Last month, Dr. Scott Reed, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and Director of OSU Extension, visited the South Coast to learn more about the unique partnerships working to grow the tourism and outdoor recreation economy in the region. Dr. Reed met with Jim Seeley and Marie Simonds of the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance to talk about their work with OSU Extension.

You can watch a longer video about collaboration around tourism and economic development featuring OSU Extension Associate Professor of Tourism and Business Development here.

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Each spring, Oregon’s travel and tourism industry comes together at the Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism to educate, share and develop new ways to create the best Oregon experience possible for our visitors and the industry itself. Access to Oregon’s key travel and tourism industry players at the conference is an unparalleled resource for individuals new to the industry or to the state, or those who want to become more involved at a local, regional, state or national level. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to learn about tourism trends, best practices and the latest thinking around product development, social media, marketing, and other travel and tourism industry topics and trends.

Mark your calendars for May 10-12, 2017 and join us at the Salem Convention Center. Register today – early bird rates end March 31st!

Gray Whale

People come from all over the world to learn about the gray whales that travel along the Oregon coast. This year the spring Whale Watching Week takes place March 25, 2017-April 1, 2017. During this time “Whale Watching Spoken Here” volunteers are stationed at great whale watching sites up and down the coast to provide assistance in spotting whales from shore. You may also want to get out on the water with one of the Charter Boats offereing Whale Watching Tours! 

Whales are visible from Oregon’s shores all year long although some months are better than others. In the winter we watch nearly 20,000 gray whales from mid-December through mid-January as they travel south to the warm lagoons of Baja, Mexico. Spring watching begins in late March as the gray whales travel north on their way to Alaska. The first surge swims by around the end of March and we watch the north-bound whales all the way until June.

Check out this map for a list of 24 designated locations volunteers will be staffed during the upcoming Whale Watching Week, including the location nearest you.