Lincoln City's Explorience Program

Discover Lincoln City’s Exploriences program, a series of free, hands-on learning events led by local experts. You'll be able to learn how to clam, crab, identify marine life, and find agates.

Next time you visit Lincoln City, make sure to check out the Exploriences. Exploriences are a series of free, hands-on experiences led by local experts that allow you to get out and explore Lincoln City. Add some local knowledge to the souvenirs you bring home from Lincoln City.

Adventure awaits with beachcombing, tide pooling, crabbing, clamming, bird watching, and hiking. It all kicks off this January with the Beachcombing Explorience, sponsored by Rock Your World: Pacific NW Gem & Jewelry Gallery. The treasure hunt begins with an orientation by a local expert, followed by a guided exploration of the beach. Your guide will help you find and identify coastal treasures such as agates, fossils, shells, and minerals, and explain the unique coastal geology along the way. Participants are encouraged to bring a warm jacket, gloves, sturdy outdoor shoes, and a reusable bag or container for collection. During your exploration, you might even be lucky enough to find a signature glass float, part of Finders Keepers.

Beginning in April, you can participate in our Tidepool Exploriences, which takes place on the beach at the NW 15th Street beach access. Join local experts from Hatfield Marine Science Center and Coast Watch to learn all about the fascinating creatures that live in the coast’s rocky intertidal pools. Your guides will take you on a tide pool tour to identify and explore marine life such as sea stars, anemones, urchins, and other colorful creatures.

Later in the year, you’ll be able to enjoy the bounty of Siletz Bay through Clamming and Crabbing Exploriences. Before heading out to the shoreline, you’ll learn about Oregon’s crabbing and clamming regulations, harvest methods, identification, cleaning, and cooking techniques. Then you'll hit the sand and try it for yourself. Cast a line from the shore of Siletz Bay and explore the mudflats at low tide and see what you can catch for dinner.

When you learn about Lincoln City through the Explorinces, not only do you become the expert, you also have a chance to win. Sign up for the digital passport (coming soon) or collect game pieces from the local experts. When you complete five different Explorience programs, you are eligible to become a member of the Explorers Club where you’ll be entered to win great prizes. And when you’re a member of the Explorers Club, you’re a member for the life of the program.

All of the Exploriences are great family-friendly experiences, date ideas, or simply a day where you can learn something new on your own. Exploriences last approximately one to two hours and are completely free. No registration is required. Mark your calendars and don’t forget to check in to each location to become a part of the Explorers Club.

For further information, what equipment you’ll need, and upcoming dates, visit our Explorience page.

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