Welcome to the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area are part of the Siuslaw National Forest. The Siuslaw National Forest offers unique and virtually unlimited opportunities for students to explore Oregon’s Coast Mountain Range, old growth forest and coastal intertidal zones including the dynamic Oregon Dunes.
Our staff of educators includes volunteer and professional naturalists and specific subject matter experts including marine biologists, fisheries biologists and botanists.
Additional resources for classroom curriculum and activities are available in the ‘Additional Resources‘ section in the right sidebar of this page.
Visit Cape Perpetua!
School groups visiting Cape Perpetua scenic area generally begin their visit at the Visitor Center located three miles south of Yachats, Oregon just off of Hwy 101. From this location field trips access both the intertidal areas and old growth forest.
Explorations of the forest and sea connections make this area an exciting outdoor classroom where you can study flora, fauna, geology and relationships.
Visit Oregon Dunes!
The Oregon Dunes Day Use Area is on the west side of Hwy 101 at mile marker 201, 11 miles south of Florence, Oregon. Students can participate in guided hikes and learning stations on invasive species, geology, snowy plover and dune wildlife habitats. Students visiting the Oregon Dunes have also engaged in service projects and guided hikes at the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area.
Service projects support the Forest’s efforts to eradicate Scotch Broom, an invasive plant that threatens the natural function of the dunes. Guided hikes focus on the unique ecosystem supported by the dunes including several endangered species such as the Snowy Plover.
Calling All 4th Graders!
Every Kid in the Park Program
Our country is full of dazzling landscapes where you can play and learn. They protect our wildlife and resources. They let us look into the past and protect our history. Keeping them public supports a healthy planet.
Every Kid in a Park was created so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free. Beginning each September, if you are a US 4th grader (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) you can receive an Every Kid in a Park voucher or pass to gain unlimited, free access to any federal lands or waters for a year!
To find out more information or how to print vouchers for your students visit https://everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/educator. You can also schedule an in class visit for your students from a Ranger to hand out the hard passes and have a lesson on our forests. Request more information by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at (541)547-3289.
Hike the P.A.W.N. Trail!
The P.A.W.N. Trail is a one mile loop trail next to the north fork of the Siuslaw River. The Siuslaw River has been the focus of salmon habitat restoration efforts and the surrounding Douglas fir and western hemlock forest are some of the oldest found on the Oregon Coast. Students can explore the impacts of fire as well as the characteristics of a natural, temperate rainforest. The trail name is an acronym for the names of early homesteaders in the area. You can take a self-guided hike using the P.A.W.N. Trail Brochure and map and information.
Directions to the P.A.W.N. trailhead:
- From Florence, Oregon travel east on Highway 126 for 1 mile to Forest Road # 5070.
- Travel 12 miles to Forest Road # 5084 keeping to the right and travel 5 miles to trailhead.
Most school groups visit April through June and September through October. For more information on school visit dates and available programs, please visit the School Visit Details page.
Follow the instructions below to register your school group.