Recognizing the need, opportunity, and potential for collaboration between the Hatfield Marine
Science Visitor Center, Oregon Sea Grant’s Youth Marine Education and Ornamental Fish
Health Programs, Oregon Coast Community College Aquarium Science Program, and the
Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Sea Grant convened a workgroup and funded this conceptual
planning study for a new state-of-the-art youth and family marine education teaching facility.
As the OSU programs at the Hatfield Marine Science Center grow, especially in the undergraduate
and graduate areas, current teaching facilities could be stretched beyond their capacity. Similarly,
there are limitations on the growth capacity for the youth programs at the Oregon Coast
Aquarium. At the same time, there is a need to develop the art and science of informal education
for youth and families. The use of this facility would be part of a social laboratory for OSU. The
youth and family marine education building will enhance the overall experience of youth,
students, families, and visitors, while reducing conflicts and incompatible uses of research and
This new facility, designed with a green building concept, could potentially serve a variety of
purposes and program needs for Oregon State University, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and the
Oregon Coast Community College.
he purpose of this study and document is to serve as a useful tool for master planning and an
aide to facilitating further discussions and development of collaborative programming.
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Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center, located in Newport Oregon, houses various programs in its research and education complex. The Youth and Family Marine Education Building was planned in 2006 as an addition to the complex.
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