meet our staffing needs throughout the year,” said Robertson. “Without them, we would not be able to serve the public or offer all our programs each day.”

     Currently the biggest need is for volunteers to help at the Visitor Center front desk. Volunteers who like to hike the trails and people with local knowledge to help with interpretive talks are also highly sought after. During the summer season, we will also need people to staff the Devil’s Churn information booth.  Volunteers are always needed to help with trail maintenance.

     “Volunteer schedules can vary, some like to help regularly; once a week or more,” explains Roberson “while others prefer to help on a call as needed basis.  We can use people either way.”


     For a volunteer application or more information about volunteering at the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area call Lori Robertson at (541) 547 - 3289.  

     Visiting the Visitor Center is free, but a $5 Day Use Pass is required for visiting the area. Films and exhibits highlighting the entire Scenic Area will also be available at the Visitor Center Theater during winter operating hours—10 4 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

     The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is located three miles south of Yachats on Highway 101 and is famous for breath-taking views of the sea and forest. For more information, please call the Visitor Center at 541-547-3289 or visit us on the web at You can also follow us at and


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