University of Oregon

Marine Life Center


This page shows CMLC programs and events. 

For general information, or to  become a volunteer or member, please visit

Public Programs

Mar 10 – Coos Bay Public Library preschool storytime comes to the CMLC

Come listen to stories of marine life and then explore the center and meet our own ocean animal neighbors. View the event flyer for more information.

  • • Friday, March 10th
  • • 10:30 – 11:30am
  • • Geared toward pre-school aged kids, but all ages welcome
  • • Free for children and their parents

Mar 15 – CMLC goes to Science Pub Night at 7 Devils

Seaweeds: diverse, delightful and delicious

Nancy Treneman, CMLC educator and volunteer

Nancy will share the wonder of seaweeds! NOTE: This event will happen at the 7 Devils Brewing Company, a family-friendly restaurant at 247 S 2nd St, Coos Bay. For more information, check out the Facebook Event page.

  • • Wednesday, March 15th
  • • Starts at 7 pm
  • • 247 S 2nd St, Coos Bay



Mar 28 – CMLC goes to Science on Screen at the Egyptian Theater


Movie: The Abyss

Dr. Craig Young –  OIMB Director and deep-sea biologist
Caitlin Plowman – OIMB graduate student

Science on Screen will be showing the 1989 film by James Cameron, The Abyss. The movie follows a US search and recovery team, who work with an oil platform crew to recover a sunken American submarine. They are racing against a Russian vessel and trying to deal with the challenges of working under water when they encounter something unexpected deep in the ocean.  Dr. Craig Young and his graduate student, Caitlin Plowman, will provide a brief introduction to the movie and a presentation about what working in the deep-sea is really like and introduce some of the truly strange creatures who live there.

  • • Tuesday, March 28th
  • • Starts at 7 pm
  • • Admission is Free
  • • At the Egyptian Theater: 229 S Broadway, Coos Bay, OR 97420


School Programs – Advance Registration Required

Teachers – Bring Your Students to the CMLC!

To arrange school group visits, please fill out our School Group Registration Form.

Class Tours

img_0234Bring your students to tour the CMLC Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm. Center staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

  • • $1.50 per student
  • • Teachers and chaperones are free
  • • Must have 1 chaperone for every 6 students (preK-6th grade) or every 10 students (7th – 12th grade)


Class Programs

We offer guided educational programs geared to NGSS standards. NOTE: We are still developing and testing programs, so check back throughout the year for more options.

  • • $3.00 per student
  • • Teachers and chaperones are free
  • • Must have 1 chaperone for every 6 students (preK-6th grade) or every 10 students (7th – 12th grade)

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The skeletal architecture of marine mammals is very different than that of terrestrial mammals due to the nature of the medium they move through: water.  In this program students will investigate and compare the skeletons of whales and dolphins to develop hypotheses as to how skeletal anatomy relates to swimming, diving, and feeding capabilities.  Based on the observations and knowledge gained from these comparisons, students will put together the skeleton of a “mystery” cetacean and identify its method of moving and feeding.  The program emphasizes the diversity of ways whales and dolphins move and feed in the water.

Concepts covered:
Cetacean diversity
The mechanics of motion
Anatomical form & function
Developing hypotheses from observations

  • • Grades: Middle and High School
  • • Time: This program takes a full 2 hours. We recommend you plan for 2 1/2 hours so students can also look around the CMLC

Sharks of the Oregon Coast — Designed to Survive

This program introduces students to the variety of sharks found off Oregon and to the adaptations of sharks that make them successful in their various environments.  Sharks come in a range of sizes and shapes, eat a variety of prey, and are found in just about every ocean habitat.  At least 16 species are found off the Oregon coast.  Students will handle and examine shark jaws, teeth fossils, and skin, and learn about Oregon’s sharks and how shark sensory systems and physical adaptations have allowed them to roam the ocean for more than 400 million years.

Concepts covered:
Shark Diversity
Sensory Systems
Ecosystem Health

  • • Grades: 4th – 6th
  • • Time: Program lasts 45 min, but please plan on 1 hour 15 min total so students have time to explore the rest of the CMLC


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Wind Turbine

The CMLC is the first net-zero building in the area, getting all of its power from a wind turbine on the OIMB campus.

This is part of the University of Oregon’s Sustainability program and is the UO’s first venture into wind power.