It’s National Estuaries Week – Sept. 15 – 22!

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Now in its 30th year, National Estuaries Week (NEW) is a nationwide celebration of our bays and estuaries and the many benefits they provide to local communities.

TEP is joining with local partners and organizations throughout the country to host local events in celebration of National Estuaries Week, from beach cleanups to marsh restoration events to kayaking tours.


See what’s coming up in Tillamook County:
September 22nd: Learn the Art of Growing Oysters

Do you enjoy Pacific Northwest oysters? Have you ever wondered about where the oysters come from? The oyster industry is an important part of Tillamook County and includes several farms, like Pacific Seafood operating out of Bay City, and one of the largest oyster hatcheries in the country, Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay.

This tour includes a stop at Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery followed by a Dock Walk along the marina in Garibaldi with the Pacific Seafood. Get a chance to board the oyster barge, learn about the gear and techniques used to harvest oysters, and more.

Co-hosted by WEBS and Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, this event is also part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Hosted by a consortium of volunteer community and non-profit organizations, these meaningful nature-based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy. For more information & to sign up, click here.

September 22nd: Join TEP at the Tillamook Farmers Market
Hear about the restoration programs of Tillamook Estuaries Partnership and the some of our plans to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in 2019. Learn how you can volunteer with some of our programs and what you can do at home and at work to conserve and protect our marine resources in Tillamook County!

Click here for video from Explore Nature …
Explore Nature is a series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Hosted throughout Tillamook County by Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS, Tillamook Bay Watershed Council, Nestucca, Neskowin and Sand Lake Watersheds Council, North Coast Land Conservancy, and Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. These meaningful, nature-based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve and conserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy.