Lincoln City launches Learning Feast, a new Chataqua-like series of learning vacations – April 3-16, 2011 – 2 weeks of interactive classes/workshops featuring culinary adventures, organic gardening, birdwatching, photography, blacksmithing, kayaking, kite building and more. The April series includes a 5-day “Ocean Harvest Seafood Intensive” where participants will catch and cook seafood dishes from Oregon’s coastal bounty and a 5-day “French Cooking Intensive” savoring the regional pleasures of French cuisine.

Beaver Creek State Natural Area opened October 1, 2010 – 374 acres of wetland, forest and meadows, including a quiet creek that is a paddler’s dream. The state bought the property for the Beaver Creek site – 7 miles south of Newport – using Oregon Lottery funds earmarked for land acquisition. Seven miles of boat-accessible hiking trails through meadows and forest of old growth Sitka spruce, culminating at the top of a knoll with views of the ocean. The visitor center will be accessible by land or water, offering maps, photos and information about the wildlife in the area.

Gold Beach/Pistol River ‘Wave Bash’ event – came back with a huge splash in June 2010 after 10 year hiatus. Made top 3 windsurfing magazines in US & UK; rated Pistol River (just south of Gold Beach) as “ONE OF THE TOP 5 SPOTS IN THE WORLD” for windsurfing/windsailing.  This event drew ‘Best in the World’ competitors from Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand, Hood River.  The 2011 Wave Bash is scheduled for June 2011.

Historic Restoration Heceta Lighthouse – July 2011 – Closing the lighthouse to do full restoration, rebuilding the trail and parking lot.  Restoring the historic stone wall; Cape Perpetua to Sea Lions Cave section of Hwy 101 nominated as National Historic Highway.  Project will include real-time videos for people to watch what is going on.

National Air Quality Control Center is located in Port Orford.  The clean air on Oregon’s south coast sets the US national standard.  The air quality in New York, or anywhere else in the country, is measured by comparison to the air in Port Orford.

For more information please contact Lucy Gibson

Public Relations Director or 888-628-2101