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.

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.

 

Travel Oregon – Matching Grants Programs

Are you looking for matching grant funds to complete a tourism-related project? Take a look at Travel Oregon’s grant programs to see if you fit the eligibility requirements to apply for funding.

“CONVERSATION WITH FUNDERS” EVENT SERIES
Travel Oregon will join several Oregon agencies as they travel around the state for the “Conversation with Funders” event series in February. Bring your grant-related questions for this opportunity to have one-on-one time with the different funders. These free events are open to the public and do not require a registration to attend.

  • MEET grant program staff from some of Oregon’s tourism and cultural agencies
  • LEARN about available grants, programming resources and nonprofit services
  • SHARE your project ideas, needs and challenges
  • CONNECT with other organizations in your community

VIEW THE AGENDA

Visit the Oregon Cultural Trust or contact Aili Schreiner at aili.schreiner@oregon.gov or 503-986-0089 for more information.

Conversation with Funders

February 7, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Liberty Theatre, McTavish Room
1203 Commercial Street
Astoria, Ore.
February 8, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Newport Performing Arts Center
777 W Olive Street
Newport, Ore.
February 9, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Coos History Museum
1210 N. Front Street
Coos Bay, Ore.
February 14, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill Street SE
Salem, Ore.
February 15, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Cerimon House
5131 NE 23rd Ave.
Portland, Ore.
February 16, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Pendleton Center for the Arts
214 N Main Street
Pendleton, Ore.
February 22, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Jackson County Library, Adams Conference Room
205 S Central Ave.
Medford, Ore.
February 23, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eugene Public Library, Bascom/Tykeson Room
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, Ore.
February 28, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Sunriver Area Public Library
56855 Venture Lane
Sunriver, Ore.