Oregon Coast OMSI Facility to Include Large Science Camp
(Newport, Oregon) – Construction is still a long ways off for the planned Oregon coast addition of Portland’s OMSI, but already the science hotspot is working on a marine sciences camp that would serve 5,000 over the course of a year. (Above: Newport).
The Coastal Discovery Center is set to start construction in 2015 and be open in 2016. However, what will be called Camp Gray recently announced more of its approach, which includes a year-round immersive camp experience for the hands-on study of the Oregon coast ecosystem.
The design includes finalized plans for a lodge, 156 student beds plus staff housing, classrooms, and property restoration with dunes, trees, and native plants. The idea is to encourage environmental stewardship and build skills and awareness that could lead to the pursuit of careers in marine science, technology and engineering fields.
“This project is a natural fit for OMSI, given its established leadership in hands-on education, the rich resources on the Oregon Coast has to offer, and the potential collaborations with marine educators including at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, NOAA and Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center,” said Chris Hall, co-chair of the Coastal Discovery Campaign.
OMSI has worked closely with Newport city leaders, Lincoln County officials, education and research institutes, local business groups, the Lincoln County School District and other area organizations to reach this stage.
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Story by Oregon Coast Beach Connection