Tidepool Clinics

Learn about the fascinating creatures living in our rocky intertidal pools from local experts at one of our free public tidepool clinics.

These tidepool explorations begin with a scientific overview from local experts Fawn Custer of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and Athena Crichton of the Hatfield Marine Science Center. The clinics take place on the beach at the NW 15th Street beach access. Following the overview, Fawn and Athena take you on a tidepool tour to identify local marine life. You may see starfish, sea anemones, sea urchins and mussels. Clinics run approximately one hour, and questions and feedback are encouraged.

To get to the NW 15th Street beach access from Highway 101, turn west on to NW 15th Street and continue toward the ocean. There is ample street parking as well as a public parking lot nearby. Parking is also available at the Seagull Beachfront Motel near the beach access.

Essential Tidepool Gear

Exploring our tidepools can be a slippery business, and we recommend bringing:

Weather and ocean conditions can be unpredictable on the Oregon Coast. Please be mindful and practice beach safety during the tidepool clinics. Always face the ocean, be wary of beach logs and debris, and keep small children and animals near you at all times. Street parking is available near the beach access.


Monday, April 22, 2019 @ 9:30 AM
Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 12:30 PM
Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 11:30 AM
Friday, June 7, 2019 @ 10:30 AM
Saturday, June 8, 2019 @ 11:30 AM
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 8:30 AM
Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 10:00 AM
Saturday, July 6, 2019 @ 10:00 AM
Sunday, July 7, 2019 @ 11:00 AM
Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 8:30 AM


Our local experts will guide you through your experience. You bring your sense of adventure; they bring years of experience.

Fawn Custer brings her 25-plus years of teaching experience to this year’s Tidepool Clinics. She earned a BS in Science Education, a BS in Biological Sciences, a MS in Environmental Education and a MS in Integrated Sciences with postgraduate courses in learning behavior and free choice learning. Fawn is the Volunteer Coordinator for CoastWatch, a division of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, working with over 1,300 volunteers along the Oregon Coast to educate students about marine science around the region. She is an active member of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators and the Oregon Science Teachers Association. In her spare time, she loves exploring the Oregon Coast with her family.

Athena Crichton has lived on the Oregon Coast for over 20 years. Relocating from the Big Island of Hawaii, she has always had a profound interest in marine biology. Educated at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Oregon State University, Athena has spent the last 16 years teaching a variety of classes at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. In addition, she teaches marine education at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and has spent three years as Senior Marine Naturalist on Marine Discovery Tours in Newport. In her spare time, Athena enjoys spending time with her grandson, Parker, sailing and yes, going to the beach.

Explore Lincoln City is proud to partner with CoastWatch—the volunteer arm of OSCC to bring you this year’s Tide Pool Clinics. CoastWatch is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation and education of the Oregon Coastal region. CoastWatch serves as a guardian of the public interest for the Oregon Coast and is dedicated to preserving the natural communities, ecosystem and landscapes of the region while conserving the public’s access. CoastWatch pursues these ends through education, advocacy and engaging citizens to keep watch over and defend the Oregon Coast.

For more information about CoastWatch, and to become a volunteer, please visit OregonShores.org.

There are several great places to explore tidepools in Lincoln City. To learn more about tide pool locations and the sea life that inhabits them, please visit our Tidepooling page or give us a call at 541-996-1274.

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