Coastal Learning Conference

The COASTAL LEARNING CONFERENCE is Oregon Coast Aquarium's annual professional development opportunity for Oregon educators on the coast and inland. The goal of this conference is to give educators content, activities, and resources to engage students in learning about marine life and ecosystems. Workshops will provide content knowledge, activity ideas, and pedagogical practice delivered by science and education experts. Participants also explore local ecosystems at nearby field trip sites.



October 11, 2019 – Newport, OR

Join us for a new-and-improved version of this long-running teacher conference organized by Oregon Coast Aquarium!

This year’s workshops will be longer and more immersive, providing in-depth exploration of topics focused on incorporating coastal topics no matter where you live and what you teach. Workshops will be delivered by a cohort of presenters from different organizations to provide a diversity of ideas, perspectives and resources.

In the afternoon, explore nearby places of natural beauty and learn how to troubleshoot field trips during our outdoor excursions, guided by environmental education experts.

Other activities include an ocean careers panel, community partner exhibitors, a keynote speaker, and more!

Registration for CLC2019 is open now until October 10! Click here to register

2019 events (subject to change)

Exhibitors Hall: representatives from local organizations will share information, hands-on displays, and teaching resources.

Keynote Speaker: Duncan Berry, Founder of Fishpeople Seafood

Morning Workshops

  • Creating a learning lab in your classroom
  • How to connect to the ocean wherever you live
  • Teach about the sea from all angles
  • Deep dive into coastal ecology

Panel: What does it take to become an ocean scientist?

Field Trips

  • Marine Discovery Tours sea life cruise
  • Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
  • OMSI Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray
  • Brian Booth State Park - Beaver Creek

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my transport/parking options at the event?

There is ample parking available at Oregon Coast Aquarium, which will be our main site and the location of all workshops except the field trips. Bus transportation will be provided for all field trips, departing from and returning to the Aquarium.

Do I need to register for workshops ahead of time?

Yes, at the registration page we will ask you to pre-select your chosen morning workshop and afternoon field trip. This is so that we can get an estimate of attendees for each event, and ensure none of them are overcrowded. If you would like to change your selection before the conference, you may do so by accessing your registration through your confirmation email from EventBrite.

I'm an LCSD teacher. Can I get in for free?

Yes! As always, we welcome all certified Lincoln County School District teachers to attend for free. You should have received an email with the special registration code for LCSD. If not, please contact using your LCSD email address to get the code.

Are there hotel rooms available for the event?

Yes. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Newport from October 10th-11th. To access the conference rate, call 541-265-6203 to make your reservations and mention the Coastal Learning Conference.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will have your information at check-in. If you would like, you can make your confirmation email available on your phone or tablet.

Can I get a refund if I can no longer attend?

Yes, you can receive a refund up to one week before the event. Contact us at or call 541-867-3474 ext. 1142.

Help us work towards being a Zero Waste Event!

Sustainability is a big part of our mission and lifestyle at Oregon Coast Aquarium. We have committed to the following actions at CLC2019:

    • Providing a lunch buffet rather than boxed lunches to save packaging
    • Eliminating single-use plastics wherever possible
    • Providing reusable name tags instead of disposable
    • Providing digital programs and reusable directional signs instead of paper
    • Using mass transit (buses) for field trips

Here are some ways you can help make the CLC even more eco-friendly:

    • Bring your own water bottle and coffee mug
    • Consider bringing your own utensils and napkin for lunch
    • If you bring snacks, choose items not wrapped in plastic