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Rock on! HRAP reopens for 2018 beach season

From Feb. 9 through October, interact with Cannon Beach’s Haystack Rock Awareness Program volunteers down at the beach

Published on February 9, 2018 7:17PM

Last changed on February 9, 2018 7:24PM

Observers with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program keep a sharp eye on the puffin population as numbers in recent years have continued to dwindle despite research and educational efforts to revive the colony.

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Observers with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program keep a sharp eye on the puffin population as numbers in recent years have continued to dwindle despite research and educational efforts to revive the colony.

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Haystack Rock Awareness Program workers pull boxes of HRAP materials out of the program’s truck to distribute to the public in 2015.

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Haystack Rock Awareness Program workers pull boxes of HRAP materials out of the program’s truck to distribute to the public in 2015.

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CANNON BEACH — The Haystack Rock Awareness Program invites you to join them daily on the beach during low tide Friday, Feb. 9, through the end of October. The program is entering its 33rd season on the beach!

Having educated more than a million visitors and thousands of students over the years, the program’s mission is to “protect, through education, the intertidal and bird ecology of the Marine Garden and National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock.”

HRAP Rocky Shore Environmental Interpreters will be on the beach during low tides to educate visitors at Haystack Rock about biodiversity found on and around the rock. Our free public education program will change as the seasons change, with the arrival and departure of various animals to the area.

We offer bird scopes, aquaria stations, an interactive visitor table with a microscope and many other exciting educational opportunities.

HRAP welcomes volunteers of all ages, including families. Program volunteers participate in a variety of activities on the beach and behind the scenes, plus a chance to make jewelry for our new Trash Talk Project.

There is no minimum time commitment required, and we have wonderful volunteers come from all around Oregon and Washington. Those interested in volunteering should contact Lisa Habecker, our education and volunteer coordinator and 15-year HRAP veteran, by email (habecker@ci.cannon-beach.or.us) or phone (503-436-8064). Teachers, instructors or groups interested in a field trip and/or tour of the rock should contact Habecker as well.

This season we will be offering returning favorite and all new special events, educational classes and workshops for kids and adults.

The complete beach schedule can be found on the City of Cannon Beach website, under the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.

For questions or comments, contact Haystack Rock Awareness Program Coordinator Melissa Keyser at 503-436-8060 or hrap@ci.cannon-beach.or.us.



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